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Department of Interior Architecture & Product Design

Interior Architecture & Product Design


Interior Architecture

Interior architecture includes design planning, manipulating and forming interior space in three dimensions with a comprehensive understanding of the architectural forces present. Interior architects may work with other design professionals in the development of a new building, or they may begin with the shell of an existing building, understanding the implications of the structure and systems present. The design of the interior must respond to the needs and desires of those who inhabit the space, to formal and aesthetic considerations, and to the architectural and landscape framework with which it exists. Through their extensive knowledge of the building structural and environmental systems; social, psychological and behavioral issues affecting design decisions; sustainability and health-related issues, interior architects make a profound difference in the lives of people and the environments they inhabit.

Product Design

Product design includes the development of ideas and prototypes for new products using various manufacturing methods and materials such as woods, metals, plastics and synthetics, and may include small-scale educational toys for children, portable lighting products, exhibit design, branding and packaging concepts, and "transportation architecture" such as aircraft and yachts. Product design comes from the industrial design field and marries the design processes found there with architectural design processes creating an unparalleled richness of approach, creativity and making. Product design in IAPD includes those “near environments” within one’s touch and reach.

Furniture Design

Furniture design focuses on the underlying notion that students learn exponentially more information through the act of doing. Our furniture design workshop facilities allow students the opportunity to develop their conceptual designs for seating, casework, tables or accessories into a physical product by providing them access to light-duty commercial wood-, metals- and plastics-fabrication equipment (digital and traditional). Students realize their prototypes in a real-time laboratory environment with professors who are experts in the field of furniture design and craft. This not only results in exceptional (and often award-winning) end products but importantly allows each student to gain invaluable insight into materials and processes necessary when bringing any concept to reality.

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