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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.

2014 Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

WorkDesignNow: Case Studies on the most Recent Projects

WorkDesignNow is a new research roundtable discussion, and case study report that looks at recently completed projects that exemplify the best of workplace design. Conducted by Workspace Design Magazine, This program will bring together industry practitioners to fully explore the goals, workplace challenges, and solutions driving modern corporate design decisions.

Upcoming Events

  1. EV305 AIA Interior Architecture Roundtable

    Friday, May 15, 2015, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    United States
  2. FR402 AIA Interior Architecture Awards

    Friday, May 15, 2015, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))

Significant Interiors

Significant Interiors features award-winning interiors by notable architecture and design firms. Members of the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community have selected 55 projects based on criteria of creativity and innovation. This publication presents selected projects in a fresh, reader-friendly format. Winning projects are featured with detailed commentary, plans, captions and color photographs. Buy the book now.

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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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Materials Matter to AIA Members

Click on the image below to take our survey and make your voice known.
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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

Latest Discussions

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    Research on sustainable flooring

    Posted in: Interior Architecture Committee

    Dear Interior Designer or Architect: I am a Master's student in Interior Design at the University of Oklahoma and I am conducting research about the use of sustainable flooring in hospitality practice....

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    Designing and Installing Waterproof Tiled Showers with Curb Appeal

    Posted in: Interior Architecture Committee

    There are many options when designing and installing a waterproof shower. However, it is critical to ensure the end product is leakproof, installs quickly and easily, meets the customer's budget,...

Latest Blogs

  • A. Lira V. Luis AIA

    Rebuilding as a Redefining Moment (Updated 102514)

    Interior Architecture Committee

    "For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”. ~Aristotle As an architect, most of my experiences are heavily rooted on learning from direct... more

  • Annie Chu AIA, NCARB, IIDA

    An Interview with Billie Tsien

    Interior Architecture Committee

    An Interview with Billie Tsien, AIA Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects By: Annie Chu Principal, Chu+Gooding Architects Professor of Interior... more

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