Interior architecture as career combines both architecture and interior design, as the name suggests. If you choose a course on interior architecture, you study both, including knowledge on how the space within an office, hospitals, institutions and all are to be used sensibly and aesthetically. Interior architecture is a field that has been evolving and growing over the years, and with the advent of new technologies, materials and techniques, the growth has been boundless. As interior architecture concentrates on two different niches – architecture and interior design, you will have to learn a lot about old buildings and new, the different ways to preserve them, knowledge of building codes, sufficient computer knowledge as you would have to draw computer models and learn about the different architectural and design styles of different periods.
Job duties of an interior architecture professional
Taking up a course on interior architecture would prepare a candidate on the basics of safety, aesthetics and functionality of a building. While they get sufficient training on checking the durability of buildings, they also get knowledge in the proper usage of materials, light and colour.
An interior architect would make judicious use of space in a home or private building and design the same according to the interest of the client.
In their job, the architect would have to confer with various other professionals, including other interior designers and collaborate with them.
The architect must also be aware of the building codes in the area he is practicing in, as well as federal, state and local building regulations too.
Character traits of an interior architect
Architects hold one of the most influential positions in the society. It is the duty of the architect to bring together science, arts, technology and environmental awareness under one umbrella. Hence, the role of an architect is so diverse; so here are the character traits of an interior designer:
- Ability to critically analyse problems
- Pay attention to detail and at the same time have the ability to see the bigger picture
- Keep abreast of the environmental concerns in an area and build a genuine interest in them
- Excellent communication skills
- Above average imagination and creative capabilities
- Lateral thinking capabilities because you would have to face complex issues
- Practical understanding of building materials, structure, other elements
Depending on the state you are residing in, you need to pass an architect registration exam. You would have to be recognized under the South African Institute of Architects (AIA) as well.
Requirements for becoming an interior architect
You can get an entry-level job in any architecture and design firm if you complete a 4-year degree course. The most favoured degree course is Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. However, it depends on universities. Certain universities have a degree course in interior architecture and a different degree course in interior design. Generally, a four-year degree course must be followed by two years of internship in any reputed firm before you try for a permanent level position.
Once you complete the course, you will have a superior understanding of architectural engineering and possess commendable design skill set. You will know how to scale the structural elements like floors, walls and staircases and engage them to scale other elements in the room and the room itself. During the course, you will also learn about the different problems and their creative solutions and the persistent societal and functional challenges in the process.
Once you finish your courses
Once you complete a professional certification, you will have to work as an intern or complete even a series of courses to become experienced and professionally qualified. You need to create an impressive portfolio so your résumé would look complete and attractive when you apply for a job.
The average pay for a Senior Interior Designer is AU$39.86 for an hour or AU$71870 yearly and for an Interior Designer, it is AU$25.49 per hour or AU$50829 yearly.