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Research Methods for Interior Design: Applying Interiority

Author/EditorVaux, Dana E. (University of Nebraska at (Author)
Wang, David (Washington State University (Author)
ISBN: 9780367139490
Pub Date06/08/2020
BindingPaperback
Pages264
Dimensions (mm)254(h) * 190(w)
Through four distinct sections, the authors not only lay out the theory of interiority-a subjective sense a person feels in his or her relation to a physical environment, which results in positive attachments of communal belonging-but also how designers can access interiority through a variety of research methodologies.
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Interior design has shifted significantly in the past fifty years from a focus on home decoration within family and consumer sciences to a focus on the impact of health and safety within the interior environment. This shift has called for a deeper focus in evidence-based research for interior design education and practice.


Research Methods for Interior Design provides a broad range of qualitative and quantitative examples, each highlighted as a case of interior design research. Each chapter is supplemented with an in-depth introduction, additional questions, suggested exercises, and additional research references. The book's subtitle, Applying Interiority, identifies one reason why the field of interior design is expanding, namely, all people wish to achieve a subjective sense of well-being within built environments, even when those environments are not defined by walls. The chapters of this book exemplify different ways to comprehend interiority through clearly defined research methodologies.


This book is a significant resource for interior design students, educators, and researchers in providing them with an expanded vision of what interior design research can encompass.

Interior design has shifted significantly in the past fifty years from a focus on home decoration within family and consumer sciences to a focus on the impact of health and safety within the interior environment. This shift has called for a deeper focus in evidence-based research for interior design education and practice.


Research Methods for Interior Design provides a broad range of qualitative and quantitative examples, each highlighted as a case of interior design research. Each chapter is supplemented with an in-depth introduction, additional questions, suggested exercises, and additional research references. The book's subtitle, Applying Interiority, identifies one reason why the field of interior design is expanding, namely, all people wish to achieve a subjective sense of well-being within built environments, even when those environments are not defined by walls. The chapters of this book exemplify different ways to comprehend interiority through clearly defined research methodologies.


This book is a significant resource for interior design students, educators, and researchers in providing them with an expanded vision of what interior design research can encompass.

Dana E. Vaux, PhD, is Associate Professor of Interior and Product Design at University of Nebraska Kearney. Her interdisciplinary scholarship investigates the connections between cultural-historical meanings and place. David Wang, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Washington State University. He has published extensively on design research, most notably, with Linda Groat, Architectural Research Methods, 2nd edition, 2013.

Introduction Dana E. Vaux and David Wang 1. Focus Groups: Interiority at the Scale of Neighborhoods: Exploring the health experiences of three cultural groups Tasoulla Hadjiyanni 2. Design ethnography: Understanding User Experience Within Flexible Workplaces: An Ethnographic Approach Isil Oygur, Ozgur Gocer and Ebru Ergoz Karahan 3. Narrative inquiry: Narratives of Healing: The Records of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in the Era of the Great Depression Erin Cunningham 4. Applied historic preservation: A Local Meeting Place: The Adaptive Reuse of the Huffman House Lisa Tucker 5. Oral histories: Living and Moving, Thingly (Interior) History Bryan D. Orthel 6. Philosophical method: Interior Design in the Common Sense David Wang 7. Logical argumentation: Understanding Place Meaning through Ethos Intensive Objects Dana E. Vaux 8. Mixed methods: Validating 'feeling at home': Developing a Psychological Construct Pattern to aid in the Design of Environments for the Homeless Jill Pable 9. Correlation: Correlating Interior Lighting with Teacher Productivity Levels in the Public preK-12 Classroom Alana Pulay 10. Scale Creation: Measuring the "Thirdplaceness" of Social Media Platform. Michael R. Langlais and Dana E. Vaux 11. Virtual simulation: Biometric Data and Virtual Response Testing in a Classroom Design. Saleh Kalantari 12. Creative scholarship: Computational design: organic growth and research tactics. An interview with Andrew Kudless by David Wang and Dana E. Vaux Index

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