Our five-pronged approach focuses on your individual strengths to develop your unique qualities towards making you an exemplary pi- designer.
As an interior architect you will create spaces and experiences by responding to how humans interact with and inhabit spaces. The interior design course at IIAD prepares you for these challenges of designing built environments, enabling you to give existing spaces a new life through your unique design process.
At the intersection of architecture, interior and experience design, the Interior design course inculcates a multi-disciplinary approach to transforming existing spaces.
Our Interior Architecture Design course is distinguished from courses in interior design and decoration, by our rigorous focus on adaptive reuse, refurbishment and retrofitting as well as detailing technical services. We prepare you to address the emerging trends in interior design by understanding living and working in the 21st century, by re-imagining existing spaces and adapting them to changing needs.
While architect looks at space and structures from the outside, an interior architect takes an inside-out perspective. You learn to respond to how humans inhabit and interact with interior environments through sensitive design. Our interior design course focuses on detailing and design of micro elements within the macro environment.
Our philosophy of thinking-through-making encourages students to develop their design ideas through hands-on-working with a variety of media and materials. Our interior design course sets a fine balance between traditional skills, contemporary practices and future technology.
Rigorous analysis of ideas and beliefs by self-critique paves the way for excellence. You learn to balance your intuitive thinking and logical reasoning, leading to better design solutions. Interior design students get set on a creative adventure, empowering them to become self-reflective practitioners.
Foundation is a bridging program, aiding your transition from school to un-school.
It provides students a pathway to confidently enter the creative, open-ended, exploratory and experimental environment of design education at IIAD. They acquire a broad spectrum of design skills and build their design vocabulary. After successfully completing the Foundation year, students seamlessly progress to BA (Hons) Interior Architecture Design course.
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT + PERSONAL NARRATIVES + BODY AND SPACE + MATERIAL EXPLORATION + INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT + ANTHROPOMETRICS & ERGONOMICS
The first year of the Interior Architecture Design course introduces you to the fundamentals of the built environment by probing into the history, theory and psychology of space making and building structures. By diving into the depths of your own core essence, you are encouraged to create personal narratives in the conceptualisation and design of interior spaces. The interior design course introduces you to principles such as anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics and aesthetic harmony to understand how humans interact with interior space. Conceptual learning is balanced with a strong foundation in practical skills such as drawing, model-making, drafting and rendering. Furthermore, understanding of materials, and their characteristics and properties, enables you to translate ideas into physical spaces. Site visits give you a practical understanding about site conditions and material applications. Interdisciplinary projects let you collaborate with your peers from other disciplines, to understand the dynamics of space by working on installations, storytelling and theatre. In the first year of interior design you will work on two exciting projects in furniture and residential design, culminating in the making of scale models and technical drawings of the proposed designs.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY + PRACTICE-BASED + LEARNING BY MAKING + EXPLORATION-BASED
On completion of this year, your first 8-week Learn On-site industry interface in interior design is encouraged, which should focus on multidisciplinary learning experiences. Students get a first-hand awareness of the actual scope within the interior architecture design and interior design industry.
BUILDING SERVICES + ADVANCE DIGITAL SKILLS + INDUSTRY & MARKET CONNECT + CRAFT PRACTICES + TECHNOLOGY
The second year aims to develop a student’s competency to oversee the entire design process from conceptualisation to actualisation. Working on LIVE projects, interior design students gain an experience of meeting clients, giving regular presentations and recording their on-site observations. Additionally, while gaining confidence in contemporary practices, students also work with India’s rich craft heritage and vernacular architecture. As you progress to complex interior spaces, you start to address the service needs of spatial design. Students gain in-depth knowledge of technical services such as plumbing, electrical, lighting, air conditioning, firefighting and other building services, through site-visits and master classes. The interior design course teaches you to support your design process with primary research, which includes surveys and interviews. Students also conduct market studies to understand how to source and select construction materials, lights, fixtures, hardware, furnishings and various other materials. This year also focuses on developing your proficiency in digital tools for interior design such as SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino, Grasshopper and Arduino to visualise and realise your ideas in 2D and 3D. Through the year you work on interior architecture projects such as Exhibition Design, Retail Design, Hospitality and Office Design. Students also work on industry-driven Live projects; past clients include FabIndia and Select Citywalk.
