The field of interior architecture shares a lot with interior design and decorating. Students of both fields learn to design comfortable, safe, and useful indoor spaces, from downtown penthouses to high school classrooms.
But the interior architecture major typically focuses on architecture and construction. You’ll learn about much more than artistic concerns, such as choosing which style of furnishings works well in an open, loftlike apartment. You’ll also learn about technical issues, such as seismic retrofitting (making old buildings safe from earthquakes).