Our Interior Architecture program emphasizes commercial retail, architectural, functional, and spatial design. As a student, you will study design processes, sensitivity and knowledge of material specification, and ethical problem solving. You also will learn several presentation methods, including drawing, rendering, computer-aided design (CAD), and 3D modeling.
Partnering with local design firms is one of our program’s greatest strengths. These relationships provide Interior Architecture majors with exciting assignments, such as designing restaurants, health care centers, auto dealerships, and museum, exhibition and showroom space. Additionally, you will participate in student exhibitions, job fairs, and materials workshops offered by leading furniture and materials manufacturers. You will gain a unique perspective of the industry through lectures and symposiums by award-winning designers, visits to top design firms in the region, and summer internships. Each of these experiential learning experiences will strengthen your communication skills, demonstrate industry expectations, and improve your understanding of designer-client relations. They also create a learning atmosphere of collaboration, innovation, and community.
Real-world assignment: CIA students tackle re-design of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building
Students to propose refinements that would improve visitor engage... more
Scott Richardson, a 1991 CIA grad and long-time faculty member, is building his brand-focused interior design firm with the help of six CIA graduates.
Associate Professor/Chair of Interior Architecture
Associate Professor Michael Gollini is the chair of the Interior Architecture Department and an independent de...more
While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.