The School of Interior Architecture offers a four-year CIDA-accredited curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The following are distinguishing characteristics and experiences offered by the college and school that uniquely prepare you for professional practice in design.
Collaborative setting with related disciplines.
Design and learn with related disciplines at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. As reported in the 2015 American Society of Interior Designers state of the industry report “…the best design solutions come from pulling together an interdisciplinary team from the very beginning of the process. Waiting until later just doesn’t work.” At the University of Tennessee you learn in joint enrollment courses and open collaborative studio environments with architecture and landscape architecture students.
Students participate in the college’s career fair.
More than 50 design firms from around the nation come to Knoxville annually to interview design students for entry-level positions and internships.
National teaching awards and scholarships.
In 2014-15 academic year DesignIntelligence, a report published by the Design Futures Council, recognized Professor of Interior Design Ryann Aoukar as one of 30 Most Admired Educators of 2015, and for three years running, students in Interior Architecture have won the prestigious nationally competitive Gensler Brinkmann scholarship.
Advanced technology and work at new student workstations.
In the summer of 2014 the Art and Architecture building received over $1.2 million in furnishings, upgrades that means every student in every year of study has his or her own new personal workstation with 27” high-resolution computer monitor. An additional $600,000 has been invested in advanced digital fabrication tools and 3D printers. In the fall of 2014, the college opened a new 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab where students explore the latest in digital fabrication and furniture construction.
Interior Architecture + Architecture.
The Interior Architecture program offers a unique track of study where students can complete a degree in Interior Architecture and qualify to apply for a 2.5-year Master of Architecture degree. In six calendar years of studies, students can earn two professional design degrees.
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Students interested in learning more about our program, the campus, and life in Knoxville are encouraged to visit us at this time. The day’s events will include conversations with faculty and students, tours of facilities, as well as visits to some of the amazing natural, cultural, and recreational features of Knoxville and its surroundings.
Learn about our program by scheduling a visit with a building tour, program overview and time in a design studio course. Coordinate your visit by calling 865-974-5265 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
See some of the work and experiences of our community.
Interior Architecture Recommended for Reaccreditation
In October, the School of Interior Architecture hosted a team representing the Council for Interior Design Accreditation for an onsite review toward reaccreditation. After the three-day review, the CIDA team is recommending the program for reaccreditation, which is a six-year…Read More »
Interior Design Changes Name to Interior Architecture
The School of Interior Design has changed its name to the School of Interior Architecture to reflect its educational intent and scope of work. The name change also clarifies the school’s connection with its counterparts in the college—the School of…Read More »
Student, Faculty Design/Build Project Recognized with Statewide Award of Excellence
The multi-awarded Beardsley Farm Education Center has earned statewide recognition from the Tennessee American Institute of Architects. The project, a product of the college’s successful design/build program, received the Design Award of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, during its state…Read More »
Design/Build Project Earns National Brick in Architecture Award
The Beardsley Farm Education Center, a collaborative design/build project designed and largely constructed by students and faculty in the college, has earned the 2017 Brick in Architecture Gold Award. This national award recognizes design excellence, resilience and innovation in architecture featuring…Read More »
Students Join Professionals at National Convention
Four undergraduate students in the School of Interior Architecture recently connected with industry professionals at NeoCon in Chicago, thanks to generous support provided by Crossville, Inc. As part of a collaborative studio partnership between Crossville, Inc., the College of Architecture…Read More »