Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments


The principles and best practices of sustainable design are more than just buzz-words: they’re marketable skills that are essential to the design industry today. 

The MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments (MPS-S) is a post-professional program structured to prepare design professionals to assume leadership roles in developing and maintaining sustainable interior spaces that will positively impact the world. All classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends, and you can enroll full-time, part-time, or study online with live classes delivered via video-conferencing. 

For more information, contact David Bergman, MPS-S Program Director.



"Sustainable Design is at an evolutionary point in its development, a point at which it has gone from a siloed and appended afterthought aspect of design to an almost fully integrated part of it. And with that evolution has come an evolution in the way it is taught. Where it once was an isolated, perhaps elective, course or two, it, too, has become integrated, though more so in some programs than others. That raises some intriguing questions for a program such as ours that is specifically about sustainable design."

Read a Q&A with David Bergman, MPS-S program director


Intended for those working in the design or architecture professions, the program provides students with a thorough grounding in the best practices in environmentally informed designs for the interior. Students become knowledgeable on topics tested by the LEED and WELL exams. Upon completion of the MPS-S program and with further study and experience, students are in a position to sit for LEED AP and WELL AP Accreditation — two highly sought-after credentials.

Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, research methods, integrated design development methodologies, and sustainable project management practices. Course work addresses the history and theory of sustainability, principles of sustainable materials, natural and artificial lighting and control systems, and integrated environmental systems design. It also covers indoor air quality as well as green textiles, furnishings, and decorative elements. The program includes two studio courses designed to integrate acquired knowledge and research while exploring both residential and nonresidential environments.

  • The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis

  • All classes are in the evenings and on weekends

  • The program is offered onsite and online (live classes delivered via videoconferencing at set class times)

  • Requires a degree in interior design, architecture, engineering, or a closely related field and an advanced portfolio

Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments Curriculum
(30 Credits, based on full-time study)

  • 725 History & Theory of Sustainability in the Interior Environment (2 credits)
    726 Principles of Sustainable Design in the Natural Environment (2)
    728 Designing the Green Interior (2)
    736 Materials & Finishes for the Sustainable Interior (2)
    742 Sustainable Studio I — Residential environments (4)

  • 733 Sustainable Soft Goods (2)
    738 Constructing the Green Interior (2)
    743 Sustainable Hard Goods (2)
    749 Environmental Systems for the Sustainable Interior (2)
    752 Sustainable Studio II — Contract Environments (4)

  • 734 Principles of Daylighting (2)
    744 Lighting Controls and Systems Technology (2)
    748 Maintaining the Green Interior (2)


Students may choose elective from both undergraduate or graduate course offerings with approval of their advisor. No core BFA studios may be used as electives.

Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments Faculty

New York School of Interior Design is a great learning institution because of its faculty. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring practical and theoretical experience from their professional lives.

Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments Advisory Board

Bill Browning, Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green, LLC
Robin Guenther, Principal, Perkins + Will
Campion Platt, Architect and Interior Designer, President, Campion Platt Interiors
Robin Reigi, Architect and Interior Designer, Owner, Robin Reigi Inc.
Susan Szenasy, Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis