INTERIOR ARCHITECTS - WHAT THEY DO.
When I present my future career I often hear "is it money to be made in it?", "Why don't you just become an architect?", "Where can you get a job, what tasks can you do that an ordinary architect
Well, listen up. Architects have 5 years of education in understanding the house, exterior, interior and landscape. They are masters in the total process around house building. Don't get me wrong, I respect architects and their work. Their dream is to draw fantastic architecture, what we surround ourselves with in this big world. Architecture that fits into the environment, while it stands out - to the positive.
There is so much more than a few drawings to do in such a project. It contains countless hours of discussions, applications and amendments before the result is ready, and the construction can start. Customer satisfaction is important, and the city council must approve the project. Rules have to be followed. Technical regulations must be accompanied to the point. Because of this, a lot of an architects job today consists of applications, applications and applications.
How can an architect make the most of his/her time to work on what is relevant to their education and profession, while creating a consistent project at all levels? - By working with interior architects and landscape architects. They're professionals in their field. They have just as many years of education, the main difference is their specialisation in interior, or landscape, next to architecture. They also learn to draw houses, location in landscape and have weekly lectures on architectural history.
We, interior architects, immerse ourselves in the interior, the interior should be in line with the exterior to create harmony. Lighting, acoustics, materials, fixtures, furnishing, color psychology, desires and needs. We draw special solutions for needs and we listen to our customers' wishes while we inform them about the requirements and regulations one can't go outside.
In Scandinavia, we spend most of our time indoors, actually, on average, 90% of the time. Isn't that a good reason to invest in a professional who can help you to create the best out of the highest possible places you'll stay? Whether it's your home, school or workplace.
A well-planned room is a room where you feel pleasure. A room where you don't necessarily know why, but it feels good to stay there. We've all been in a room where we feel discomfort. Discomfort is more noticeable for the brain in terms of reaction, but you might not always be able to say why it is uncomfortable. It all has to do with lighting, colors, materials and acoustics. Interior architects are experts on these fields!
Then there is the question whether there is money to be made in it. Well, I think you can get far with high ambitions, also as an int.arc. I don't see that as a problem. Interior architects are slowly but surely regarded as equivalent to architects, the same goes for landscape architects - professions complement each other. Together we create detailed and highly professional projects. Several architects employ interior architects and designers of various kind for close cooperation.
Job satisfaction -> creativity -> exuberance - is money everything?