Three graduate programs are offered in the Department of Interior Architecture:    

1+ year Master of Arts (MA) in Adaptive Reuse.

Students enter the MA program with a first professional degree in Architecture: BArch or MArch. 

MA Program Description

2+ year Master of Design [MDes] in Interior Studies: ADAPTIVE REUSE] & EXHIBITION & NARRATIVE ENVIRONMENTS   

Students enter both INTAR MDes programs with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

NEW: The MDES in Interior Studies (Exhibition and Narrative Environments) is an exploration of exhibition and narrative environments through a unique curriculum that combines design studios and coursework in Interior Studies with related studies at the RISD Museum and the related departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Graphic Design and Digital Media.


All three programs offer a graduate specialist design education in the alteration of existing built environments. Studies begin with an immersive summer program in either a 6-week study of the fundamentals of design (MDes) or a 7-week focus on adaptive reuse through both a design and travel program based in Copenhagen, Denmark (MA). The two programs share the pedagogical objective of interventions in the existing built environment but diverge in their approach. The MDes degree program offers investigations within a broad interpretation of the existing built environment that ranges from the reuse of structures, to installations and exhibitions, while the MA degree program focuses directly on the adaptive reuse of existing structures.

For information on the application process, visit the RISD admission page: Apply page.