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Interior Architecture and/or Interior Design?

mcb1019

Hi there! So recently, I have become interested in architecture...as well as interior design. I really like the idea of building something through my own ideas and creativity. There is this freedom of expression and creativity that I would love ​to be able to experience as an architect and interior designer. I have done some research trying to figure out the difference between the two, but there never really seems to be one true answer. So...I have some questions. They will be listed below...Thank you! 

1. Can I be both an architect and interior designer?

2. What is the difference between an architect and an interior designer?

3. What is the difference between an interior architect and an interior designer?

4. What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?

5. Which is a more "useful" major...architecture, interior design, or interior architecture?

6.  Am I able to major in architecture and minor in interior design?

7. Is having a Masters Degree in Architecture necessary? Or is a Bachelors Degree good enough?

8. How many years does it take to become an architect? Likewise, how many years does it take to become an interior architect? How many years to become an interior designer?

9. How much physics and math is used in architecture on a daily basis? How difficult is it?

10. What is the daily life of an architect? What is the daily life of an interior designer? 

11. Should I become an architect first, and then an interior designer? Or vice versa?

12. Is becoming an interior architect and designer too limiting? Would I be able to find a decent job in California?

13. What firms do you think are best to work at as a beginner? Which firms are the "top dogs" in California? Which is better to work at, a small firm or a big/large firm?

14. Lastly...why does it seem, through my research of different architects, architect teachers, architect firm bosses/CEOs, that most of them are male? I may be wrong. Are there as many females in the architecture field as there are males? If not, why? Is architecture considered a "man's job"?

Wowza. Sorry for the overwhelming amount of questions :/ ! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, it is a lot (maybe too much). There is, of course, no need to answer everything, any information is extremely useful!! 

Thank you so very much!

M

 
Feb 6, 15 12:34 am
midlander

The distinction between these careers isn't always clear-cut, and I think there is some disagreement over the use terms Interior Architect and Interior Designer. This is my understanding which might be incorrect in parts. I am an architect who works with outside interior designers occasionally.

Architect - Trained to design and oversee construction for a building and all of its components, including interior spaces. The training includes an understanding of building codes, structural systems and life safety. Architects can and do design interior spaces, but often on larger projects the interior design will be performed by a separate team who are more specially experienced in this work. Architects require a license to practice in every state, and the requirements are quite strict. It requires an accredited degree, internship, and examinations - typically takes from 8 to 10+ years from the start of study to get the license.

Interior Architect - Actually a type of architect who focuses on interior design work. They have the same background and training as an architect and understand building codes and construction. Some have a background in interior design separate from architecture, but some start out as architects and simply focus on interiors during their work. They tend to work on projects like Hotels, Office Tenant Space and Retail Shops where the focus is on creating functional interior spaces with a trendy or distinctive image. On new construction they work closely with the building architect - on renovations they are the lead architect.

Interior Designer - Not all states recognize this as a licensed profession, meaning it doesn't have the same standard education and training as architecture. There are voluntary certifications that demonstrate a certain minimum of education and training. At the top end, interior designers are professional designers who consider functionality and technical coordination with lighting, climate control, etc and who can work closely with an architect when needed to get a project built.

Interior Decorator - As far as I know there are no licenses or certifications for this, anyone can decide to provide interior decoration services without any qualification. Since they have no training in planning or construction they tend to be focused on selecting finishes and furniture for spaces as built.

To answer your first question, a person can be both an interior designer and an architect; and this is actually quite common.

If you want to get more information you should contact interior designers or firms that you admire. Some of the big firms that provide commercial interior architecture / design services include Gensler, HOK, RTKL, SmithGroup. There are many many others, you should look through design magazines to get a sense who they are and what the work they do is like.

On men/women in architecture: It's a noted problem in architecture that men greatly outnumber women, especially in more senior positions. Do a search on this site - there were a few thoughtful discussions and feature articles about this last year.

Feb 6, 15 2:33 am
natematt

^the number disparity isn't really that significant in non-senior positions.

Feb 6, 15 12:25 pm
Non Sequitur

interior architect is nothing more than interior design trying to re-brand itself. Enjoy placing drones in cubicle farms and arguing over fabric patterns.

Feb 7, 15 1:09 pm
manibytes

yes, you are right Non sequitur , i am realy satisfied for your  answer.

interior architect is nothing more than interior design trying to re-brand itself. Enjoy placing drones in cubicle farms and arguing over fabric patterns. http://www.kanzinteriors.ae

May 3, 17 6:39 am
Non Sequitur

Great promo for your own decorating business!

willemvandeweert

i'm missing product designer in these options.

i'm an interior designer from the Netherlands and i love designing furniture and custom designs.

my opinion is in fact that creative minds can be active in all of these practices.

May 10, 17 5:05 pm
lmaedgen

I have a degree in Interior Design, and I took some architecture courses as electives, including a graduate course in the History of Architecture, at UT Austin.  In the architecture classes, 90% of the students were men; in the interior design classes, 90% were women, but this was in the late 1980s in Texas, and things may be different now or in different geographic locations.  My roommate (from Hong Kong) while there was the prima donna of the architecture department, but he would ask me for help when he had to design a kitchen space.  I got the idea that architects like to design monument to their egos (at least some do) and are primarily concerned with how the building looks from the exterior.  Again, not all architects are like this, but there are plenty who are.  The exceptional architects will consider the interior architecture to be as important as the edifice.

After getting my degree in Interior Design, I got a job at a furniture company, and after a period of time, I was able to become part of the design team, and I gave up on having a career in ID.

May 15, 17 7:18 pm
Beehelp
  • Interior architecture is the balancing of the art and science of designing an interior space taking into account all elements of the build. However, a designer with training in interior architecture cannot call themselves as such unless they have the professional accreditation from an architectural body.
  • Interior design is a broad ranging profession taking into account all aspects of planning and designing interior spaces in the built environment. The role of any two interior designers can vary greatly.
  • Interior decoration is concerned solely with the decoration or ‘art’ of a space including soft furnishings and color schemes.
Jun 12, 17 10:45 am
Nats

An interior designers specialise in interior spaces - colours, materials, furniture. An architect specialises in creating buildings - form, space, use. Architects can create interiors though not usually as well as interior designers. Interior designers cant usually create buildings.

Just ask yourself what do you really want to do and then do it. But note that architecture can be not massively creative for many people who get stuck in a cad role, and interior design is very creative but very limited in scope - you wont be responsible for the space and form of the space a lot of the time as that will come from the architect.

Architecture is far larger enterprise and you need to be able to handle leadership, stress and responsibility for some very big projects sometimes for many months, interior design is generally much smaller but with a faster turnover of work I presume.

Aug 9, 17 7:28 am
miladesign

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.                                     Here in Miami interior designers are very important , they are working with architects and interiors designers are respected it s a real job .

www.milainterior.com  

Aug 11, 17 10:22 pm
Nats

I had never even heard of the term 'interior architect' before this post. How can someone be an 'interior architect'? Makes no sense.

Sep 15, 17 4:47 am
Non Sequitur

int arch is a weak rebranding attempt some int des schools are trying to make stick. I guess they were tired of hearing that int des is a lesser field than arch so instead in order to keep students ignorant, they rebrand the discipline. Hurray!

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