Interior Design

Above photos: 2014 Thom Carroll Photography

Interior designers ask questions about the spaces we spend most of our time.  Our talented faculty are practicing interior designers who help students answer those questions by educating them to become creative, socially responsible, practicing professionals.  Students develop design skills that emphasize the imagination while taking into account the needs of the space and their future clients. 

The program’s Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) ensures that our students will have the skills and connections to practice in the field.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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News & Highlights

  • 100% of 2014 Interior Design graduates are employed, 86% with organizations in their field of study.  For more details visit the Locks Career Center page
    Congratulations to Shakira Hunt ‘15, Interior Design major, who earned an Honorable Mention for the project she submitted to the IIDA 2015 Design Bowl Competition!  Read more and see her board
  • Heather Ujiie, adjunct professor of Fine Arts (textiles), Fashion Design and Interior Design, is the recipient of The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant. The grant is awarded to visual artists over 40 who live within 150 miles of Washington, D.C. The $15,000 grant enables recipients to concentrate on their artwork.
    Chair and Faculty member Kathryn Dethier was featured in an article titled “Queen Village: A Modern Makeover for Fabric Row” in November 2014.  Kathryn worked on façade improvement proposals for two Philadelphia businesses on 4th street of Fabric Row.  She recently completed designs for the new Moon and Arrow building, Paradigm Art Gallery and Digital Ferret Music.
  • Moore Interior Design majors Jade Esplin and Monica Glebocki are participating with students from around Philadelphia in this exhibition that explores the creative work happening in local architecture and design schools.

  • Carol Elia '88 worked on a project at C R DESIGN that was recently awarded the Interior Design for Pine Run's new Community Center or Hub as it is called by the Pine Run Staff and Residents. This $6 million project is located in Doylestown, PA. C R Design has recently completed for the same client a 5 story Health Center Renovation project which included selection and design of all new finishes as well as procurement of $1 million in furnishings

  • Architectural Digest magazine will spotlight Kathleen Vissar '80 and her company Wells Vissar Inc. in the November 2014 issue. The article delves into the 20 year history of Wells Vissar Inc. It explains how Kathleen incorporates the old world craft of scagliola into the architectural forms/installations that she and her staff design and fabricate (in Philadelphia) for both residential and commercial interiors.

Karen Daroff
I am extremely committed to design excellence. I founded Daroff Design Inc. in 1973 and have led my firm to national and international prominence with offices in Philadelphia and Shanghai. My expertise lies in designing...
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Shemir Walton
SHEMIR WALTON: IN HER OWN WORDS A W.W Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship recipient  “I'm Shemir from Philly.  The W.W Smith Scholarship means a lot to me. When I was in Middle School I had to undergo surgery because of...
Kia Weatherspoon
Kia Weatherspoon ’10 presented her graduate thesis to a team of jurors at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 2013. The thesis was a hospitality project in Washington DC, to turn a historic municipal building...