DIVISION 1 BEGINNING DESIGN/BOARD
COLLEGE DORM ROOM
Design the interior for a common college dorm room (roughly 240 square feet for 2 students).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS DIVISION?
- Chicago Public School students enrolled in a first year architecture course.
- Any CPS high school student not registered in an architecture course is also welcome to enter this division.
DESIGN PROCESS FOR DIVISION 1: BEGINNING DESIGN/BOARD: COLLEGE DORM ROOM
1) DEFINING THE PROBLEM
For this design challenge, the room will be occupied by two male students who are studying liberal arts. Each student needs (1) a bed/place to sleep, (2) a desk/place to work, (3) a closet/place to store clothes, and (4) a garbage container. Beyond these basic elements, feel free to incorporate additional elements, as long as you demonstrate why you have included them in relation to the other elements in the room. Working with these parameters and digital plans provided by Chicago Architecture Foundation, you will create your own vision of how to maximize a dorm room for two students.
2) COLLECTING INFORMATION
You can find a floor plan of the college dorm here.
What are some common items found in an average dorm room? What are some of the more common challenges of living in such a space? Use the internet to research dorm rooms and obtain inspiration for your design. Ask your friends; what would the “dream dorm” be for you? If you have a friend in college, visit their dorm room and see first-hand what it means to share a small room with someone else. Finally, try to think “outside of the box” to design new ways to make the best use of a small space. Can you think of a new way to live inside of a small space?
Here are websites that can function as a checklist for things you could need in a dorm:
And similar design work done by CAF Studio Saturday students
3) BRAINSTORM & ANALYZE
- Can you think of ideas that could change the way people share small rooms at college?
- Is your furniture flexible? Fixed or moveable?
- What are some of the possible ways that your furniture could be situated?
4) DEVELOP SOLUTIONS
- What are the final elements that you will be working with?
- Create bubble diagrams of the space to determine how the room could be divided.
- Sketch the floor plan for your final design.
5) GATHER FEEDBACK
- Show your teachers and fellow classmates your dorm ideas to get suggestions for improvement.
- Do you notice any patterns in the feedback you received?
6) IMPROVE AND FINISH YOUR DESIGN
Incorporate the feedback into your design, and refine your project until you feel comfortable submitting it to the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the Newhouse judges to evaluate.
Your final project must include the following components:
A floor plan drawing. You may not change the dimensions of the room provided.Line drawings such as floor plans and elevations should include a scale, for reference.
Final drawings of your dorm room. Any drawing technique – computer or hand drawing – may be used.
Concept sketches, plans, elevations, and sections as needed, to show your design process.
A written description of your design idea incorporated into your board.
These elements must be presented in a final, single board: Sleeping areas/Beds (2), Work Areas/Desks (2), Clothes Storage (2), and a single garbage can.
Final projects must be presented on one (1) piece of paper, mounted on one (1) project board.
Paper size must be 18” x 24” center mounted on a black 22” x 28” mat board.
Please follow these rules when working on this Newhouse division:
The room size and/or dimensions may not be adjusted.No physical models will be accepted. If you design a model, please photograph it and include the picture as part of your presentation boards or portfolio.
Individuals only (project may not be submitted in teams).
Boards only! (no portfolios for this division)
The judges will be evaluating your design project on:
Originality and creativity in design
Ability to creatively solve the design problem as presented
Thoughtful description of final design
Well executed drawings and representations of design
Composition of presentation board