The Department for Interior Design was founded in 1985 as a part of the Design Faculty at HIT. Being a part of the wider training system of the Design Faculty provides the department a significant advantage, enabling it to train designers with wide vision and high professional ability
The teaching staff of the course lists architects, artists, designers and researchers with proven achievements in their fields in Israel and abroad.
Fields of Study
Intimate architectural design – The Interior Design Dept. considers one of its major training goals, when preparing students for the field of architecture, to be to focus on the creation of a user-proximate intimate environment. This intimate environment stems from the physical parameters of the projects and from the perception of human mental, spiritual and functional needs, as they are integrated into one spatial creation.
Intervention in Existing Structures – This specialization focuses on the intervention in an existing structure, as a given format, and its redesign for a specific purpose. This spatial intervention raises issues and subject-matter dealing with the space-structure design for all its contextual-environmental, cultural, historic and technological connections. The act of design itself places an emphasis on composition, shape, color, materialism and utility.
Historic Preservation – The preservation of historic structures, their documentation, studying their technological aspects and preservation methods (parallel to philosophical-historical learning) are supplementary department studies, featuring the local Mediterranean context.
Objectives and Guidelines for the B. Design Degree Program of Studies
The purpose of Interior Design studies toward a B. Design degree is to give future designers a high level of awareness and involvement in their society and culture, so that they may function professionally and creatively when working on projects and various design issues. The Dept. sees the graduate as an agent of culture, creating and influencing the surrounding environment, through an emphasis on the following aspects:
Architectural thinking: During the period of their studies, the students cope with the ideological-conceptual dimension of the architectural idea, by investigating the sources and the symbolic, philosophical and historic meanings.
Development of methodological awareness of the design process: Experience in project development provides the student with the basis for acquiring the professional and cognitive tools necessary to develop his/her ideas, on the one hand, and to communicate them, on the other.
Design project development: Imparting the professional ability to develop a projects from the pragmatic demands, through architectural composition qualities, to the elaborated design of spaces through consideration and technical and material understanding.
Sensitivity to environmental contexts: The interior design architect operates within a defined environmental and cultural context and must take into account various human factors, such as: relative standards, collective and individual memory, contexts related to architectural language and aesthetic and ecological ramifications.
Visual graphic skills: The development of perceptualization skills and the mastery of drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, sketching, model building and computerized imaging skills form the basis for the development and presentation of the architectural idea via the development of each artist's unique expressive tools.