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New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design prepares aspiring interior designers and working professionals to be leaders in the field by providing a focused and immersive interior design education drawing upon expert faculty, innovative approaches, and close industry relationships.



Interior design has evolved over the past century, and the New York School of Interior Design—which was founded by architect Sherrill Whiton 100 years ago—has changed along with it. In 1915, during a slowdown in the building industry, Whiton conceived the idea of a Home Study Course in the Decorative Arts. 

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Library services

The Library at the New York School of Interior Design is one of the only educational collections devoted to the practice and profession of Interior Design in the United States. A full-time librarian has been on staff at NYSID since 1964, and the library sits in its third space during that time. Both library services and collections have grown significantly over the years.

Student Life

Campus life

Located at 1760 Third Avenue at 97th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this is a welcoming, eco-friendly residence that is a home away from home for more than 1,000 New York City students. This 18-story residence, with one floor devoted exclusively to the New York School of Interior Design, features high-quality amenities, state-of-the-art technology, and designer interiors. The building is just steps away from excellent restaurants and shopping, as well as the famed Museum Mile, Central Park, and is two blocks from the 96th Street/Lexington Avenue subway station. With 24/7 security and a trained live-in staff, residents are secure and comfortable. 

Student clubs

  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization devoted to interior design, with a membership of 30,000. The members of NYSID’s large and active student chapter take tours of residential design firms, hotels, and showrooms, and participate in activities that complement academics and build professional networks.  
  • NYSID’s Contract Club arranges visits to top-tier commercial interior design firms, including such names as Gensler, HOK, and Kravet Inc. Recently, the club hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of the interiors of Radio City Music Hall with architect Hugh Hardy. 


NYSID is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, the BFA and the MFA-1 program are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is the sole accrediting agency for postsecondary interior design programs.

New York City, New York, United States

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