Master of Architecture with Emphasis in Interior Architecture
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a full, 3.5-year Master of Architecture (MArch) with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture degree including all the foundational coursework needed to complete the degree and an accelerated two-year track for students with a preprofessional bachelor's degree in architecture or architectural technology.
MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture (3.5 years)
SAIC's 102-credit master’s in interior architecture program is a carefully choreographed studio sequence, offering students all of the skills required of an architect and the sensibilities required of the contemporary interior architect, while grounding them in the histories of and theories specific to design of interior spaces.
Each semester's sequence of courses is integrated around a timely and cogent intellectual focus, while individual studios approach design concepts from a particular vantage point that reinforces the development of comprehensive understanding. Classwork includes:
- Studios for conceptual orientation
- Seminars framed in reading and discussion
- Case study labs that develop technical skills and real world proficiency
The track begins with a foundation of required skills and grounding in the histories and theories specific to architecture. Collaborative studios in the second year offer a chance to develop the interdisciplinary approach demanded by many of today's design problems. Third-year studios culminate in work with artists from the wider SAIC community, with teams of artists and designers placing work in the public realm.
Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture students are encouraged to apply for project-based design studios such as Industry Partnerships and the collaborative GFRY studio, sponsored by Motorola. Recent industry projects include collaborations with Samsung, Industreal, Danese Milano, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Rossana Orlandi (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), Brand.It, Haworth, and Dupont Corian. The GFRY studio has produced wide-reaching demonstration projects such as 2000 Watt Living, 18% Grey, Com(m)a, RE:, and Watershed with international partners in Europe, Asia, and South America. Click here for more information on these projects.
MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture, Option II (2 years)
Students with an undergraduate, preprofessional degree in architectural studies, architectural technology, or interior design may submit a letter with their application requesting admission to SAIC’s MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture, Option II degree program. This 60-credit program includes many of the same course clusters as the MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture program, but excludes some of the foundational courses students completed as undergraduates.