Interior Architecture Masters Theses


Interior Architecture offers the following degree program options at the graduate level:

• Master of Arts (MA) in Adaptive Reuse, a one-year+ program

• Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies / Adaptive Reuse, a two-year+ program

• Master of Design (MDes) in Interior Studies / Exhibition + Narrative Environments, a two-year+ program

Both programs take an innovative and progressive approach to addressing design issues intrinsic to the reuse and transformation of existing structures. US News & World Report and Design Intelligence have both ranked RISD’s Interior Architecture programs among the top in the country.

Each MA candidate produces a final project that begins with a research component in the fall and evolves into a studio/design project in the spring. MDes candidates demonstrate competency through self-directed Degree Projects that include a seminar on theory, a research component and a studio component. Each DP focuses on the transformation of an existing structure of their choice in the city of Providence. All MA and MDes candidates also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

Graduate Program Director: Markus Berger

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016


A place for family: support health through community, Jiaqi Li


We can be heroes: enriched spaces for men of color, Ann McKinnon

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


Equilibrium: public spectacle for social integration, Reem Al Thani


Community in a post-diest world, Kirby Benjamin


The post office reimagined : restoring healthy living in America, Mallory Buck


Power shift: a catalyst for architectural transformation : rapid transit, Cincinnati, Dachamont Kaewket


Redefining liminal spaces through natural phenomena, Hanna Kim