Master of Interior Architecture | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

The Master of Interior Architecture is a first professional interior design program that prepares students for practice in an interior design or architecture firm. The program, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), is geared toward students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than interior architecture or interior design.

This two-year, five-semester program stresses a holistic design approach, which is developed by:

  • Encouraging students to consider all factors that influence the design of interior spaces (human behavior, aesthetics, building technology, internal and external views, surrounding structures and architecture, etc.)
  • A curriculum that focuses on the design of residential and commercial spaces – how space is organized, developed three-dimensionally, finished with materials and color, lit, furnished, and designed to incorporate user needs and building codes.
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage in projects that employ these knowledge bases and skills to hone a practice-ready understanding of interior architecture and design.

Project Presentations

  • Laurie Smith

Capstone Event

IA Partnerships

Eastside Workspace

The Interior Architecture programs enjoy state-of-the-art LEED Silver facilities at Chatham Eastside including a dedicated CAD lab for design students, five design studios, a resource room housing only sustainable materials and plenty of open pin-up space for informal class meetings and critiques. The architects of these spaces utilized sustainable design practices, recycled materials, and energy-efficient lighting to create an academic and social space within a green environment.


Shadyside Campus | Chatham


Chatham's urban Shadyside Campus is located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is nestled in the Chatham Arboretum, a 39-acre woodland recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Learn more.


Chatham Eastside


Chatham Eastside is a LEED-Silver facility home to some of our expanding graduate programs. It's located in developing East Liberty, one of Pittsburgh's fastest-growing and most historic neighborhoods. Learn more.


Eden Hall Campus | Chatham

Eden Hall Campus

Eden Hall is our newest campus built from the ground up on the principles of sustainability and is carbon neutral, produces more energy than it consumes, and manages its water and waste on site. Learn more.

Green Design

We Don't Pick Out Pillows: The Science of Design

Students–who have been participating through their enrollment in Chatham's Green and Sustainable Design course–have developed and produced a short video aiming to teach chemistry students about building design and its impact on the environment. Read more on Chatham Views »

Sustainability @ Chatham