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A Letter from the Director of Interior Architecture
The contemporary discourse of interior architecture and spatial design is undergoing unprecedented change. Emerging as a specialization within the profession of architecture, spatial design engages trans-disciplinary knowledge in a new and blended territory. Theoretical investigations, applied research, and studio work explore alternative methodologies as an inherently hybridized approach to design practice.
Identifying emerging opportunities within this discipline, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree that enables students to become enlightened design leaders and innovators. Design is the focus of undergraduate studies, combining research with building and community advocacy. Gaining experience and guidance from a globally-connected faculty, students work together in a research-focused studio curriculum enhanced by a premier digital fabrication facility.
The Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree focuses on architectural interiors and spatial design with particular emphasis on ecology, materials, and adaptability, as well as the social, cultural, and theoretical parameters of spatial design. Our four-year program offers 132 semester hours, including seventy-eight semester hours of interior architecture, architecture, and industrial design courses, forty of which are advanced courses at the 3000-level or higher. The degree includes core university curriculum requirements, as well as six semester hours of elective courses. Students of interior architecture, architecture, and industrial design share a common first-semester curriculum, while interior architecture and architecture share a common three-semester Foundation sequence.
Supporting design research and scholarship in interior architecture and spatial design, the ASD has been established to provide stewardship within and beyond our program. Resident faculty and students participate in a variety of research endeavors that advance the technological, material, and social promise of the discipline. ASD activities contribute to an open‐access database archiving in-house research, studio-work, publications, and exhibitions.
The Interior Architecture program invites you to participate and collaborate with the ASD—to ask bold questions, to propose innovative solutions, and to investigate the limitless potential of an emerging 21st century design discipline.