As an interior architect you will create spaces and experiences by responding to how humans interact with and inhabit spaces. 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.
Thinker & Maker
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 of living and working in the 21st century, by re-imagining existing spaces and adapting them to changing needs.
While an 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. We focus 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. We set 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. Students get set on a creative adventure, empowering them to become self-reflective practitioners.
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT + PERSONAL NARRATIVES + BODY AND SPACE + MATERIAL EXPLORATION + INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT + ANTHROPOMETRICS & ERGONOMICS
LEARN-ON-SITE 8 WEEK INTERNSHIP
MULTIDISCIPLINARY + PRACTICE-BASED + LEARNING BY MAKING + EXPLORATION-BASED
At the end of this year, your first industry interface will be facilitated with an 8-week Learn On-site internship, which will focus on multidisciplinary learning experiences. With a focus on a multidisciplinary learning experience, students get a first hand awareness of the actual scope within the interior architecture 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, 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. You learn 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 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.
LEARN-ON-SITE 16 WEEK INTERNSHIP
INDUSTRY PRACTICES + COLLABORATION + BRAND AND CLIENT + ORGANISATIONAL SET-UP + STAKEHOLDERS + REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES
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 design practice with ease. This ensures that you stay at the forefront of your domain.
Major Design Project
The final year 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.
Sakshi Sarawgi designed a luxurious residence as part of an internship at NSN Studio Devine.
An ideation process documented through sketches by Pranjali Rawat (Batch of 2021)
Fejin Ali - worked on creating an art gallery museum as part of the major design project in the final year
Palak Jain - a terrace design of a residential space as part of the major design project (final year).
Alumni thesis project wherein the student worked on a Pepper manufacturing workspace in Calicutt and converted it into an art gallery museum. Fejin Ali-Alumini
As part of a pop-up store project, students learnt about temporary structures. This display system was made by Mansi Almadi at the IIAD campus.
Interior Architecture and Design student, Anjali Chauhan, designed a pop-up store The focus of this project was to learn about temporary structures by designing a display system. The Select City Walk Mall, New Delhi, is in talks with IIAD to help create temporary retail structures for the mall.
Himanshi DadhichInterior Architecture and Design
Abhinav NInterior Architecture and Design
Hitesh Katiyar Architects
Incor Group (Boston Living)
Simran BhatiaInterior Architecture and Design
Sagar Nagpal Architect
“From being the Student Council President to finally being an Interior Architect, the journey was really about discovering myself as a sensitive designer who is responsible towards society as a whole.”
“Faculty are the best books we have. We learn from them both inside and outside the studio”
“It is not just old knowledge getting passed down. If a new concept is introduced in the industry, it finds its way into the classroom.”
What does an Interior Architect do?
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 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 entrepreneur.
Snehanshu MukherjeeProfessorInterior Architecture and Design
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. While at MIT he won a competition and went on to build an installation on the Boston Commons depicting Boston in the year 2010.Read More +
Madhu PanditAssociate Professor
Madhu Pandit is the Associate Professor in the Interior Architecture and Design Department at the Indian Institute of Art & Design. As Partner at NMA (Neeraj Manchanda Architects, founded 1990), an award winning Architectural and Interior Design practice based in New Delhi, Madhu has enjoyed balancing teaching with professional practice for several years now.. NMA has worked successfully with clients and stakeholders across projects in the institutional, commercial, residential, and industrial domains in India, Nepal, and Vietnam Madhu has a wide body of work in Adaptive Reuse (breathing new life into old) for historical buildings.Read More
Rashim MahajanAssociate Professor
“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.Read More
Rohin SherAssociate Professor
Over the last 15 years, Rohin Sher has specialised in understanding, measuring and talking about the adverse effect of modern architecture, interior practices on our environment.Read More
Mani SharmaAssistant Professor
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.Read More
Having graduated as an Outstanding Scholar from Savannah College of Art and Design (United States), with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Kanika Arora is a Commercial Interior Designer, Architect, Educator and Panelist. Kanika completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Vastukala College of Architecture, New Delhi and received the Pidilite Award for Excellence in Architectural Studies and Optimum Space Utilization in 2013. Kanika has performed at various renowned platforms including SCAD Show, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and the Tiny House Festival sharing her design philosophy, mission and ongoing research with large audiences.Read More
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 project at 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.’
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