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Interior Architecture Program

School of Architecture and Allied Arts


Bachelor of Interior Architecture


Master of Interior Architecture





Why Oregon?

In the Interior Architecture Program at

the University of Oregon, we follow a

long-standing tradition of active design

exploration and interdisciplinary study.

Our degree programs offer highly ranked

professional education at the undergraduate

and graduate levels as well as opportunities

for post professional research. As designers,

we help our students apply the skills and

knowledge of design history, theory, and

practice to addressing emerging interior

design challenges of the twenty-first

century. Our design-centered curriculum

provides opportunities for you to pursue

both independent and collaborative learning,

to work at a range of scales and to explore

different project types and sites in a rigorous

design studio environment. At Oregon, you

will have the opportunity to address critical

issues and real-world projects.

Since 1922, interior design course work

has been offered alongside architecture,

landscape architecture, and the arts as

a part of the School of Architecture and

Allied Arts. Today the Interior Architecture

pProgram is part of a rich mix of design

disciplines and specialties. Our students

are eligible to participate in a wide range

of electives, certificate programs, minors,

and concurrent majors, focused on the

built environment. At the University of

Oregon, you will study in the nation’s

leading programs for sustainable design.

You will learn to work with other design

disciplines while developing the expertise

to create functional, sustainable, and

beautiful interiors. We educate designers

who become leaders in national and global


The School of Architecture and Allied

Arts is dedicated to the principles of civic

responsibility, environmental sustainability,

international understanding, and crossdisciplinary

education. We give our

students the power to positively affect not

just their own future, but also the people,

communities, and environments around

them. In short, we empower our students

to make good.

“Our creative curriculum with its integrated sustainable

attitude and our special emphasis on design process and

graphic communication provides our students with strong

ideals and competitive tools.”

—Alison Snyder, associate professor and program director


Our program

Design-centered curriculum

The interior architecture curriculum establishes

connections between the design disciplines

from the start. The study of interior design is

interwoven with the study of architecture and

we share course work with product design. At

the same time, the program pursues interior

design as a separate, distinct discipline with

a particular knowledge base. This prepares

interior designers to work as responsible

members of interdisciplinary teams as well as

strong lead designers.

The design studio is at the heart of our program.

The studio culture stresses critical thinking from

both a theoretical and a functional standpoint.

Studio classes are typically limited to eighteen

or fewer students who work closely with their

professors to actively explore design and

adaptive reuse of interior spaces for a wide

spectrum of institutional, commercial, residential,

housing, and mixed-use projects.

After a rigorous sequence of core studios,

students can select from a wide range of

studio design topics. Topical studios offer

project-based investigations into specific

issues including retail branding, historic

interiors, healing and working environments,

and design of sacred spaces. Recent studios

include projects located in Korea, Europe, and

Turkey as well as local and regional projects

featuring a range of sites, from rural to urban.

Students at Oregon learn to strengthen

design ideas with solid technical problem-

solving and hands-on learning. All students

take a furniture design studio in which design

is intertwined with construction of a full-scale

working prototype. A required workingdrawings

studio links design decisions with

the realities of construction and materials.

In their final year, students engage in

independent study through individually

developed and executed comprehensive

design projects. These projects challenge

students to integrate design exploration with

independent research and individual design

interests and goals.

Student resources

A full range of labs, shops, and equipment

are available to students as well as instructor

assistance to aid in designing and fabricating

models and prototypes. Shared computing

labs with specialized scanners and software

augment student laptops, and an in-house

output room offers large-scale color printing

and other services. The model shop and

a specialized furniture shop offer digital,

power, and hand tools for three-dimensional

exploration. The Baker Lighting Laboratory

provides equipment for testing and developing

lighting designs, and the Materials Resource

Center provides a wide range of samples

of construction and finish materials. The

A&AA Library is one of the largest art

and architectural collections in the Pacific

Northwest, with extensive collections on-site

and with access to the collections of more

than thirty other research libraries.


Top left: Furniture design studio modular seating designed and built for Lawrence Hall by students

Top right: Nathan Reed, graduate student, color theory project

Lower: Alisha Hinkle, undergraduate student, Korean Visitors Center design studio perspective


Top left: Virginia Ramirez, BIArch ’11, comprehensive project, “Rethinking the Big Box”

Top right: Guest critic reviews studio designs with student

Lower: Aimee Roth, BIArch ’11, comprehensive project, “Center for Mural Art,” entry

Opposite page: Brienne Maronay Wasmer, MIArch ’10, comprehensive project, “The Soapbox, Portland,

Oregon,” section drawing


Choose the UO

Recognized for sustainable

design leadership

Oregon is a leader in sustainable design

education and research. Considerations for

sustainable design are integrated throughout

the curriculum and student experience.

Interior architecture students explore

adaptive reuse and revitalization strategies at

all scales in design studios. Interior studios

are offered as a part of the Sustainable Cities

Initiative, and students participate in the

student-run Holistic Options for Planet Earth

Sustainability Conference and the Center for

Sustainable Living.

