Aspiring Interior Designers promote sustainability at Potch Academy
Interior designers are independent and innovative
thinkers, who create inspiring functional and socially responsible spaces. The
role of an
interior designer, within the context of sustainable design, requires creativity, good problem-solving skills
and to visualize spaces three-dimensionally. The scope of this interior design
qualification includes subjects such as:
Interior Design in Practice, Building Science Theory, Technical Documentation
and Specification. “ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES”
form an important module within the
design is one of the fastest growing aspects of interior design. Its purpose is
to create healthy buildings and interiors with high indoor air quality,
effective energy use and simultaneously influence the perception and
productivity of the consumer positively.
Designers plan these spaces by means of
” based on the
views, natural light, environmentally friendly materials, nature inspired décor
accessories and colour use. It is the responsibility of the designer to
determine the implication of the manufacturing processes and types of materials
that are used and thereby educate the client about the different options
the cost calculation for sustainable design, it is fundamental to determine the
total cost over the long term after occupation.
The initial purchase and installation costs are sometimes higher but
because less energy is used during the life cycle of the design, it can still
be economically beneficial.
importance of preservation and restoration of historic interiors and “sustainable design
” are extensively
explored to ensure that the student demonstrate sufficient
knowledge regarding these environmental factors.
The students learn to recognise and
evaluate various materials, finishes, environmental systems and services
critically according to their properties. Thus, promoting responsible “special
needs” design choices such as: psychological and social needs for residential,
educational, commercial, recreation, hospital and elderly care environments.
You will be regarded as
competent in this study unit when you successfully apply all
knowledge gained to advise clients, through conscious design development
awareness regarding the manufacturing and choose materials to promote green
building design principles,
promoting the global impact of environmental design considerations at each stage of the design process.
Study at Potchefstroom Academy:
Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST Campus is situated in Potchefstroom, a
vibrant student town.
from the 3-year full time Interior Design (NQF level 6) qualification, the
Academy also offers full time, fully accredited
Photography, Somatology, Cosmetology, Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy,
Reflexology, Hairdressing and Business Studies. We also offer a full range of
short courses throughout the year.
Potchefstroom Academy has a keen interest in grooming the future
entrepreneurs of South Africa and Namibia. We educate our students by providing
them with the relevant insights and advice on how to successfully market their
skills and services through entrepreneurial pursuits.
created “Komorebi”, a residential design focused on the use of sustainable
materials in 2017.
Lize Cilliers, 3rd
student in 2017 ended under the top 20 for the PG Bison competition with her
design on the Heritage building, a concept focussing on green building
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