Julie Myers, ASID, IIDA, IDEC
Interior Architecture is a universe bounded by walls. Which is to say, its domain is anything in a room: from the physical to the theoretical; from décor to process; from a designing objects to implementing LEED standards.
At Cornish, you’ll find a universe of possibilities. Our Interior Architecture program is a growing cohort of peers, faculty, and specialists eager to research and explore those opportunities with you.
You will work alongside mentors in our Experience Studio to bring your ideas to life in 2D, in 3D, and in augmented and virtual environments. Classes are project-based, focused on real outcomes that integrate research and practical experience.
Though Interior Design, focused on lifestyle, is a study track that dates back to the 1950s at Cornish, Interior Architecture is now an expanded, independent department that adds new layers of inquiry-based study and practice. It looks to design thinking as a route for solving problems. Our instructors are leaders in the field as well as leaders in the community, including past presidents and board members from the American Society of Industrial Design (ASID), Industrial Design Society (IDS), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
The regional assets of the Pacific Northwest provide an ideal physical setting for your studies. Seattle, both cultural and design innovation hub, is attracting design talent from around the world as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. The city itself is a research laboratory where ideas for the design of interiors and the built environment are being incubated, tested, implemented and adapted every day in new buildings and renovations.
We couldn’t be more excited to be expanding this program, in this place, at this time. Join us and help shape the spaces that shape our lives.
Interior Architecture follows a generalized model, but each student’s program is individualized based on placement testing, transfer credits, and individual progress as the student advances. The first year of the program is spent in Foundations. Then the student chooses to specialize in Interior Architecture. Students are introduced to professional practice strategies in all four years of study. Students may participate in internships with professional firms to gain expertise in a variety of skill sets and industry outcomes. The completion of all studio courses requires the submission of portfolio accompanied by documentation of research, process records, and written statements of intent or reflection. Ongoing assessment is holistic, collaborative, and formative to provide meaningful feedback and direction for the completion of work in research-led projects or evidence-based practices during each module.
Students must successfully complete studio or related areas courses, general studies (humanities & sciences, critical & contextual studies), art/design/interior architecture history classes, and college electives. Model Programs are updated at the beginning of each academic year. This PDF contains the current year’s model programs for this program. Students should refer to the model program that was in effect for the year and term of their entrance to Cornish. View archived catalogs and model programs.
All incoming students will need to purchase a laptop and software before the start of classes. Provided below is a list for you to make sure you have everything you will need. In order to redeem the education discount you can either take your Cornish Student ID with you to an Apple store, or you can purchase directly through the Apple online store.
Students in Interior Architecture will
The program structure is designed to be flexible and responsive, where students work together and have access to open learning spaces and the sharing of facilities. During your four years at Cornish you will work within a studio-based environment supported by a diverse range of media, workshop and production facilities.
The Main Gallery has been a significant feature and resource at Cornish for many years, and has hosted the work of many renowned artists. Alongside the main space, students are invited to submit proposals to create work for The Collaboratory, a project space located in the gallery that is dedicated to interdisciplinary explorations across the College. This represents the very best of Cornish’s unique identity as one of only three colleges in North America that offers both the visual and performing arts.
Student agency is at the heart of Cornish. The Closet Gallery is a student run exhibition space. It is for the students, by the students. Our goal is to provide a professional environment for students to showcase their work while pursuing their degree.
The Visiting Artist Program is a key feature of your study and provides the context to meet artists working professionally. You will also have access to the annual lecture series linked with the Neddy Artist Awards.
Numerous resources are open to Cornish students such as the Mary Alice Cooley Print Collection and the Henry Art Gallery Collections at the University of Washington.