We believe in fostering an environment that encourages creativity and pushes the boundaries of design with an emphasis on conceptual thinking and the design process. Our studio-based curriculum, the core of our program, is where students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials, and innovative methods and techniques.
Our studio projects take advantage of our location within a multi-discipline research university in the nation’s capital with interdisciplinary studies that collaborate with diverse GW departments, adaptive re-use projects positioned within historic contexts in DC, and projects that highlight the global vision of the university.
Our design community continues to expand through our participation in the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; the creation of ‘Design in Schools’, an outreach program to local high schools; involvement in IDEC’s yearly ‘Make a Difference’ non-profit design project; an Advisory Board that links GW IAD with design professionals; our summer study abroad program offers courses that focus on the history and design of dynamic cultures; and our Annual Distinguished Designer Lecture, which brings world renown architects and designers to GW to inspire our students and the design community.
What makes us different:
The GW IAD program is the only CIDA-accredited program in Washington, DC, and one of only four interior design programs located at universities that rank in the top 56 of US News and World Report’s list of national research universities. As a part this intellectual environment, our faculty research focuses on aspects of the profession from pedagogy to sustainability to architectural and design history to lighting, publishing as well as speaking at national and international design conferences.
Stephanie Travis, M.Arch, LEED AP
Director + Associate Professor