Board of Directors approves new interior architecture and design diploma

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LAWRENCE – The Kansas board of directors on September 20 approved the new Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) program at the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas.

“All of us at the School of Architecture and Design (Arc / D) are delighted that the IAD degree that we have wanted to offer for many years is now a reality,” said Dean Mahesh Daas. “We aim to develop well-rounded industry leaders.

“There are many indoor programs out there, but we don’t know of any that immerse students in such a variety of classroom work,” he said. “It really is an interdisciplinary degree. We’ve designed it to take advantage of everything we offer in our academic programs and research institutes, which focus on health and wellness, sports and entertainment, smart cities, and design-build. . “

“Most IAD graduates will earn the M.Arch. master’s degree in two years or less. This degree is required if a person eventually wishes to obtain a license to practice architecture, ”said Associate Dean Mike Swann, who was instrumental in the creation of the degree.

Explaining how this program differs from the traditional Master of Architecture offered by Arc / D, Nilou Vakil, director of strategic initiatives of the school, said: Communication and industrial design courses which are part of the school’s BFA .

“IAD students will focus more on the experience of spaces, their performance and their relationship to the larger built environment,” she said. “Emphasis is also placed on how the interior spaces are formed, programmed, configured and the acoustics, lighting, graphics, furnishings and finishes. We want our graduates to understand how to solve almost all types of interior related issues.

“Regardless of the type of building, more than half of all architectural services now encompass interior architecture and design,” said Vakil. “The development of our IAD program recognizes that there is a demand for commercial interior specialists. The work carried out by graduates of our program will encompass all aspects of the design and integration of interiors and user experiences in all types of buildings.

“In addition to overwhelming demand from potential students, our alumni have insisted that we create an IAD program, integrated with our architecture and design offerings, and are extremely supportive,” said Daas.

Students who were not yet enrolled at KU can apply now for admission to the IAD, which will begin in Fall 2018. Inquiries about the program can be emailed to Gera Elliott, Coordinator of the IADs. admissions, at [email protected]

Denver Arts Center physical study model, with an emphasis on interior architecture, by Elayna Svigos and Monica Mong, students of Nilou Vakil, Arc / D director of strategic initiatives.


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