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 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

Student Chatter

  • "I was drawn to Chatham because of the small class sizes – I came from a large undergrad program and Chatham had a very welcoming atmosphere. I get a lot of one-on-one attention from my teachers."

  • "The sequence of classes builds a solid foundation for you to carry into the real design world."

  • "I love the internship component – it really gives me a taste of the job market I'm getting into and really supplements what we learn inside the classroom."

  • "The professors truly want their students to succeed, and it's apparent in their style of teaching and interaction with the students."

  • "Chatham is the place that helps you evolve into the designer you've always wanted to be."

  • "I love the facetime we get with faculty. Because of the small class sizes, I get plenty of feedback on my projects and creative consultation from each instructor."

Eastside Workspace

The Interior Architecture programs enjoy state of the art facilities at Chatham Eastside including a dedicated CAD lab for design students, four 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.

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