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Interior Architecture

Push the boundaries of design as you conceptualize three-dimensional spaces

Students in a classroom Design in Schools, a program created to educate D.C.-area high school students about interior architecture and design, also provides BFA students an opportunity to explain their design projects.

The Corcoran's Interior Architecture (IA) Program offers students a unique opportunity to study, learn, and create within a creative environment at a major research university. Our program is the only Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program within Washington, D.C., and one of only four design programs located at a top-ranked research university.

We foster an environment that encourages creativity and pushes the boundaries of design with an emphasis on conceptual thinking and the design process. Through our studio-based curriculum, the core of our program, students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials, and innovative methods and techniques.  



Distinguished Design Lecture 

Student Achievement: 2017 BFA Interior Architecture Graduates

91% of 2017 BFA IA graduates were working in design related industries or enrolled in graduate programs within six months.

Job Placement

73% of BFA 2017 graduates were employed in design related industries within six months.

Firms employing our 2017 BFA graduates

Leo A Daly, Washington, DC
Tracy Morris Design, LLC, Mclean, VA
Zoe Feldman Design, Washington, DC
Simeone Dreary Design Group, Chicago, IL
Windle & Goodman, LLC, Washington, DC
Atelier MJK, Washington, DC
Kelley Proxmire, Inc., Bethesda, MD
J. Lambeth, Washington, DC

Acceptance into graduate programs

18% of 2017 BFA graduates were accepted and enrolled in graduate programs within six months after graduation. 100% of those who applied to graduate school were accepted.

Educational Institutions attended by 2017 BFA Graduates

University of Southern California (Master of Architecture)
California College of the Arts (MFA Industrial/Interaction Design)


92% retention (Calculated from second semester sophomore year, spring 2015, to graduation in the spring of 2017.)


In the Interior Architecture program, you’ll take a broad range of courses to become knowledgeable in this creative field. All students are required to complete an internship, providing experiences you can apply your skills to. You must fulfill the Columbian College general requirements along with the Interior Architecture coursework.

Program-Specific Curriculum


To apply to the Interior Architecture program, you must complete the online application and submit all required materials. No portfolio is required. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides more information on the process.

If you have questions about applying, please contact  Professor Scott Jones at [email protected] or 202-242-6703.

For more information about financial aid and funding opportunities, please refer to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.



Scott Mooney
Professorial Lecturer

Joshua Moores
Professorial Lecturer

Nadia Volchanksy Nieves
Assistant Professor

Vanessa Rai
Professorial Lecturer

Austin Raimon
Professorial Lecturer

Steven Reynolds
Professorial Lecturer

Carey Scasserra
Professorial Lecturer


Ira J. Shertzer
Professorial Lecturer

Erin Speck
Assistant Professor

Jonah Takagi
Professorial Lecturer

Diane Taitt
Professorial Lecturer

Stephanie Travis
Associate Professor

Patrick Williams
Professorial Lecturer