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About the Department

The Department of Interior Design provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience grounded in the issues of interior architecture. One of the oldest programs of its kind in U.S., we offer a curriculum that balances academic study with professional training, helping students gain both conceptual knowledge and technical skill.

Our BFA in Interior Design and MFA in Design (Interior Environments) degree programs are accredited by CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Our alumni are commercial designers, hospitality designers, residential designers, museum and exhibition designers and lighting designers.

We have over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students from all over the U.S. and abroad.

Degree Programs

This studio-based program focuses on creating conceptually driven, critical holistic three-dimensional spaces, with the principles of space, form, color and light serving as the foundations of your studies.

Interior Design students

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The department’s relationships with design firms nationwide

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Interior Department inks $95M dollar deal to modernize IT system from 1990s

The Department of the Interior awarded a $95 million contract to NTT DATA Federal Services to modernize one of its critical information systems, the company announced April 28.

The five-year contract will modernize Interior’s Technical Information Management System, or TIMS, which automates business and regulatory functions for the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as well as its Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The latter, BSEE, maintains the system.

Under the contract, NTT DATA will “provide operations support, infrastructure and application maintenance, security, cloud transformation and other IT services.”

TIMS was established in the 1990s, according to an Interior privacy impact assessment from 2018. The system supports the core mission of the two bureaus and enables the four regional offices and the Virginia headquarters to share and combine data, print maps, and standardize forms and other documents. The system is also used by the Office of Natural Resource Revenue,

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Interior Department Must Extend Comment Period for Controversial Chaco Drilling Plan

SANTA FE, NM — The National Wildlife Federation called on the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to extend the public comment period for their controversial plan to open up areas around Chaco Culture National Historical Park to oil and gas drilling. The communities that would be most impacted by the drilling have also been the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Leaders of the Navajo Nation and the All Pueblo Council of Governors have requested an extension for the comment period so they can continue to deal with multitude of impacts from the pandemic.

“Seeking public input to open up Chaco Canyon for energy development during a public health crisis — especially where Native American populations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and where pollution has been shown to exacerbate the virus’ impact on local communities — is a grave injustice and tragedy. The

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Doors | Department of Energy

Adding a storm door can be a good investment if your existing door is old but still in good condition. However, adding a storm door to a newer, insulated door is not generally worth the expense, because you won’t save much more energy.

If you plan to purchase a storm door, consider features that improve the energy efficiency. 

Storm door frames are usually made of aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or wood (painted or not). Wooden storm doors require more maintenance than the other types. Metal-framed storm doors might have foam insulation inside their frames.

High-quality storm doors use low-emissivity (low-e) glass or glazing. Other features may include screens with self-storing pockets, full-length screens with removable glass panels, and screens and glass that slide past each other. All of these features add convenience and cost.

A glass storm door could trap heat against an entry door and cause damage if the exterior

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Department of Interior Architecture | School of Architecture & Environment

The Department of Interior Architecture offers a robust and comprehensive interior design curriculum. Students can earn accredited professional degrees at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Interior architecture integrates critical analysis with creative thinking to revitalize, reuse, and adapt buildings to resonate with users and provide uplifting, healthy, and sustainable interior environments. Our students learn in a unique interdisciplinary environment that allows each person to fine tune their interests while gaining exposure to a broad range of issues that affect the interior environment. Graduates of the program are prepared to act as innovative problem solvers and influential space makers.

Collaborative and Creative Community

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Interior Architecture faculty members work closely with our students to offer a broad range of design experiences while guiding each student to explore and develop individual interests. We emphasize collaboration in a noncompetitive but rigorous learning environment by encouraging a supportive studio culture that includes teamwork and peer

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Susan Combs leaves Interior Department post – News – Austin American-Statesman

A former Texas state official who has long served as a lightning rod on environmental and endangered species issues, is leaving her post in the Trump administration.

U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Susan Combs — who previously served as Texas comptroller and agriculture commissioner — is leaving the agency less than a year after the Senate confirmed her nomination.

“Susan Combs has served @Interior and the American people with dedication and distinction. We are in her debt,” Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt wrote on Twitter on Monday. “She led critical efforts modernizing and reorganizing our operations.”

Bernhardt continued: “I appreciate her need to head back home to Texas, and she will be sorely missed.”

The Interior Department did not made Combs available for an interview about why she was coming

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Interior Department proposes allowing hunters to bait Alaskan bears

The proposal from the National Park Service, published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, took issue with protections for black bears, “including cubs and sows with cubs,” as well as wolves and coyotes, including their pups, from “harvest practices that are otherwise permitted by the State of Alaska.”

The 2015 rule now targeted by the National Park Service also prohibited using dogs to hunt black bears and using motorboats to hunt swimming caribou.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came into office moving to expand public hunting ground from day one and issued directives last year aimed at fishing and hunting guidelines from the department.

The park service, in its proposal Tuesday, cited two of Zinke’s orders, one calling on the agency to increase access to public lands for hunting and another that the park service said called on it to work with state partners, like Alaska.

“The purpose of this proposed

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FSU Department of Interior Architecture and Design


The Department of Interior Architecture and Design, housed in the College of Fine Arts, encompasses a CIDA accredited undergraduate curriculum and a one-year master of science (M.S.) degree or a 2-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.  Students are exposed to design theory, history, technical skills, and participate in studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces including health care, retail, office environments, hospitality and designs for special populations such as children, elders, and others in need of supportive spaces.  The CIDA accredited curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms, as interior designers in architectural firms, or in a number of other design-related settings.

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The Program

The Department offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in interior design.  The Undergraduate Program has been fully accredited since 1975 by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools

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Udall, Wyden, Merkley Urge Interior Department To Suspend Policy Actions Unrelated To COVID-19 Response

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to immediately suspend any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided.

The senators sent the letter as New Mexicans and Americans across the country are focused on the safety and well-being of themselves and their families during this global crisis, meaning public comment periods on policy actions at this time cannot fully reflect public opinion and meaningful participation. 

In New Mexico, DOI oversees approximately 27 million acres, about 34 percent of the state’s total lands. Just last week, the

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United States Department of the Interior

The United States Department of the Interior (DI) is a federal executive department of the U.S. government. It is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal lands and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States. About 75% of federal public land is managed by the department, with most of the remainder managed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s United States Forest Service.[3]

The department is administered by the United States secretary of the interior, who is a member of the Cabinet of the president. The current secretary is David Bernhardt, who previously served in the Department as deputy secretary. The inspector general position is currently held by Mary Kendall, who is serving as acting inspector general.[4][5]

Despite its name, the Department of the Interior has

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