BLDI-270: Commercial Design Studio

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Interior Design
Academic Level
Course Subject
Bldg Sciences-Interior Design
Course Number
Course Title
Commercial Design Studio
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
77.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
BLDA 130 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Explores how to integrate the interior design process into a small-scale, non-residential design project focusing on functional and aesthetic elements, and the integral relationship to user needs. Also discusses how to incorporate human factors, Universal Design principles, and building codes into the design process. Emphasizes environmentally responsible product selection and specification.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To provide students with knowledge and skills to analyze and resolve design problems in non-residential settings.  Students will be introduced to the concept of environmentally responsible design by incorporating Universal Design Principles and ADA codes into their projects and selecting sustainable materials using evidence based design research.  Students will further develop manual and CAD graphic skills and orally present final projects to jurors.

Core Course Topics
  1. Commercial space planning.
  2. Building type site visits.
  3. Evidence-based design.
  4. Commercial furniture, furnishings and finish specifications; basic building codes for fire, life and safety; ADA guidelines; accessibility and Universal Design Principles.
  5. Environmentally responsible commercial furniture, fixtures, furnishings and finishes; LEED credits; sustainable installation methods.
  6. Two and three-dimensional visual representations of commercial interiors.
  7. Write highly developed programming documents, design solutions, and specifications.
  8. Commercial presentation and sample boards.
  9. Oral presentations.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Critically analyze design problems in order to conceptualize, develop and create aesthetically pleasing and functional commercial interiors.
  2. Conduct site visits to identify user needs, collect data and analyze aesthetic and functional design concerns for various commercial building types.
  3. Apply evidence-based design to the selection and specification of furniture, fixtures, furnishings, and finishes.
  4. Assess and skillfully incorporate Universal Design Principles, ADA guidelines, and fire and basic life-safety codes into commercial design solutions.
  5. Analyze and specify sustainable commercial furniture, fixtures, furnishings and finishes identifying availability of LEED credits.
  6. Illustrate and further develop manual and AutoCAD drawing and presentations skills.
  7. Apply effective written communication skills in articulating design solutions, programming, ideation, concept development product research, and specifications.
  8. Demonstrate through project completion increased level of proficiency in graphic documentation, and the ability to create professional quality sample boards and visual presentation packages.
  9. Exhibit enhanced oral presentation skills in conveying design solutions.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Programming Binder
  • Construction Drawing Packet (Computer Generated)
  • Perspective Drawings and Elevations (Manual or Computer Generated)
  • Storyboard and Final Presentation Boards
  • Research, documentation and specifications of environmentally responsible furniture and finishes



Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by Faculty

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2023
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date