MASTER'S DEGREE RESEARCH THESIS
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IN INTERIOR DESIGN EDUCATION: STUDENT AND EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE
My own work in learning and using Revit sparked my interest in this thesis topic. At times I felt I was allowing the software to influence and/or limit my design decisions. A literature search revealed this had been a concern of some educators during the initial implementation of the software into curricula of architecture and interior design programs. I became curious as to the current state of use of the software in higher education interior design programs.
The study was exploratory in nature, using two surveys directed at faculty and students of the 185 CIDA-accredited interior design programs in North America. The surveys addressed several layers of questioning. The first layer involved curriculum such as percentage of programs teaching BIM software, and timing and type of coursework. The second layer investigated if using BIM software might be influencing the teaching and learning of interior design. The third layer addressed student and faculty attitudes toward use of the software. Findings were analyzed and presented using descriptive and inferential statistics.
The presentation poster to the right summarizes the research design and main findings of the study. Buildings on Marymount's campus serve as the backdrop, with findings presented as they relate to demographics, curriculum, design process and use of software, and potential impact post-graduation. I have submitted an abstract for consideration for presentation at the IDEC 2016 Annual Conference, to be followed by a paper submission to Journal of Interior Design.
Advisory Committee: Bridget A. May, PhD, FIDEC, Allied ASID
Douglas Seidler, M. Arch
Susan Tully, MA, ASID