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The Interior Architecture Knowledge Committee is committed to advancing the practice of Interior Architecture by providing its membership with resources to elevate their professional practice and design excellence.  The IAKC serves to facilitate a national dialogue that addresses a range of key issues, including innovative design and programming, the incorporation of sustainable materials and technologies, and the social, cultural, and spatial impact of architecture on human experience.  The IAKC seeks to address national issues with regional sensitivity, providing a platform for its membership to share knowledge, gain expertise, and form collaborative relationships with industry peers and allied partners.

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Members' Soapbox

Questions of Connectivity

by Jeffrey Daniels, AIA

In an ideal world there would be very little distinction between architecture and interior design. The interiors of a building would be developed with the same principles as the exterior concept. Unfortunately, in the modern era there’s been a growing tendency to put everything into classifications. When you take this together with the inevitable issues of time, budget, liability, marketing and specialized expertise, they all conspire to keep those two worlds artificially separate. In our office we try, whenever possible, to use a hybrid approach where the architecture and the interiors of our projects are part of one continuous iterative process. Needless to say, this requires a high level of vigilance on the part of the architect and, of course, significant support from the client.

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2015 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

The awards program draws attention to the broad diversity of interior architecture. 
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Members' Soapbox

Have something to say about Interior Architecture?

The Interior Architecture Knowledge Community is issuing a call for entries for a new feature on the IAKC Knowledge Net website, the “Members’ Soapbox”. We welcome contributions which will promote dialogue among our members, whether by raising issues, offering opinions, highlighting projects, or sharing experiences. Our hope is to see what you have on your mind about the state of Interior Architecture today. Keep it short, (800 words or less,) but visuals are encouraged, (just not too big - 500KB max.)

Send your submissions for review to, with the subject line “Members’ Soapbox” and we’ll post the best on our website for all to read.



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An Interview with Billie Tsien, AIA
Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
By: Annie Chu
Professor of Interior Architecture: Woodbury University
The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors awarded the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, who blend exquisite care for detail with subtle, reverent architecture that's both timeless in its abstracted, meditative forms and materially specific to context and place. The AIA Architecture Firm Award, given annually, is the highest honor the AIA bestows on an architecture firm, and recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years…

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects respect the Modernist legacy of orthogonal, functional minimalism, but place it in a wider context of earthen, material richness. A married team of architects that have been working together since 1977 and formed their New York City–based practice in 1986, Tod Williams, and Billie Tsien have used the intervening decades to design a celebrated portfolio of overwhelmingly public cultural and institutional buildings: university facilities, libraries, museums, etc.  As such, their design language embodies the idealized traits of the body politic: contemplative, enlightened, humble, eloquent, granular, and diverse in its individual details, but unified in purpose and intent. It's a tactile Modernism where the form persists, but the experiential palette of sight and touch deliver the subtlest murmurs of geographic and cultural specificity.  "Mr. Williams and Ms.Tsien practice a kinder, gentler Modernism with an enormous sensitivity to materials and textures, and a particular affinity for crafts," wrote the Wall Street Journal's Ada Louise Huxtable, Hon. AIA.


Read the full interview with Billie Tsien.

Read our previous interviews with Lauren Rottet / Clive Wilkinson / Todd DeGarmo / Rand Elliot

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