The Department of Interior Architecture + Design recently received university approval for a new liberal studies class in the Humanities and Cultural Practice category. The class, Design and the Human Experience was taught for the first time during the first summer session in London. Focusing on all types of design, students had the opportunity to focus on the design of the city, public space, buildings, interiors, exhibitions, sacred spaces, third places, and the importance of sustainable design.
Students from a number of different majors took the class and visited the Building Centre, Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Geffrye Museum, Covent Gardens, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, and Hyde Park. Together with the other students studying at the FSU Center in London, they visited Blenheim Palace, Oxford, and Westminster Abbey.
Lisa Waxman taught the class this summer, but the goal is for all interested IA+D faculty to have the chance to teach this class in London in the future. The class will allow non-majors to better understand the value of good design and it’s impact on the lived experience.