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FSU Interior Design Programs Ranked #1 and #5

Published November 21, 2013

The graduate program of Florida State University Department of Interior Architecture and Design has been ranked by DesignIntelligence, a yearly publication of the Design Futures Council, as the “#1 Most Admired” in a national survey of deans and chairs of the discipline. DesignIntelligence cited the FSU graduate program for its strong overall reputation, research and preparation of design educators. The undergraduate Interior Design program at FSU was also noted as the #5 Most Admired in this national survey. Upon the acknowledgment of this year’s award, the program will be been recognized as the most respected in the country for two consecutive years.

The Design Futures Council is an “interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment” (“Design Futures Council“, DesignIntelligence). The Design Futures Council publishes the DesignIntelligence yearly survey, ranking programs of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and industrial design.

FSU Department of Interior Architecture and Design, housed in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, encompasses a CIDA accredited undergraduate curriculum and master’s studies for the First Professional, Advanced Professional and Master of Fine Arts student. Students focus on design theory, history and technical skills, as well as studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces, such as health care, retail, office environment, hospitality and designs for special populations such as children, elderly and others in need of supportive housing.  The curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms or as interior designers in architecture firms–as well as in a number of other design-related settings.  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.

Recent awards received by distinguished FSU Interior Design students and alumni include:

  • Tony Purvis, Visiting Faculty, recent MFA graduate, 2013 American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award and also received the Environmental Design Research Association’s (EDRA) Best Student Paper Award
  • Amy Griffin, MFA student, American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers/Nurture Fellowship
  • Amanda Cleveland, MFA student, International Furnishings and Design Association’s Graduate Student Scholarship; and North American winner of the International Interface Reconnect Biophilic Design Competition
  • Jhoana Antiquino, MFA student, 2nd Place Winner of Florida Symposium of Graduate Students poster competition
  • Melanie Guerra Murata, Undergraduate student and ASID student chapter president, ASID Award for Outstanding Chapter Leadership
  • Melanie Guerra Murata, Undergraduate student, 2nd Place team winner of Design Charette at NeoCON; and ASID Portrait Project contest winner

FSU Interior Design has recently published its biannual departmental newsletter ID Rendered. For more information on FSU Department of Interior Architecture and Design, stay connected via the FSU Interior Design Department Website, or Florida State University Interior Design Department Facebook Page.