Faculty: Amal Shah

An inquiry into the cause and effect of material innovation in Interior Architecture practices

Throughout history, built spaces have been shaped by the continual transformation of material technologies and application methods. Consequently, its development course is inseparable from the shifting terrain of technology and its social effects. This intrinsic alignment with change—from a welcomed or critical perspective—reveals how architecture and design are inherently tied to material innovation. On the one hand, new products and processes have transformed space-making and interior design practice by enabling alternative construction techniques and novel spatial possibilities. On the other hand, the designer’s use of materials in unexpected ways has shown the design’s ability to inspire new growth in construction-related industries and stimulate cultural change. Both trends show the extent to which the innovative application of materials has been vital to the advancement of interior design.
Materials are manipulated and assembled to form an interior space. This practice can create unique or novel experiences for its occupants. The function and occupancy of any space can be affected by its materials. Innovations in materials can develop novel solutions for spaces through an intentional application. Critically analysing such materials’ features and characteristics can help designers understand the role and importance of creating innovative materials.

Technology has become a critical factor in influencing innovative materials, which can make them beneficial for the practice of interior architecture. It can also create a difference in how they are applied in space. The innovative materials that will be studied will focus on these issues and the construction and assembly techniques that drive them in interior architecture.
The students will utilise frameworks Blaine Brownell and Christopher Elsner developed for this research project.

Directed Research Project

Madhav Agrawal investigates the perceptions and notions regarding polymers and their transformative role in shaping the design, functionality, and user experience of modern interior architecture. Helly Patel investigates the cause and effect of Digital fabrication in interior design production practices and how it leads to innovation in wood.

Pranjal Patel Investigates the role of material innovation in shaping ‘Experiential’ Retail spaces to differentiate themselves in a competitive market in India. Yanshie Shah investigates the underlying equilibrium between sustainability and aesthetics, driving material innovation in hotels located in eco-sensitive zones of the western Ghats.