I am SO very proud of my school and our program.
Interior Design students and Auburn’s Interior Design Program Named Best in Nation by DesignIntelligence
Pictured above is Will Parker one of our recent graduates and one of the best architectural renderers around.
The undergraduate interior design program in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University is the best in the U.S., according to DesignIntelligence magazine.
For its annual survey, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools,” the publication asked 277 leading architecture and design firms which schools best prepare students for success in theprofession. Based on interior design programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA),
Auburn was ranked No. 1 in the nation, along with Savannah College of Art and Design.”Being ranked #1 is a testament tothe efforts that both faculty and students have made to ensure that our graduates are indeed prepared for theprofessional world,” says Consumer Affairs department chair Carol Warfield. According to CIDA, accreditation requiresstudents to apply knowledge of human behavior, history, space and form, materials, environmental systems andconstruction, among others, to the design of residential and commercial spaces.
With a CIDA-accredited interior design degree, Auburn graduates are eligible to sit for the NCIDQ licensing exam within two years of full-time professional practice. Auburn graduates consistently earn placement with top 100 architecture and design firms each year.
“We are pleased to be recognized as one of many excellent design programs offered here at Auburn,” says June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences.
The interior design program also placed third nationally for cross-disciplinary teamwork. “Our students work very hard to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving and increasingly interdisciplinary field,” says Paula Peek, Interior Design program coordinator and W. Allen & Martha Reimer Reed Professor of Interior Design.
Additionally, DesignIntelligence cited the growing importance of collaboration and communication in design education. “The interior designer doesn’t just hand down a set of drawings and walk away,” says assistant professor Shari Park-Gates. “Good communication with clients and other building professionals is essential in every step of the design process.” “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading architecture and design firms.
For more information on Auburn’s CIDA-accredited interior design program in the College of Human Sciences, visit
They have worked so hard and so deserving of this. Having served the school as Vice President and President during my undergrad years and now as an advisory board member, this program and these students are my babies.
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