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Interior Architecture

Design three-dimensional spaces using dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials and innovative methods

"A New Dawn AYITI" in Marmont, Haiti "A New Dawn AYITI" is a collaboration of volunteer entities led by GW Interior Architecture & Design to design a sustainable, modular and replicable model for a healthcare facility in rural Haiti.

*Prospective students applying to the full-time, two-year, 60-credit MFA in Interior Architecture must not have an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture and must have an undergraduate degree with 30 hours of liberal arts and science courses.

The Interior Architecture (IA) program is the only Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)-accredited program in D.C., and the George Washington University (GW) is the fourth-highest-ranked university that offers interior architecture, according to U.S. News and World Report. As a part of this intellectual environment, the IAD curriculum focuses on aspects of the profession from sustainability to interior materials to graphic communication to lighting to history of architecture and design.

IA believes in fostering an environment that encourages creativity and pushes the boundaries of design with an emphasis on conceptual thinking and the design process. Students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials and innovative methods.

Design projects take advantage of our location within a research university in the nation’s capital with interdisciplinary studies that collaborate with diverse GW departments. Adaptive re-use projects positioned within historic contexts in D.C. complement the global vision of the university.

Some opportunities available to our MFA students include: the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; ‘Design in Schools’, a local high-school outreach program; IA’s annual non-profit design charrette; a summer study abroad program that focuses on the history and design of international cultures; and our Annual Distinguished Designer Lecture, which brings world renowned architects and designers to GW.

For more information about classes, please visit the GW Interior Architecture Program website.