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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Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies

James J. Sullivan, RA, AIA
Dean, School of Architecture

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design
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Specific Program Requirements

Detailed admission requirements for the Interior Architecture (M.A.) program can be found on the School of Architecture website.

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