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Interior Architecture

University of Oregon

According to DesignIntelligence, we are consistently a top program for sustainable design practices and principles focusing on cutting edge design ideas applied to complex real-world situations.


School of Architecture and Environment, Department of Interior Architecture
210 Lawrence Hall
Eugene, Oregon, 97403, United States

What We Offer

Summary

Please contact Jessica Wu at jwu21@uoregon.edu for more information.

The UO Interior Architecture program focuses on cutting edge design ideas applied to complex real-world situations. Our programs are student-centered with a focus on socially relevant and ecologically aware issues. Our master of architecture degree allow students to complete a professional degree, leading to licensure, in a stimulating academic environment that is characterized by cooperation, rigor and a commitment to human quality in the built environment. The program is studio based, with a full complement of professional courses with opportunities to focus in an area of special interest.

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. We focus on design and research strategies to revitalize, reuse, and adapt buildings to resonate with users and to provide uplifting, healthy, and sustainable interior environments. Our human-centered approach informs all aspects of our work from small details to large complex projects and spaces. Our graduate programs provide a unique inter-disciplinary platform for the study of interior design. The curriculum is wide and deep at the same time and prepares graduates to work at the forefront of interior design practice. We focus on adapting and revitalizing existing buildings as well as creating new environments and we prepare students to be design leaders on complex multi-faceted projects.

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 design and research professionals are an integral part of the learning experience and regularly visit the program as studio reviewers, visiting faculty, and lecturers.

The interior architecture program works closely with UO architecture to deliver content about the designed environment. Students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture can also pursue a concurrent Master’s degree in architecture.

Our program allows individuals to tailor their education. Graduate students who have completed core coursework select mid-level studios from a menu of options. Students conduct individual research, generate a program, find a site and design a large complex interior of their choice in their comprehensive studio. We have a “hands-on” program that blends design studies with technical know-how. During their course of study all interiors students; explore multiple building sites, circumstances, and users, design and fabricate a full-scale furniture prototype, design detailed lighting schemes and generate construction documents.

Over a third of our graduate students study design overseas and over half earn a concurrent master’s degree in architecture

Top designers visit from all over the world to teach in our furniture design studio.

We value collaboration and our unique non-graded vertical studios encourage experimentation and non-competitive learning.

We also offer the opportunity for students to pursue a Concurrent Masters degree track, which is a 4 year program for students to obtain a professionally accredited Master of Architecture and Master of Interior Architecture.


Academic Fields

Interior Architecture.
Art/Art Studies, General.
Industrial and Product Design.
Environmental Design/Architecture.

Degrees

Master's Degree, M.Iarc, M.IARC


Formats

Full Time, On-Campus

Keywords

Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Design, Sustainability

Contacts

Jessica Wu

Jessica Wu
Graduate Recruitment Manager
jwu21@uoregon.edu
jwu21@uoregon.edu
541-346-8053

Roxi Thoren

Roxi Thoren
Department Head
rthoren@uoregon.edu
rthoren@uoregon.edu

Who We're Looking For

Summary

We are looking for dedicated, collaborative, and environmentally sustainable minds. Our students come from an array of background as our professionally accredited Masters programs (M.Iarc) have a two options: Track 1 program (3 years, summer start program for students with no prior related experience/education) and the Track 2 program (2 years, fall start program for student with a related degree).

Our students are innovative and forward thinking, looking to solve real-world issues within the classroom with projects and actions that are transferable to the outside world. We foster a collaborative education environment to mimic professional situations and students who can grow, develop, and succeed in this way. Our curriculum is rigorous and focuses on both the practical and theoretical side of architecture and interior architecture. So that not only can you design a solution, but you can implement it as well. What we look for most in our students is hard work, determination, and a capacity for creativity.


Academic Backgrounds

Architectural Engineering.
Architecture.
Art.
Environmental Studies.
Industrial and Product Design.
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Target GPA

A- = 3.3-3.6

Exams

GRE - Optional

Verbal:

155


Quantitative:

155

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