What is interior architecture?
The discipline of interior architecture is rooted in the idea that the creation of interior space is intrinsically allied to architectural thinking. Interior architecture emphasizes spatial design over stylistic affinities and explores how architectural space can be artfully and practically enhanced for human use.
The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) professional degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The MIA program’s primary goal is to give individuals with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) the opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of part-time study that prepares them for the field of interior design with the highest standards of professional practice. The program is particularly inviting for career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an interior design professional.
There is no one best formula for producing great design. Interior architecture offers an open framework for individuals interested in both interior design and architecture to explore critical issues that draw on the knowledge bases of both disciplines. Designers need to be exacting, rigorous, analytical, and innovative, as well as flexible, intuitive, collaborative, and playful. Ultimately, they should be committed to improving the quality of life; increasing the productivity; and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
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