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FSU Interior Design Grad Program: Most Admired in the Nation

Published November 8, 2012

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The DesignIntelligence organization has released its “America’s Best Architectural and Design School 2013″ rankings. The graduate program of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at FSU has been named the most admired program in the country in a survey of 122 deans and department chairs. These respondents cited the FSU graduate program’s attendance to quality faculty/student interaction and the competence of graduates in their post-academic careers.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduate students, who are winning national research awards, have earned the

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first-ever design patent for FSU, and regularly present their design research at national conferences,” stated Jill Pable, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design. “Our students positively affect the lives of their design clients and students through the interior environments they create, including offices, homes, restaurants, schools,

healthcare facilities, and hotels.”

The Department of Interior Architecture and Design is a part of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance. There are approximately 175 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students in its NASAD, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation, accredited programs. Alumni work in architecture and interior design firms across the nation, and graduate student alumni additionally teach and conduct research in colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad. Faculty provide significant personal attention to graduate students, seeking to set them up for success both in their academic activities and their eventual careers in practice and teaching.

“I am so pleased with this recognition which showcases our faculty/student relationships and the mentoring offered by the faculty.  This has been a high priority for us for many years and the faculty work very hard to support our students.  We are also lucky to have excellent students who go on to represent us well in the profession,” said Dr. Lisa Waxman, Department Chair and one of the 2012 ‘Top 25 Most Admired Design Educators in the United States’ identified by the DesignIntelligence organization.

The Interior Design Department offers three master’s level degrees: the Master of Science First Professional degree, the Master of Science Advanced Professional degree and the Master of Fine Arts degree. Graduates of these programs enter professional practice in interior design or architectural firms upon graduation and MFA students are highly sought after for college and university teaching positions across the nation and world.  

Download The DesignIntelligence Survey of Interior Design Deans and Department Heads as a pdf.

For more information on the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at the Florida State University, please visit