Department of Interior Architecture Graduate Programs

Innovation and Leadership in Interior Architecture

Our interior architecture graduate programs prepare broadly educated designers to act as independent interior design problem solvers while providing collaborative experiences that will enable them to be valuable team members in today’s complex and dynamic research and design projects. Our unique multidisciplinary structure allows graduate students to integrate theory and practice from other environmental design disciplines while immersed in interior design and research.

Our human-centered approach informs all aspects of our work—from small details to large complex projects and spaces.

Graduate programs include three options for earning an accredited professional degree:

  • Master of Interior Architecture I for those with limited academic design experience
  • Master of Interior Architecture II for those with an affiliated design degree
  • Concurrent professional degree in Interior Architecture and Architecture

In addition, there is an applied research post-professional degree—the MS in Interior Architecture.

Within the programs we focus on designing new and revitalizing existing spaces in urban, suburban, and rural settings to be uplifting, healthy, and sustainable.

Students have opportunities to choose studios that are relevant to their individual interests and academic needs. Intermediate and advanced students are united into a single learning community where peer teaching among students is encouraged. The Interior Architecture graduate program is located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.


The Student Experience

The Interior Architecture program emphasizes collaboration in a noncompetitive but rigorous learning environment. Graduate students work closely with faculty in small enrollment studios, required courses, and advanced electives. We nurture our graduates by involving them in specialized seminars and discussion sections, faculty research, and mentoring relationships throughout the program. Working designers, architects, and design researchers are an integral part of the learning experience. Endowed professorships bring prominent designers to campus each year to teach and lecture, and designers from across the west coast visit as studio reviewers.


Engaged Faculty

We strive to create inclusive learning environments where interior architecture students and faculty share a rich and diverse mix of perspectives and abilities. Our faculty have a broad range of backgrounds, scholarly interests, and areas of expertise and fulfill multiple roles as educators, scholars, researchers, and design professionals. They engage in professional practice and service projects, participate in national and international competitions, publish work, and present research at professional meetings. Students have opportunities to engage in faculty-led research as well as independent research.

Faculty


Interior Architecture Graduate Degrees Offered


Funding

Awarded annually, graduate fellowships provide opportunities for significant financial support, as well as teaching and professional experience.


Let Us Show You Around

We encourage applicants to visit our facilities and meet faculty members and students in our programs. We offer tours in Eugene and in Portland during most of the year.


Accreditation

Our Master of Interior Architecture (MIArch) program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).