Academic Programs of Study

Interior Architecture/Design

Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA)

  • 4-year professional degree
  • Focus on interior spaces of buildings
  • Building conservation, preservation, and adaptive re-use

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Interior Architecture/Design at Marywood

Interior architects/designers create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. While the architect typically focuses on the building form and external profiles, relationships between buildings and landscape, the interior architect/designer's focus is primarily on the interior spaces of buildings. In this capacity, interior architects must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures, and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to the physical, social, psychological, and cultural needs of building users. Working with scales that range from that of the object (furniture and light fixtures) to that of the complex whole (ordering systems and spatial sequence) the interior architect requires the knowledge of experiential, the tectonic, the technical, and the theoretical.

Because of the commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture, students in the interior architecture program share similar professional core courses with students in architecture during the first two years of study.

As societies continue to re-examine their stock of existing buildings, the skills of interior architects/designers become increasingly important to clients seeking building conservation, preservation, and adaptive re-use.

This 4-year professional degree enables students to create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. In this capacity, interior architects/designers must understand the important role of materials, colors, textures and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to physical, social, psychological and cultural needs of building users.

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Maria MacDonald
Director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture Studies

Jayashree Shamanna
Clinical Instructor (Pro-Rata)

Stephen Garrison
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture/Design
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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