It’s amazing how often we find that people have misconceptions and a general lack of understanding of what an interior architect really is: a qualified, highly skilled professional with a broad scope of detail knowledge. Specialist who can ensure your property is designed to maximise it’s full potential.
Often conflated or confused with an ‘interior designer’, an interior architect is something quite different A specialised degree is needed to even use the title. It also requires an immense amount of in depth knowledge of technical elements married along side aesthetic skills.
Interior architecture is so much more than colour schemes and decorative finishes it’s the science and art of designing an optimal interior space that provides ergonomically special solutions.
To achieve this, an interior architect must have in-depth knowledge of the structural and technical elements of an interior space that underlie and inform its surface appearance. They must take account of the internal structure, services locations, such as SVP, waste, and water, and produce detailed working drawings that can be used by contractors on site. They will also produce specifications and costings of interior fittings and finishes, as well as, of course, colour schemes.
Therefore, one of the key distinctions of an Interior architect in comparison to an interior designer is the stage at which they become involved in the process of a new build or renovation. As an architect would be involved in the very conception of a built environment, so is an interior architect – with a specific focus on the maximising the interior layouts. Interior architecture therefore encompasses all aspects of interior planning, detail designing and completing optimal interior within the architectural structure of the building.
Inevitably, properties and spaces that have benefitted from the involvement of an interior architect will excel in the layouts, quality, finish, usability, and aesthetic appeal, well designed properties have a more salable appeal. This equates to increase returns on investment; therefore, to an investor and/or developer, an interior architect is truly invaluable.