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Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects

We teach design by asking questions: what is an object, a building, a space?—and by pursuing answers through a commitment to making and a dedication to experimental practice, interdisciplinary study, and community partnership. Read the Letter from the Director

External Partnerships

The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series

Featured Course: No Discipline

AIADO in the News

Newcity recently released its 2016 Designed Objects (DO) Issue, guest edited by SAIC faculty member and Thirst guru Rick Valicenti, which features alumni, faculty, and SAIC community members. The issue looks at Chicago’s designed objects as “conceptually crafted, fearlessly functional, provocative, inquisitive.” The emphasis on hand-work is what makes SAIC's DO program distinct from other design school curricula, and why it makes sense as an offering in a fine arts academic setting, Nugent says. "We've tried to create a unique program where there are opportunities to get invested in processes of making and examination," she says. —New City November 16-30, speaking to Philip Berger.

Alumni Achievements

The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor

The William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects is appointed to contribute experimental practices to an interdisciplinary community of artists and designers. The Mitchell Visiting Professor holds a full-time, one year appointment to teach two, three-credit courses or one six-credit courses a semester. In addition, the Mitchell Professor delivers a public lecture or organizes a public program as part of the Department's Mitchell Lecture Series.

SAIC/AIC Lecture Series

As a student at SAIC, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the school's Visiting Artists Program (VAP) lecture series as well as the Architecture and Design Society series offered through the museum's Department of Architecture and Design.

Find the right degree for you

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) offers six graduate-level Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Master of Design (MDes) degrees and is part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts pathways.

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Interior Architecture Pathway)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Architecture Pathway)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio (Designed Objects Pathway)

Learn more about undergraduate study

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
  • Master of Design in Designed Objects
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Architecture
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Designed Objects
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Design for Emerging Technologies

Learn more about graduate study

Explore other departments and areas of study

SAIC's departments and interdisciplinary areas of study provide a rich diversity of curricular offerings to support the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Through faculty and academic advisor guidance, you can customize your education within an open framework tailored to your creative goals.