INDUSTRY PRACTICES + COLLABORATION + BRAND AND CLIENT + ORGANISATIONAL SET-UP + STAKEHOLDERS + REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES
The 16-week Learn On-site internship is a long-term industry exposure envisaged as the gateway to your professional debut. Students get opportunities to work in professional environments and understand the dynamics of an organisational set-up. Interior design course gives you hands-on experience of a variety of processes such as concept development, design detailing, building service design, material specification, bill of quantities, coordinating with clients, consultants and vendors, site visits and more. IIAD graduates have had internship placements in many creative interior design establishments including M.Moser Associates, Synthesis Architecture, Ultraconfidentiel Design Pvt Ltd, The Garage Society, LivSpace, Kaaru, ANT Studio, DCA Architects, MAD Designs, Chromed Design Studios, Confluence Consultancy, Studio Divine, Studio Astrid and Studio An-V-Thot.
AN EVOLVED SELF + ADVANCED DESIGN PROCESS + RESEARCH METHODOLOGY + MAJOR DESIGN PROJECT + ENTREPRENEURSHIP
In the final year, you emerge as a confident, self-aware designer with a distinct design sensibility. You embark on a self-driven research project for the built environment, focusing on a subject area of your interest. Through structured in-depth research, analysis and documentation of the findings you are able to articulate your position in the chosen subject. You will also forge professional connections and build entrepreneurial skills to shape your future interior design practice with ease. This ensures that you stay at the forefront of your domain. The interior design course culminates with the Major Design Project which gives you an opportunity to showcase your creativity, individual style and design process, that is representative of your overall abilities in the field of architecture interior design. With a focus on challenging norms, the project requires you to respond to the needs of an approximately 5000 square feet space. You will shape the overall project process and take design decisions independently, while being closely mentored by faculty and industry experts and in alignment with your peers. The project and year culminate in a professional design exhibition attended by eminent members of the community and industry.
The design uses the modular system to construct a shelter using sustainable materials like bamboo to provide the physical requirements of a homeless shelter. Harshit Garg, Interior Architecture & Design (Batch-2018)
The furniture project emphasises on the improved or greater human connection with the moveable backrest design, allowing the user to sit according to their preference. Nitika Jain, Bulbul Khurana, Siddhant Garg, Vishal Chaudhary (Batch-2020)
“Odeum”, an immersive reflective space for audiophiles to coalesce and engage in. Odeum is an Institutional Interior Design, Commercial project by the student of Interior Architecture and Design Department. Anoushka Mann, Interior Architecture & Design (Batch-2018)
‘Reimagining Retail Outlet’ - The above picture is a moodboard prepared for creating a unique and recognizable atmosphere using colour, shapes and composition for the Interior Design project. Arshiya Murari, Interior Architecture & Design (Batch-2018)
The above picture is a floor plan created for holistically reconfiguring the dynamics of a mixed-use space composed of a club area, retail, co-working space and cafe area. Muskan Khan, Interior Architecture & Design (Batch-2018)
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As an Interior Architect you have several choices –You can choose to work on residences, offices, retail, hospitality, institutions and conservation projects as well as specialise in interior designing, interior styling and visual merchandising. You can also explore select avenues such as exhibition design, set design, experience design, furniture design and scenography. If you enjoy the challenge of running your own practice, you can be an interior design entrepreneur.
With over 38 years of experience in the field of architecture and design, he also has over 30 years of experience as an academician. He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. He went on to do a post-graduation as an Inlaks Scholar from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S.A.) graduating in 1988 with a specialization in Design & Housing.
Madhu Pandit is the Associate Professor in the Interior Architecture and Design Department at the Indian Institute of Art & Design.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin With more than a decade of experience, Rashim has always been a firm believer and preacher of “Learning by Doing”. She is versatile and open to learning, with multiple feathers in her hat. She is an Architect, Interior Designer and a Scientific Vastu Consultant. She has worked on varied projects from the interiors of a residence to the interiors of a 5-star Hotel (Marriott), retail stores to a shopping mall, joggers park to high end villas. She has been the Head of Department of Interior Design at INIFD, Jalandhar and has also worked as an Associate Professor at Pearl Academy, New Delhi. Rashim has also taught at Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar and Govt. Polytechnic for Women in the early years of her career.
With over twenty years of experience, Tanya’s work spans across Alternate Construction, Crafts Initiative, Digital Content, Exhibition Design, Heritage Conservation, Product Design, and others. A strong advocator of hands-on learning, it is no surprise that Construction, Design, Graphics and Materials are her main subjects.
Shreemun Singh is a seasoned architect with more than 8 years of experience in the field, having graduated with a B.Arch degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in 2014.
