Your Career in Architecture and Interior Design

scenes of architects and interior designers at work and a rendering of an office

What can I do with a major in Architecture+Interior Design?

Studying architecture and interior design prepares you to work in a vast range of areas in the building design sectors including: retail design, commercial architecture, residential buildings, health facility design, educational buildings, industrial design, office fit outs and much more. However the skills you learn will help you so much more. Here are just a few examples:

  • Creative abilities will get you jobs in architecture and interior design studios.
  • Hand and computer graphics skills can get you into visualization and advertising.
  • ‘Design thinking’ will help you in everything, from transport to product design.
  • Critical thinking is essential to social justice and social policy fields.
  • Knowledge building/interior environments is needed for wellbeing and the health sector.
  • Skills in sustainability will let you specialize in environmental design and planning.

Studying at Miami teaches you all of these skills and opens all of these doors... and more.

Student and Alumni Stories

Brian Albrecht

M. Arch (2012)

Brian Albrecht

Lead Designer and Graphics Specialist
Albrecht Wood Interiors, Dayton OH

The architecture program at Miami provided me with both a detailed and broad education which stems from the great diversity in interests and expertise shown by both the faculty and other students. My education at Oxford has helped me on an almost daily basis since graduation and I could not imagine a better experience.

A designer kitchen by Albrecht Wood Interiors

Kitchen Design by Albrecht Wood Interiors

Mark Bailey

M. Arch (2014)

Mark Bailey

Project Architect
Levin Porter Architects, Dayton, OH

During my time at Miami, the graduate curriculum strengthened my design abilities, fostered collaboration among my colleagues, and generated the design philosophy for how I practice architecture today. Miami’s offering of diverse studios and seminars instilled a strong work ethic in myself, which motivated me to become a registered architect.

Northridge Local High School

Northridge Local Schools Project

Lynn Bellhumeur

BA, Architecture (2017)

Lynn Bellhumeur

Designer, CR architecture + design, Cincinnati, OH

Winning runner-up in the small multifamily category at the National Renewable Energy Lab, Race to Zero Competition gave me the chance to practice my leadership skills and overcome the hurdle of being the first team ever to represent our architecture program at an international level. Because of this unique opportunity, I am now a strong advocate for energy efficient design.

Lynn Bellhumeur design

Lynn Bellhumeur Design

Amanda Carroll

BFA, Interior Design (2004)

Amanda Carroll

Principal and Studio Director
Gensler, New York, NY

Studying design at Miami far exceeded my expectations. The faculty’s expertise and care, the program’s thoughtfulness and relevance, and the design community’s friendly and collaborative character created the ideal setting for learning, growing and exploring my design aspirations. At Gensler, I now lead a studio of designers that create a better world through the power of design—one project at a time.

Convene at 101 Park interior

Gensler Design for Convene at 101 Park

Kayla Edwards

Interior Design Student, Class of 2019

Kayla Edwards

It is refreshing to be a part of a program with professors and fellow classmates who only want to see you succeed. I have had the opportunity to intern, study architecture abroad, lead a professional organization, and make a difference to those around me. I now have lifelong friends and mentors, and thanks to my time in this program, I have a job after graduation, even with one more semester to conquer.

Kayla presents a project

Kayla Edwards presents a project

Shane Gring

BA, Architecture (2009)

Shane Gring at a construction site

Founder of BOULD
18 of the Last 9 Honoree
Designer at Function, Pittsburgh, PA

My Miami education was critical for my success in entrepreneurship—from learning how to articulate complicated ideas to understanding how to adapt to critical feedback, to gaining an appreciation of details and craftsmanship. I've been overwhelmed by the active support of professors, students, and the College of Creative Arts, who continue to be committed to my personal and professional growth.

Denver Habitat for Humanity House project

Denver Habitat for Humanity House

Jordan Hall

Interior Design Student, Class of 2019

Jordan Hall

When I joined this program, I was shown immediately what strong relationships, talent, and opportunity are held inside through the students, faculty, and curriculum. These past four years allowed me to grow into a strong, well-experienced interior designer while exceeding my personal goals along the way. I have a passion for the design process and the practice of transforming spaces to meet the needs of the people they serve.

A design of learning space

Interior design by Jordan Hall

Kaley Sobanski

BFA, Interior Design (2016)

Kaley Sobanski

Interior Designer
BHDM Design New York, NY

The Architecture and Interior Design Department gave me the foundation for lifelong learning and exploring. The dedicated faculty and students share a mutual passion for new and innovative ways of thinking about the design process. My four years in the program allowed me to grow so much as a designer and gain a global perspective on how strong of an impact design has on our world.

BHDM Design, New York

BHDM Design, New York

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Design Issues

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Human-Centered Experience
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Healthy Environments
Professional Identity and Branded Environments
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