100 Years of Interior Design, 1916-2016

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Founded in 1916, New York School of Interior Design has been leading the study of interior design for a century. What began as a handful of students in a single course of training is now a thriving nonprofit, accredited college offering certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs for students at all stages of their careers.


We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary with series of events and initiatives throughout the year that pay tribute to our rich history, our role in the development of the field, and the great opportunities for the future. We look forward to you taking part in the celebration.

TIMELINE: View a complete timeline of the New York School of Interior Design to learn more about the history of the college.

Special events include:

Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition

March 4 – April 29, 2016

The celebration of our 100th anniversary began with an exhibition of work from our esteemed alumni. More than 30 alumni, established designers as well as recent graduates, will show the continuity and evolution of interior design. A wide range of projects for living, working, playing, and healing celebrates the diversity and complexity of the profession. Learn more.

2016 Annual Dinner: Celebrating 100 Years of Interior Design

Thursday, March 10, 2016

NYSID honored Ellie Cullman with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award; Deborah Nevins with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design; Jamestown L.P., Michael Phillips, president, with the Green Design Award; and James P. Druckman with the NYSID Centennial Medal at its annual benefit dinner on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at Cipriani 25 Broadway—The Cunard Building. NYSID trustees Alexa Hampton, interior designer, and Newell Turner, editorial director of Hearst Design Group, served as benefit co-chairs. Read about the event and see photos here.

The Evolution of Interior Design: Alumni Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm

In conjunction with Interior Design Today: Alumni Exhibition this panel discussion brought together four NYSID alumni to discuss their experiences working in different disciplines and types of firms and the evolution of the interior design profession. Panelists include Mariette Himes Gomez, founder and principal at Gomez & Associates; George Marshall Peters, interior design at Pamela Banker Associates; Erika Reuter, senior interior designer, HOK; and Therese Virserius, founder and principal of Virserius Studio. The discussion was moderated by alumna Becky Button, principal at Gensler. Watch the video of the panel discussion here.

NYSID Student Centennial Projects

Now through summer 2016

Teams of NYSID students are redesigning the student lounges at 170 East 70th Street and the Graduate Center on Park Avenue South as a centennial gift to the College. The student teams will be guided by NYSID alumni and faculty advisors and their final designs will be selected by prominent industry professionals in May 2016. For further information on the project including sponsorship opportunities please contact Karen Higginbotham at khigginbotham@nysid.edu.

New York School of Interior Design – 100 Years of Interior Design, 1916-2016

This publication is an overview of the history of the New York School of Interior Design, covering its major events, initiatives, and academic milestones. It will also consider the evolution of the interior design industry over the past 100 years and how the college has changed along with it.

The Home of the Future

September 30 - December 3, 2016
NYSID’s post-professional MFA students have been tasked with designing the home of the future. Contemporary visions of the future described in books, movies, and television are full of scarcity, harshness, and oppression. This home will serve as an antidote to these dystopian visions. The students will design for the future living in NYC – a future incorporating technology-fueled innovation, sustainability as second nature, and where space is at a premium – all while supporting the iconic concept of the home as a refuge and source of comfort. 

Symposium -- Interior Design: The Essential Profession

Friday, October 7, 2016

This is the first annual symposium on the state —and the future—of interior design. “Interior Design: The Essential Profession,” will be a full day of presentations and discussions highlighting the ways in which interior design functions in today’s dynamic global environment, and the contributions of interior design to public health, hospitality, urban environments and the contemporary interdisciplinary collaboration. International experts will discuss the intersection of interior design with other disciplines.

Learn more about the symposium.