Graduated in 2016 with a B.Arch degree from the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Ankit holds seven years of experience in the fields of Architecture and Design. He believes in exploring various facets of design-rather than aggressively adhering to one.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Shubhankar’s practice meditates between the Arts and Sciences. His graduation thesis titled “Design as a tool for social upliftment of children at Red light Districts : A case of GB road” is a research-led conceptual proposal that establishes spatial design practices as a catalyst for societal change.
Mentored by Ar. Nimish Patel & Ar. Parul Zaveri at Abhikram in Ahmedabad, He started his career with Heritage Conservation & Adaptive reuse at Cultural Resource & Conservation Initiative, New Delhi. Shubhankar is trained in Indian Classical dance and has been involved with a Delhi based multidisciplinary design studio in successfully delivering various Exhibition design projects and Immersive spatial experiences. Shubhankar is a young educator who believes in nurturing self-expression and motivates unconventional approaches among his students.
Mani enjoys creating experiences in physical and virtual planes and is interested in juxtaposing Art with Design as she explores structure, mixed media and analog interfaces.
IIAD’s purpose-built campus aims to meet the dynamic learning-teaching needs of its progressive pedagogy and curriculum. The environment’s adaptive spaces include studios, digital labs with industry standard design softwares and 3D material workshops, which are all designed to facilitate seamless multidisciplinary collaborations and exchanges.
Student working in the Material Construction Lab for an IAD project at the IIAD campus
Interior Architecture and Design student Sushmita Rai with her final projectat IIAD’s first graduate show 2019.
Interior Architecture and Design student Shambhavi Gautam setting up her display of the entire year’s work for IIAD’s first graduate show 2019.
IIAD hosts Team Indiefolio, India’s largest online network for creative professionals along with tech giants, HP for a day-long session titled ‘Reinvent Design.’
Arduino Workshop: Prem Sagar, founder of Banaao works with IAD students with the motto to help everyone think, innovate and build
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Interior design is the professional practice of optimising the functionality and aesthetic appeal of interior spaces through research, planning and design. It involves creating solutions that align with the architecture of a space, emphasising well-being, safety, and health. Informed decisions about style and aesthetics are integral to this process.
As a discipline, interior architecture combines the principles of both interior design and architecture through an inside-out perspective. An interior architect addresses the spatial interaction, considering elements such as door and window placement, accessibility, ergonomics, and other structural aspects. Also, it caters to aesthetical requirements of a space through materiality. Additionally, this discipline also offers the scope of adaptive reuse, which entails reimagining existing spaces.
An interior designer performs the following responsibilities:
An interior architect integrates interior design and architecture principles. Here’s a comprehensive list of general roles and responsibilities:
Considering a career in interior architecture and design? Read on to learn why IIAD proves to be the perfect fit for you.
When deciding between an interior design and interior architecture & design course, you must consider your preferences for just creative expression or both creative expression and problem-solving. If you enjoy focusing on the aesthetic orientation of an interior space, interior design may be the right fit.
On the other hand, if you are interested in working on developing the overall user experience of a space or oriented towards reimagining existing spaces, interior architecture will align better with your aspirations. In the end, it’s all about choosing a course that resonates with your personal interests and long-term career objectives.
At IIAD, your course in interior architecture and design spans four years. It starts with a foundational year, paving the way for three subsequent years of immersive coursework and exposure to the intricacies of the interior design, architecture and construction industries. This course is designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and exposure to become a competent interior architect.
The courses are made to match what the industries need, providing you with a relevant and practical learning experience relevant to the job market.
IIAD’s interior architecture and design course sets itself apart with a unique teaching approach. Instead of traditional classrooms, it emphasises hands-on, studio-based learning, prioritising practical skills. This methodology integrates principles of anthropometry, ergonomics and aesthetic harmony to enable students to understand the human connection to interior spaces. The course balances conceptual learning with a strong foundation in essential skills such as drawing, model-making, drafting, and rendering. The curriculum also places a special emphasis on material knowledge, enabling students to transform concepts into meaningful spatial interventions. IIAD thrives through its diverse faculty, mentors, academics, and industry practitioners, namely Snehanshu Mukherjee, Madhu Pandit, Shubhankar Goswami, Rashim Mahajan, Tanya Kumar, Ankit Mathur, and Shreemun Singh. For more details regarding the faculty, please visit the website.
On successfully finishing the Interior Architecture and Design programme, you have a diverse range of career options that let you specialise based on what you like and are good at. Presenting a handful of choices to consider from: