Why Interior Architecture at Lawrence Tech?

The Bachelor of Interior Architecture at Lawrence Tech is strongly integrated with the undergraduate program in architecture. You will comprehensively respond to human needs embodied in interior spaces through the exploration and appreciation of technical, social, psychological, cultural, and environmental factors. The program incorporates architectural education, giving you the strong interdisciplinary foundation required in professional practice.

Lawrence Tech's Bachelor of Interior Architecture program is known for:

  • A comprehensive design curriculum, allowing you to integrate design history and theory, color theory, lighting, furniture design and construction, and materials to help you develop your unique approach to interior architecture.
  • A studio-based program, giving you the ability to comprehensively pull your course work together and build a strong portfolio with which to enter the profession.
  • A strong technical emphasis, providing you the advanced tools used in the profession.

The only undergraduate interior architecture program in Michigan, the Lawrence Tech degree program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design. The program has been named one of the "Top 20" interior design programs in the United States by Design Intelligence.

All classes are taught by faculty who are practicing professionals, many of whom hold National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification. An added benefit of the program is the atmosphere created by the presence of like-minded and creative students in rigorous preparation for professional careers. 

In keeping with the University's signature "theory and practice" approach to learning, you will complete an internship before graduating. In addition to providing real-world experience, an internship can help you develop industry contacts and can open the door to a variety of job opportunities. Graduates of the Lawrence Tech interior architecture program are employed by top firms in the profession including Gensler, Steelcase, HOK, Harley Ellis Devereaux, and Perkins + Will.

As an interior architecture student, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, become involved with the Interior Architecture Student Organization, and participate in many statewide, national, and international competitions. In past competitions, Lawrence Tech students have:

  • won awards in the Michigan American Society of Interior Design Competition in seven of the past nine years.
  • taken part in the International Interior Design Educators Council Student Design Competition in 2003 and 2006 and were regional winners in 2001, 2003,
    2006, and 2007.
  • been selected to attend the Steelcase University Learning Center in Grand Rapids. In fact, in 2001, a Lawrence Tech student was chosen as one of only 25 nationally.

Graduates with a degree in Interior Architecture have many career options:

  • Digital Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Interior design within an architectural firm
  • Lighting Design
  • Residential interior design
  • Set design
  • Space planning
  • Showroom design