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Interior Design

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Career Paths

Careers for interior design graduates are available in private consulting practice (architecture, interior design and multidisciplinary design firms; product-manufacturing companies, etc.), corporate/institutional practice (cultural and historical resource organizations, design sections of contracting companies, facilities departments within private corporations, hospitals or universities, etc.), as well as public practice (federal, state, regional, county and municipal government agencies; university or college design or facilities services) and nonprofit organizations (community development groups; agencies dealing with self-help or home/work accommodations for people with disabilities; neighborhood and community advocacy groups).

The following career paths reflect specific positions pursued by recent interior design graduates from Iowa State University, and do not represent a comprehensive list of the possible career choices available to someone with an interior design degree. Please note that some careers require additional education beyond the bachelor’s degree.

  • Contract (commercial) design
  • Design project management
  • Facilities design and management
  • Furniture design
  • Health-care facility design
  • Hospitality design
  • Historic preservation and restoration (requires additional education)
  • Interior design business management
  • Interior illustration or photography
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Lighting design (requires additional education)
  • Office systems design and sales
  • Product manufacturing sales
  • Residential design
  • Retail design
  • Sustainable and adaptive re-use design
  • Theater, movie or television set and scene design (requires additional education)
  • University or college teaching, research and administration (requires additional education)

Places of Employment

Students have been employed as interior designers, space planners, project managers, media and design consultants. Employers include:

3rd Story Scottsdale, Arizona
Amanda Reynal Interiors Des Moines, Iowa
Architects Schipper Kastner Des Moines, Iowa
BH Management Des Moines, Iowa
Boat’s Home Furnishings Pella, Iowa
CallisonRTKL Dallas, Texas
Corgan Associates, Inc. Dallas, Texas
Custom Granite & Stone Ankeny, Iowa
Damon Liss Design New York City, New York
DB Developments, Inc. Libertyville, Illinois
Distinctive Designs for Kitchens and Baths Springfield, Illinois
Dreamscape Home Builders West Des Moines, Iowa
Fredman Design Group Chicago, Illinois
HGA Architects & Engineers Milwaukee, Wisconsin
HNI Corporation Muscatine, Iowa
Homemakers Des Moines, Iowa
IA – Interior Architects Dallas, Texas
K. Renee Home Des Moines, Iowa
Koch Brothers Inc. Des Moines, Iowa
Kris McViker Des Moines, Iowa
Leiht Restoration (2) Ames, Iowa
Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. Marion, Iowa
MBH Architecture San Francisco, California
NELSON Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pigott, Inc. Des Moines, Iowa
RDG Planning & Design Des Moines, Iowa
Saxton Inc. Des Moines, Iowa
Scott Rice Office Works Lenexa, Kansas
Simonson and Associates, L.L.C. Des Moines, Iowa
Steffen Furniture Spencer, Iowa
Streetsense Washington, District of Columbia
Tiffany Brooks Interiors Chicago, Illinois
Vivid Home Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ware Malcomb Chicago, Illinois
Workspace Inc. Des Moines, Iowa
Yaeger Architecture, Inc. Overland Park, Kansas

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