Interior Architecture | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

The Bachelor of Interior Architecture is a professional interior design program that prepares students for practice in an interior design or architecture firm. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture was most recently accredited by the Council for Interior Design (CIDA) in 2017 (and due to our accreditation, graduates are eligible to sit for the IDFX exam upon graduation).

A holistic design approach is stressed throughout the four-year program. Students are encouraged to consider all factors that influence the design of interior spaces from human behavior, aesthetics, and building technology to the views from windows and doors that penetrate the surrounding architecture.

Why is Chatham different?

Chatham's Interior Architecture program is a professional interior design curriculum that stresses holistic design integrated with sustainability and environmental consciousness. Design studios encourage you to explore the built environment of various building types while lecture courses impart the design knowledge needed to create wonderful spaces.

Study in dedicated Interior Architecture classrooms.
You'll study in our updated and constantly improving facility, Chatham Eastside. Less than a mile from our historic Woodland Road location, Chatham Eastside opened in 2009 with LEED Certification and with state-of-the-art classroom and studio spaces designed specifically for our interior architecture program.

Don’t stop there. Study one more year and earn a master’s degree.
You can also take advantage of our one-year Master of Science in Interior Architecture program. Study at Chatham for one more year after you earn your bachelor’s degree and you’ll have an advanced degree that will provide you with career paths in design management, academia or advanced graduate studies.

Immerse yourself in an American architectural treasure with the Fallingwater residency.
You'll engage in a one-week Studio Residency at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater where you'll develop and apply design thinking and visualization skills through the exploration and application of architectural theories and more. Learn more about the Fallingwater Studio Residency.

Three-year option
It is possible to complete the BIA in three years by adhering to a demanding course load. While this path may not fit the needs of all students, those who are interested are invited to discuss this option with the program director.