Interior Architecture is holistic, collaborative, and formative focusing on mentorship and direction of students and their work in research-led projects or evidence-based practices during each module.
Areas of Study
Areas of Study
The Built Environment is our human-made surroundings that provide a stage for human activity and enhance our quality of life. These spaces range in scale from a personal to professional settings set in the fabric of a regional, city and culture. Our IA designers learn to contribute to these environments by developing experiences, strategies, systems of research and observation from nature and the synthetic world that they apply to their projects.
Students are taught methods that include function, safety and building code compliance, while generating aesthetically stimulating spaces. The program is designed to identify new approaches to current conditions of the environment and its effects on the well-being of occupants, including air quality and circulation, temperature control, ergonomic layout, physical circulation plan and related matters.
Students gain skill in translating their design of specialized environments through animation, set design, filmmaking, wayfinding and environmental graphics.
One of the most effective design tools—lighting, can create both dramatic and subtle experiences in the built environment. Understanding the usage of light as both an ergonomic and aesthetic element, capable designs can bring a sense of unity and intent to spaces. We encourage students to research, explore and experiment with emerging lighting technologies and their use in the built environment and the arts.
Interior Design is the development and implementation of an interior environment that provides the highest level of safety, function and overall enhancement to an inhabitants’ quality of life. Designers are trained to identify, research and innovate design solutions that fulfill client project goals. This also includes an decorum of culture, economy, history, and taste. With a deep understanding of design at the level of direct human experience, our IA Designers develop their work within a building shell, responding to the physical location and social context of a project to develop spaces resonating with the future occupants.
Students explore theoretical relationships within society around objects of design, their form and function. Student projects include fashion, textiles, furnishings, lighting and smart technologies. With access to a fabrication shop, students learn to construct prototypes and models using a wide range of materials.
Material + Construction Technology
The curation and selection of materials is the most intimate of design considerations. Sustainability, tactility, aesthetics and longevity blend together to form the basis of everything that it touched within the built environment. Students learn the global, environmental impact of waste. The IA curricula mission is to integrate manufacturing methods of upcycling, repurposing to achieve zero waste and cost efficiency.
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