Explore specialized and

advanced course work

A unique mix of graduate and undergraduate

degree programs, diverse faculty interests, and

the university quarter system result in robust

opportunities for special topic and elective

courses. Advanced courses in furniture design,

lighting design, color theory, and construction

are offered as a normal part of the curriculum.

These are supplemented with a wide variety

of advanced electives including selected

courses offered by related disciplines such

as art history, architecture, product design,

and historic preservation. Independent study

courses and graduate research fellowships

expand student opportunities to create

new knowledge through design research.

Graduate students are expected to develop

an individual area of concentrated design

exploration and research.

Widely known as a

top-tier program

The University of Oregon Interior Architecture

Program is highly regarded by design

educators and leading design firms from

across the country. Our program ranks

number one in sustainable design skills,

number one in design skills, and number

three in communication skills in a national

survey of firms published in the 2011 Design

Intelligence journal. Overall, our undergraduate

and graduate programs ranked sixth in the

nation in the 2011 survey.


Opportunities for international

and off-campus study

Interior architecture students enrich their

academic experience by participating in

departmental study programs and exchange

programs. Students may study for a term in one

of the department-led programs in Portland,

Oregon, or abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Rome,

Italy; and Vicenza, Italy. The Danish Institute

for Study Abroad program at the University of

Copenhagen provides summer and academic

year study opportunities that fulfill UO Interior

Architecture Program requirements.

Learn from guest lecturers

and professionals

The Interior Architecture Program augments

our commitment to including professionals

as teachers and critics by bringing prominent

designers to campus as visiting professors

to teach and lecture. The Margo Grant Walsh

Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture and the

Julie Neupert Stott Visiting Professor of Interior

Architecture create opportunities for students

to work closely with visiting professors in design

studio and small seminar courses. The Frederick

Charles Baker Chair in Design brings experts in

electric lighting and “daylighting” to campus. The

Gunilla K. Finrow Lecture in Interior Architecture

features the work of a noted designer each year.


Top left: Kristin Kelsey, graduate student, comprehensive project “he Eugene Kitchen” incubator kitchen perspective

Top right: Courtney Richlie, undergraduate student, color theory project

Lower left: Kaylyn Parrish, undergraduate student, Clark Honors College design studio project, lecture hall sketch

Lower right: Interior architecture student sketching in Rome, Italy

Opposite page: Emma Silverman, undergraduate student, café design studio project


Top left: Electric lighting design fixture from Baker electric lighting course

Top right: Allison Hirzel, graduate student, comprehensive project study models

Lower: Allison Hirzel, graduate student, comprehensive project, view of Montessori school atrium

Opposite page: Stephanie Hebert, BIArch ’11, comprehensive project, flexible hotel furniture sequence


Be a design


Careers in interior architecture

Oregon graduates have many options as

interior designers or in related professions.

Interior design professionals can practice

at multiple scales from interior products

and furnishings to large public interiors.

Multidisciplinary teams that include designers

may engage in architectural design, branding,

real-estate development, exhibit design, and

product design. Graduates may develop

specialized practices that concentrate on

particular building or facilities types such

as hospitality, health care, and education or

provide expertise in facilities management,

color, lighting design, exhibit design, or set

design. Students with a graduate degree may

pursue an academic career or supplement

their practice by teaching.



Admissions and

application deadlines

Graduate students have three program

options based on prior degree and

background. Please visit the website for

additional information, the application form,

and required supplemental materials.

We offer a first professional degree for

undergraduate students as a five-year program.

To apply as a freshman or transfer student, you

must submit a UO application and a separate

departmental application with a portfolio to the

Department of Architecture Interior Architecture

Program in order to apply to the major.

We welcome your interest in our programs.

The UO admissions office conducts campus

tours, Duck Days, and Duck Preview events for

interested students. We encourage you to sign

up for those events at

Graduate applications are due the first Monday after January 1.

Undergraduate applications are due January 15.


The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits the University of Oregon’s undergraduate and graduate programs. An accredited

degree, or its equivalent, meets the educational requirement for professional certification as an interior designer through the National

Council of Interior Design Qualification.

The University of Oregon is a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization made up of the sixty-one leading public

and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.



Interior Architecture



Interior Architecture Program

Department of Architecture

210 Lawrence Hall

1206 University of Oregon

Eugene OR 97403-1206


Cover images

Top: Allison Hirzel, graduate student, comprehensive project, view of Montessori school

Bottom left: Rebecca Mann, graduate student, final review presentation

Bottom right: Rebecca Mann, graduate student, comprehensive project, residential treatment center for adolescent girls

This page

Top left: Noelle Bullock, BIArch ’11, comprehensive project, alternative school study models

Top right: Kate Anderson, BIArch ’09, rocking chair prototype

Middle: Yvonne Ng, graduate student, comprehensive project, Asian American Cultural Center view of café

Bottom: Furniture design studio chair prototypes

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