Exploring the dynamic field of architectural interiors, ranging in scale from domestic spaces to interior urbanism, the School of Interiors nurtures students to become the next generation of design innovators. Our curriculum develops critical thinkers who pursue diverse career pathways. Students are taught to challenge and reimagine the built environment by promoting design excellence through an awareness of the social, cognitive, and performative potentials of spatial design. Internships, design-build activities, and speculative community-based projects engage students with emerging issues in the field. Students participate in faculty-led field research trips within the United States and overseas.
Housed within a Research 1 university, our faculty participate in research, teaching, and professional practices that bridge the disciplines of environmental design, interior design, architecture, preservation, adaptive reuse, healthcare, lighting design, furniture design, exhibition design, digital fabrication, and emerging technologies. The interdisciplinary and multi-scalar composition of their work offers students a broad and globally-connected perspective on contemporary design practice. While focused on architectural interiors, the curriculum explores the ways in which the 21st century interiors discipline connects to architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, preservation, product design, social sciences, and the arts.
"We take a foundation + immersion approach. Students begin by learning fundamental design theories and principles, then translate and apply that knowledge to create tangible, real-world projects."
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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