Work by Megan Haley in Ebrahim Poustinchi's 2nd-year Spring 2016 interiors studio
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The School of Interiors is a community of design researchers, theorists, historians, and practitioners in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. We explore spatial design as a human-centered, critical practice focused on architectural interiors. Through our scholarship and community outreach endeavors, we advocate for the study of interiors as a complex, sensorial, intersectional, and equitable way of experiencing the world.

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Interiors Degrees

In addition to UK Core requirements, students in the School of Interiors must complete the following: 81 credit hours of major requirements, 18 credit hours of professional support electives, 3 hours of free electives, and any electives required to meet minimum credit hour standard for graduation.

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"We take a foundation + immersion approach. Students start with solid design instruction then the opportunity to translate that experience into tangible, real-world projects."

Studio Life

A human-centered philosophy guides creative work in the School of Interiors across the expansive territory of environmental and interior design. Conceptual development, visual representation, and technical skills form the core foundational education in the curriculum. Studio is the focus of undergraduate and graduate coursework, combining research with making and experimentation. Studio projects encourage speculation and building through community outreach, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Students in the College of Design work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment supported by a world-class digital fabrication facility.

Our outreach studios have served various communities within the Commonwealth, across the country and around the world. Many have partnered with community stakeholders to serve as advocates, facilitators, thinkers, designers and makers.


The School of Interiors is a professional degree program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This accreditation ensures professional training for entry into the practice of interior design and the educational foundation that will allow for professional testing (NCIDQ), certification or licensure at the individual state level.

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Advisory Board

Wayne Braun


Bill Peace

Peace Design

Eileen Jones

Perkins & Will

Chris Estes


LuAnn Holmes


Brittany Jones


Brandi Peacher

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Jack Weber

Gresham, Smith and Partners

Anne Filson

University of Kentucky

Katherine McCormick

University of Kentucky

Kathy Isaacs

University of Kentucky

Mary Lee O'Bryan

The Design Group

Jill Bastin


Amberlee Isabella