Bodies in Space: The Human Dimension of Interior Environments

By Gregory Marinic and Meg Jackson.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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The human factor in interior architecture impacts all formal, spatial, and material conditions that directly interface with our own bodies occupying space. Simultaneously quotidian, existential, and temporal, the human experience of dwelling within buildings requires focused reconsideration. Prevailing conventions have established regulated and controlled approaches to accommodating various needs relative to issues of action, age, and ability. While fundamental anthropometrics and a basic understanding of interior architectural standards are certainly necessary for students of design—anthropometric tables, average human body size, and age-based percentile groupings reveal vast limitations in their singularity. Accordingly, an awareness of more subtle relationships is fundamental for designers of buildings, interior spaces, furniture, and objects. Action-and module-based investigations offer a third way.

Keywords: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Anthropometrics, Human Body, Foundation Design Studio, Beginning Design Student, Anthropomorphic

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.63-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.937MB).

Prof. Gregory Marinic

Assistant Professor and Director of Interior Architecture, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Gregory is Director of Interior Architecture and Assistant Professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston. His previous teaching experience includes undergraduate-graduate design studios and directed research at Pratt Institute, City University of New York, and Universidad de Monterrey. Gregory is director of d3, a New York-based art-architecture stewardship organization, and principal of Arquipelago, a New York- and Houston-based interdisciplinary practice in architecture, interiors, and branding that focuses on site-specificity, materials innovation, and improvisation. Arquipelago has been awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, AIA-IFRAA, AIA, Socio-Design Foundation, and ACSA; its work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. Prior to independent practice, Gregory worked as project architect in the New York and London offices of Rafael Viñoly Architects. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography-Urban Planning from Ohio University. His publications include International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT Press), Design Issues (MIT Press), Design Principles and Practices, International Journal of the Arts in Society, and various ACSA and DAMDI publications. Gregory serves as Associate Director of AIA Forward journal and editor of International Journal of the Arts in Society, Design Principles and Practices, IDEC:Exchange, and d3:dialog. Gregory is currently pursuing a PhD in Architecture at Texas A&M University where his research focuses on utopianism and diasporas. Gregory resides in New York and Houston.

Prof. Meg Jackson

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Meg Jackson is a lecturer in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston where she teaches in the interdisciplinary foundation studios for architecture, interior architecture, and industrial design students and leads the Advanced Spatial Design (ASD) research group. She is co-editor of the International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial Design (ii). Meg holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University GSAPP where she was the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Certificate. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art and Architecture from Middlebury College and traveled around the world as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her portfolio includes work at Atopia in New York City, RTKL Associates, and award-winning work at Baltimore-based Ziger Snead Architects. Prior to teaching at University of Houston, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Texas A&M University. She contributes as an invited jurist to several institutions, as well as for the annual d3 Natural Systems international competition. Meg Jackson is the director of megapixelstudios and a designer at the Houston-based architecture firm, Context3.