We invite you to join a dedicated group of students who are thinking globally, actively engaging in dynamic design processes, and creating imaginative solutions which promote the awareness and knowledge of the contributions of interior architecture to health, safety, and the welfare of people in a sustainable built environment. Graduates aspire to be active lifelong problem solvers, seeking to adapt current knowledge and emerging trends to meet the demands of a future marketplace.
Interior architecture is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive.
Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.
The design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.
Interior architecture includes a scope of services performed by a professional design
practitioner, qualified by means of education,experience and examination, to protect
and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public.
The four year Bachelor of Science degree is a first professional degree that prepares students to enter interior design practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (NCIDQ), which is the gateway to professionalism and required for practice in many states, as interior designers. Graduates will not be eligible to sit for the professional architecture exam (unless they seek a degree in architecture) and does not qualify a graduate to obtain an architectural license. Please contact the program coordinator, Dean Isham, for any clarification.
We are proud to announce that the ETSU Interior Architecture program has be awarded
accreditation from CIDA (Council of Interior Design Accreditation) for a six-year
term. The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on the interior architecture
program’s demonstrated achievement of sixteen accreditation standards. The evaluators
noted the program had strengths in 9 of the 16 standards. The next re-accreditation
visit is in 2023.