Interior Architecture/Design


  • Building conservation, preservation, & adaptive re-use
  • Hands-on experience
  • State-of-the-art facilities

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Our graduate program in Interior Architecture/Design prepares students for the profession by engaging them in an array of specialized courses ranging from design, aesthetics, history and advanced digital media, to lighting, detailing and sustainability. Each student pursues a comprehensive, two-semester Thesis Project that concentrates on new and appropriate uses for abandoned buildings in our region. Ultimately, the purpose of the Thesis is to investigate new design ideas that can lead to the revitalization of both our downtowns and our neighborhoods.

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Accomplished Architecture Faculty

Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies

W. Kevin Wyllie
Director, Graduate Interior Architecture Studies

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design

Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Marywood's School of Architecture is a place for research, exploration, and testing ideas. We believe in quilted knowledge -- the notion that we learn most effectively by weaving together concepts to discover meaningful applications. Our facilities support this holistic approach to learning.


The School of Architecture is a state-of-the-art example of sustainable design. It's a spacious, adaptive re-use of Marywood's former gymnasium. It features:

  • Two levels of studios
  • Fully-equipped woodshop
  • Plaster-casting room
  • Printers and plotters
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) lab
  • Student lounge
  • Reference library

A two-story commons under a continuous skylight harvests abundant natural light throughout the day and serves as the building's "agora" - an open, shared, central space for educational exchanges among students and faculty. This is an ideal place for group discussions, debates, displays, and project critiques.

Every student is provided an individual work space with a drawing board, personal storage area, pin-up wall, and space for a laptop.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Course of Study (Typical)

Year 1


IARC 513 Thesis Research
IARC 514 Issues in Contemporary Interior Architecture
  Total 6


IARC 510 Design Thesis I 6
IARC 512 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
IARC 516 Visual Culture and the Built Environment
IARC 599A Principles of Adaptive Reuse
  Total 15


IARC 520 Design Thesis II 6
IARC 522 Detailing Interior Architecture
IARC 525 Thesis Documentation
IARC 5XX Program Elective
  Total 15