If you think that interior architecture is
the same as interior design or decoration, think again. It’s actually an
entirely different field centered on rethinking the life of existing buildings
– through design alterations, renovations and adaptive reuse.
Given a growing interest in green living,
interior architects with the vision and skills to give old buildings new life
are in increasingly high demand. After all, recycling an entire building
instead of demolishing it and constructing a new one is one of the most
environmentally sound practices around.
In Interior Studies – as RISD’s
undergraduate program is known – you’ll take advanced design studios that allow
for specializations in adaptive reuse along with design for the theater,
exhibition design or retail design. Professors will introduce you to practices
and procedures in the building industry and beyond, and encourage your growth
as a socially and environmentally responsible professional.