Interior Arch

The School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Interior Arch

Students apply for admission to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture Program (ARIA) during their second year of the Architecture Program. At the end of five years and one summers of study, the ARIA student receives a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. The Interior Architecture Program has a separate admissions process in addition to the same basic admissions requirements as the Architecture Program because the students are pursuing both degrees concurrently.

For more information on the Architecture degree please visit the Architecture Program page.

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Participation in the Interior Architecture (ARIA) Program is highly selective. Students are eligible to apply for the Interior Architecture program in the Spring of their second year of the Architecture Program. This policy allows for a Summer ARIA thesis class size based on yearly available faculty resources.

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The Interior Architecture faculty will make a selection of second year students at the end of Spring semester. Class size is based on available faculty resources and may vary each year. These students will initially participate in the ARIA-designated Third Year Fall Semester Studio. Selection of students is based primarily on the ARIA faculty-comprised Admission Board’s assessment of submitted design work. The assessment will be based on the students’ statements of intent and on three projects that demonstrate a high quality of design ability. A high quality of design ability is considered to be an indication of an applicant’s capability to take on the extra degree requirements of the ARIA degree. Additionally, it is required that accepted students have completed their appropriate studio coursework and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for conditional acceptance into the ARIA dual degree program. The students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their studio coursework during the third and fourth year to proceed into the ARIA Summer Thesis semester. If a 3.0 studio GPA is not maintained, a review by the ARIA Admissions Board will be required to determine a student’s eligibility to continue in the program.

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To proceed to the beginning sequence of design studio at third, fourth, and fifth year levels, the student must have completed all required prerequisite courses for that respective year-level, as indicated in the model curriculum. Enrollment in 3000-level BSCI courses will be limited to those students with a GPA of 2.5 or above and third-year standing in design studio.

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Elements of Interior Architecture is composed of a sequence of seminars offered to third and fourth year students seeking the dual ARIA degree at Auburn University.

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ARIA Summer Thesis Studios and Classes

 

Thesis Summer Studio, ARIA 4030 

The ARIA thesis semester focuses on Model 1 or Model 2, dependent on the individual student’s thesis proposal. The ARIA thesis also deals with Interior Architecture issues in relation to a social and international dimension.

 

Thesis Research, 4080 

This course parallels the ARIA Thesis project through research, analysis, and writing assignments simultaneously supporting and directing the thesis work.

 

Professional Practice ARIA, 4450 

This course focuses on issues of Interior Architecture in contemporary practice and explores ethical issues in relation to design practice. This course differs from ARCH 4500-Professional Practice. All ARCH/ARIA students must take both ARIA 4450 and ARCH 4500.

 

History of Interior Architecture, 4680 

This course teaches history of interior architecture utilizing a case study method.

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Note: All students are required to fill out the On-Campus application. If you do not, you will not be considered for any of the three options.
 
Come by Student Services in Dudley Hall 104 to pick up applications and for information on application deadlines.
 

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Professional programs are inherently more expensive to run than non-professional programs. They require more space, more personnel, a lower student-to-teacher ratio, access to a higher level of technology than most disciplines, and incur significant costs associated with achieving and maintaining accreditation from the appropriate specialized, national agencies.  As a result, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction charges a professional fee to partially defray the difference between state funding and tuition, and the actual costs of our professional programs. Within each program, a professional fee charge of $2,160 is tied to enrollment in specific courses, which are noted on curriculum models. During semesters when students are enrolled in these classes they will be charged a professional fee

 

Through the professional fees, the CADC continues to provide our students with rigorous and relevant academic experiences, which contribute to our programs being recognized as among the best in the nation.

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The program also allows interested students to arrange academic enrichment opportunities in conjunction with two of the School of Architecture’s special programs: the Center for Architecture and Urban Studies in Birmingham and the Off-Campus Studies (Study Abroad) programs.

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In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
 
Auburn University offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:


Bachelor of Architecture (159 credit hours)

 

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) 

The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) establishes standards and credentials of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals.

 

Interior design/interior architecture professionals who meet NCIDQ's eligibility requirements for a minimum of six years of specialized education and experience and pass the NCIDQ Examination receive a NCIDQ Certificate that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators, and the general public.

 

The NCIDQ accepts the NAAB accredited B.Arch degree for the educational requirement for eligibility and work experience that is interior design/interior architecture related to earn the NCDIQ Certificate.

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In the event a grade of D or F is received in any required course in the major, a review is required for continuance in the program. Based on the outcome of this review, a student may be required to repeat the course or, in the case of design studios, the entire studio sequence for that respective year-level. Students receiving a second D when repeating a required course will be reviewed for continuance in the program. Similarly, a student receiving a majority of grades of C or lower may be reviewed for continuance in the program.
 
Students must maintain professional standards of behavior, as outlined in the Tiger Cub, at all times while on university property and while participating in school sponsored trips, events and activities. Failure to do so may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
 
To proceed to the beginning sequence of design studio at third, fourth, or fifth year levels, the student must have completed all required prerequisite courses for that respective year-level, as indicated in the model curriculum. Enrollment in 3000-level BSCI courses will be limited to those students with a GPA of 2.50 or above and second-year standing in design studio.

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Students are required to purchase a laptop computer along with a suite of software that coordinates with both studio and classroom instruction upon entry to the second year of the Architecture Program. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture primarily uses Window environment systems .

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  • Dagg, Christian 
  • Fletcher, Margaret
  • Miller, Justin
  • Moore, Kevin
  • O’Neal-Dagg, Rebecca 
  • Schumacher, Sheri, ARIA Program Chair

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Can I major in Interior Architecture?

Students apply for admission to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture Program during their second year of the Architecture Program. At the end of five years and two summers of study, the ARIA student receives a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree. 

 

Can I transfer into Interior Architecture?

It is a dual degree with the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Interior Architecture students are required to complete the first two years of the Architecture curriculum before applying to the ARIA Program. 

 

More Information

For more information about undergraduate admissions and curriculum, please contact Student Services or make an appointment to see an advisor by emailing Deborah Jordan, or call 334.844.5350.

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Sheri Schumacher

Sheri Schumacher

Associate Professor and ARIA Chair

334-844-5440