FSU Interior Architecture and Design Program Achieves National Recognition


Florida State University’s Department of Interior Architecture and Design program recently climbed the national rankings published by DesignIntelligence.

Out of 188 interior architecture design programs in the United States and Canada, FSU’s program ranked # 5 nationally and # 2 among public universities.

Additionally, FSU’s undergraduate program was ranked 12th among “Most Admired” undergraduate interior design schools, and the graduate program was ranked 8th.

FSU graduate students were also placed in DesignIntelligence’s top 10 in the priority areas of construction materials and methods, as well as communication and presentation skills.

“The Department of Interior Architecture and Design is grateful for the continued support of the FSU administration, dedicated alumni, committed faculty and diligent students,” said Lisa Waxman, professor and chair of the department. . “The faculty strives to engage students who understand the power of good design and the positive impact it can have on life.”

FSU’s Interior Architecture and Design program is hosted at the College of Fine Arts. The program aims to expose students to design theory, technical skills, history and studio experience related to healthcare, office, hospitality, retail spaces. and more.

After earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree in interior design, FSU students will be prepared for careers in design firms, architectural firms, and other design-focused environments.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has accredited FSU’s undergraduate program since 1975. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits both the undergraduate and graduate program.

The mission of the program is to provide students with resources and knowledge to acquire skills in human-centered design. Professors actively work to instill values ​​of positive impact on human well-being, creating functional and sustainable spaces, designing based on research and using design to foster a sense of community and cultural diversity. .

Talented students and faculty were the driving force behind the program’s high ranking.

“We’re a very competitive, limited-access program, so the students we accept are extremely talented and hard-working,” Waxman said. “Combined with dedicated teachers, it really makes a difference. “

Waxman currently teaches the Environment and Behavior course and the program’s sustainable design curriculum. She also teaches design problems, a graduate seminar, and directs graduate student research activities.

Here at FSU, Waxman points out that there are multiple factors that distinguish the program from other nationally recognized programs.

“Our strengths are a strong studio program, the use of evidence-based design, research into all of our design decisions and a very comprehensive program,” she said. “We also strive to create a community of learners with teachers available to students. “

FSU interior architecture and design courses are sequential and build on each other. All classes are interrelated, with the studio sequence being the main core curriculum. To support the studio sequence, available courses include history, research, theory, practical graphics skills, computer-aided design, and business practices.

“We have a very personal interest in our students and try to create a community where they feel known and supported,” said Waxman. “The faculty continues to mentor an exceptional group of students and help them grow. “

Total enrollment for FSU Interior Design in 2017 was 195 undergraduates and 19 graduate students. There was a 100 percent retention rate for undergraduates in their second to fourth year of the program, with 97.4 percent completing the degree on time or in an additional year.

In 2017, all Undergraduates in the program were studying at a graduate level or working in design-related fields within six months of graduation. Each graduate student also completed the program on time and was hired within six months of graduation.

All students in the undergraduate program must complete at least one internship.

“We help our students find internships during the summers that help them make connections in where they want to live after graduation,” Waxman said.

FSU students of the Interior Architecture and Design program receive comprehensive support to achieve their career goals. Locations of 2017 graduates include Seattle, Washington; New York, NY; Los Angeles, California; Denver, Colorado; Dallas, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; and Saudi Arabia.

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