TheInterior Architect forms part of theprofessional design team and where possible should be included from thebeginning stages of the property design. The Interior Architect will work closely with the rest of theprofessional team (ie: architect, engineer etc.) to ensure your project has asolid design concept, which is carried through to fruition.
Interior Architects are oftenmisrepresented when referred to as an Interior Decorator; when choosing theservices of an Interior Architect,you are investing in the structural knowledge of the designer as well as in theoverall physical beauty of your space, rather than only the soft furnishings(such as sofas, curtains etc.) However, there is a distinction between Decoratorand Designer, as listed below.
Interior Architects emphasises onPlanning, Functional design and effective use of space. An Interior Architect can undertake projects that include arrangingthe basic layout of spaces within a building as well as projects that requirean understanding of technical issues such as acoustics, lighting, temperature,etc. An Interior Architect is a specialist inmany types of interiors, these include residential design, commercial design,universal design, exhibition design, spatial branding, etc.
Theterm Interior decorator suggests a focus on selecting the ornamental and themovable aspects of the interior such as the colour, furniture and furnishings.
Ahelpful way to make the distinction between an interior decorator and Interior Architect is that decoratorscan work within the walls of a room, while a designer has the ability to movewalls.