Chatham News

Master of Interior Architecture program receives initial accreditation from Council for Interior Design Accreditation

By: Paul A. Kovach, Vice President for Public and Community Relations
March 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH (March 17, 2010) … The Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) program at Chatham University has received its initial six-year accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), according to an announcement by Laura Armesto, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs.

Chatham’s Master of Interior Architecture is a first professional interior design program that prepares students for practice in an interior design or architecture firm. The only program of its kind in Pittsburgh, the two-year MIA stresses a holistic design approach. Students are encouraged to consider all factors that influence the design of interior spaces and to accept a sustainable approach to interior design that makes “green design” a minimal standard and not a trend. The curriculum 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. More information is available at

“Program Director Lori Anthony and our faculty and students are to be commended for receiving their initial accreditation,” Dr. Armesto said. “This was an engaging process for a distinctive program that successfully integrates Chatham’s environmental mission throughout its curriculum.”

Professional level programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation voluntarily place themselves before the scrutiny of the profession to ensure that students receive an education that will serve them not only during their time at school, but also prepare them for future professional growth. Students enrolled in an accredited interior design program can be confident that the program meets the quality standards recognized by the profession.

About CIDA
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Every Chatham student – women in Chatham’s historic women’s residential college, and men and women in Chatham’s graduate programs – receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham’s strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit