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Interior Design Department of Architecture

Interior Design

Interior Design Department of Architecture

Interior Design

Interior Design Department of Architecture

Interior Design

Interior Design Department of Architecture

Interior Design

Interior Design Department of Architecture

Interior Design

Why Choose UTSA?

As educators, we continually evaluate our program by gauging several key metrics – national accreditation, graduate placement in “top tier” design firms, alumni achievement, student satisfaction, and student success in national and international design competitions.

Accreditation
Interior design is one of five professional programs in the Department of Architecture and one of three that require national accreditation. Like most professional programs where licensure is a requirement for professional practice, being accredited means that UTSA’s interior design program meets professional standards defined by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), a national organization of practitioners and design educators whose mission it is to establish and evaluate design programs ensuring compliance. Award of CIDA accreditation attests to the quality of the interior design program and benefits the public and program in many ways. Parents, students, and employers of graduates can be assured that the program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design. Furthermore, the accreditation process provides the program with valuable input for continued development and assists the program in adapting to meet evolving professional requirements as CIDA updates standards. Students who graduate from accredited programs are equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform as future professionals and, thus qualified to take professional licensing exams, a requirement in most states and specifically in Texas. The interior design program at UTSA received its initial accreditation in 1999 and has maintained accredited status continuously. Below are the achievement statistics of our recent interior design graduates:

  • Job Placement: 81% of students that graduated in 2015 were employed.
  • Acceptance to Graduate Programs: 100% of 2015 graduates who applied to graduate programs were accepted.
  • Graduation Rates: 40% of students from class of 2015 graduated in 4 years
  • Retention / Attrition: 100%

 

Alumni
Another key measure of our success is most evident in the success of our alumni in their respective careers – whether it’s designing innovative products with a global distribution, leading national sustainable design initiatives, or winning design competitions. Our alumni can be found in major firms around the country, in leadership positions focused on design, project management, construction administration, and building technology and sustainable design. Often their works are featured in professional design journals and garner design and leadership awards. And, our graduates are very successful in passing the national licensing exam (NCIDQ) as well as obtaining specialized certificates in areas of sustainability and energy efficiency (LEED), accessibility and code experts, and health care design and others. Because our students are so well prepared to enter the profession we enjoy a great reputation with high profile firms who actively recruit our graduates.

A list of national and regional firms that have hired our graduates include:

  • Alamo Architects, San Antonio
  • Bohlin, Cywinski, & Jackson Architects, San Francisco
  • Bommarito Group, Austin
  • Broussard Group, San Antonio
  • Ford Powell and Carson Architects, San Antonio
  • Fox Architects, Washington D.C.
  • Gensler Architects, Houston, Denver, San Francisco, Austin
  • IA Interior Architects, Dallas
  • Insite Architects, San Antonio
  • Kell Munoz Architects, San Antonio
  • Lauckgroup Interior Architects, Dallas, Austin
  • Marmon Mok Architects, San Antonio
  • Office Source, San Antonio
  • Planning Design Research, Houston
  • PSP Architects, Houston
  • Rottet Studio Interior Architecture, San Francisco
  • StudioWorks, Austin
  • Texas Wilson Office Products, San Antonio
  • Tom Dixon Design Research Studio, London

 

Student Honors and Awards
The interior design program at UTSA has a long and successful history competing in regional, national and international design and scholarship competitions. In the last 10 years, more than 20 students have successfully competed in the following design competitions:

●  2nd Annual SES Student Healthcare Design Intervention, Healthcare at Edges: Urban Growth and Decentralization of Care – a regional design competition sponsored by AIA Houston, the Committee on Healthcare Architecture (CAH). Competition seeks a solution to a healthcare architecture related design challenge and entices a new generation of designers towards healthcare design. Second place winners: Damaris Acosta, Cherie Bartels, Laura M. Elizondo, Reid D. Gould (2014)
Faculty Advisor – Ela Tekkaya Poursani
Team Advocate – Dianne Gordon, MD Anderson, Houston

●  1st Annual SES Student Healthcare Design Intervention, Health to the People – a regional design competition sponsored by AIA Houston, the Committee on Healthcare Architecture (CAH). Competition seeks a solution to a healthcare architecture related design challenge and entices a new generation of designers towards healthcare design. First place winners: Nicole L. Brand, Nicholas L. Faller, Jesus G. Hinojosa, Jenna A. Perrone (2013)
Faculty Advisor – Ela Tekkaya Poursani
Team Advocate – Dianne Gordon, MD Anderson, Houston
Gallery: AIA Houston Healthcare Competition

●  FurnitureLab Tabletop Design Competition – a national competition seeking innovative table top graphics design from professionals and students. First Place: Gerry Razo (2012)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford
Gallery: FurnitureLab Tabletop Design Competition

●  Broussard Group Showroom Competition – a local competition sponsored by Broussard Group seeking innovative design solutions to showcase new Knoll furniture products. First Place: Kristen Leija (2012)
Faculty Advisor – Irina Solovyola, PhD.
Gallery: Broussard Group Showroom Competition

●  IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition – an international design competition focused on excellence and innovation in sustainable interior design. Second Place: Micaela Silva (2012)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford
Gallery: IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition

●  Starnet Flooring Design Competition – a national design competition sponsored by Starnet, an alliance of flooring product manufacturers. Competition seeks creative use of featured flooring products. First place winner: Joaquin Abrego (2006); Melissa Pakebush (2007); and April Rascoe (2009)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford

●  NEWH ( Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (Southwest Region Chapter) Scholarship Competition – a regional competition seeking creative hospitality design projects. First Place, Student : Dawn James (2004); Emily Smith (2007 & 2008); Elizabeth Valadez (2011)
Faculty Sponsor – Susan Lanford, Diane Hays
Gallery: NEWH Student Scholarship Competition

●  Dalsouple Transform the Future Design Competition – an international competition focused on sustainable use of Dalsouple’s rubber flooring products.  Highly Commended Award:  Ivonne Cabellero, Cristina de Saro (2008)
Faculty sponsor – Irina Solovyola

●  4th Annual Hospitality Magazine Competition (Student Category) – an international competition seeking creative projects in hospitality design for professionals and students.  First Place: Nicole Nelson20 (2008)

●  Angela Donghia Foundation Scholarship Competition – a national scholarship competition seeking creative use of Donghia products in design. First Place: Lorena Hinojosa (2003); Priscilla Velez (2007)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford, Diane Hays

●  UTSA College of Architecture “Henry Lende Award” 2007 – a College of Architecture design competition sponsored by local developer Henry Lende for students in 2nd year design studios. First Place: Sarah Smith (2007)

●  Design Boom International House Party Competition – an international competition seeking creative themed solutions.  Third Place: Adam Nash, 2006.  Faculty advisor – Irina Solovyola, PhD.

●  Contract Magazine Health Care Environment Design Award (Student Category) – an international competition seeking excellence in healthcare and hospital design for professionals and students. Honorable Mention, Josh Pierce, 2004.
Faculty Advisory – Diane Hays

 25th Annual Contract Magazine Design Competition (Student Category) – an international competition seeking “excellence in design” for professionals and students. First Place: Lee Williams, 2003
Faculty Advisor – Diane Hays
Gallery: 25th Annual Contract Magazine Design Competition

●  ASID Textile Design Competition – a national competition seeking creative applications of pattern and weaving structures for textile design. First Place: Dawn James (2002)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford

●  National Carnegie Textile Design Competition – a national competition seeking creative use of “Xorel” fabric. Third Place: Mary Canifani (2002)
Faculty Advisor – Susan Lanford