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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

2015-16 Visiting Faculty Positions Open

External Partnerships

Our students have opportunities to develop ideas outside the classroom in collaboration with partners in Chicago and around the world.

Faculty Spotlight

SAIC’s faculty members are artists, designers, and scholars. They are influencers and innovators in their fields.

Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists provide leadership in teaching throughout our multidisciplinary design department, contributing to a community of design practitioners and experimenters.

Mitchell Visiting Professor

Eric Ellingsen, Mitchell Visiting Professor, will curate the Spring 2016 Design Show. This year, Ellingsen advised MFA and MArch Thesis students and also teaches a Sophomore Seminar on translations in design.

Outside Design

An exhibition of design research and a series of programs affiliated with the Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Sullivan Galleries September 11 - December 19, 2015.

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.