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ID program ranks first in nation

Friday, January 30, 2009

The College of Human Ecology's bachelor of interior design program has been ranked best in the nation.

A recent survey of architecture and design firms has ranked K-State's bachelor of interior design and interior architecture programs first. Three other architecture degree programs also earning top 10 rankings. For survey purposes, bachelor's programs in interior design and interior architecture and product design are combined.

According to the 2009 survey of leading architecture and design professionals published in the journal DesignIntelligence, K-State ranks:

  • First among bachelor of interior design and interior architecture
  • Second among master of interior design and interior architecture
  • Second among bachelor of landscape architecture programs;
  • Eighth among master of landscape architecture programs; and
  • Eleventh among master of architecture programs.

"Being recognized by employers as being one of the best at preparing students for professional success overall is a great honor," said Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology, which offers a bachelor's degree in interior design. Jana Hawley is chair of the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design.

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design is currently transitioning its professional five-year bachelor's degree programs into five-year master's degrees in architecture, interior architecture and product design, and landscape architecture.

The annual survey is conducted by DesignIntelligence and the Design Futures Council, in conjunction with the Almanac of Architecture and Design.

According to its sponsors, the survey can be used to help current and future students plan their educational paths. The U.S. has approximately 149 accredited interior design or interior architecture programs, 122 accredited architecture programs and 81 accredited landscape architecture programs.

This article was posted on Friday, January 30, 2009, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.