Can an interior designer become an architect?

4 August, 2021 Matthew Pepper 5

Answers (5):

    16 August, 2021

    Yes, but not easily. Interior designers often have trouble understanding the interdisciplinary nature of architecture and with the complex technical aspects of its applications. They also may lack a fundamental understanding of urban structures, zoning ordinances, and building codes that are designed to prevent problems.
    The best way for an interior designer to become an architect is by starting in architecture school as a design major. Aspiring architects have to learn how to think like an architect in tandem with learning architectural specifics. That general knowledge will likely be lacking in newcomers who only know what they've learned from working for someone else as an interior designer but don't have any other formal education background outside of that field.

    16 August, 2021

    It might be possible for an interior designer to become an architect if they majored in architecture in college, but it would require taking some additional classes and passing a test for these.

    If you watched the video "How Experienced Interior Designers Can Become Architects" then you can find more information
    Some people say that the difference between architects and interior designers is that architects use rules, measurements, standards and stuff to create what they design while interior designers use their creativity because they do not have any of the same rules or restrictions as architects.

    16 August, 2021

    I think they can, but you need to understand the difference.
    Simply put, an architect is a building designer who does not usually work on the construction of the project. Often times this person concentrates more on aesthetics and concepts over practicality. Interior designers are someone who works inside the home or building for its inhabitants to get a good feel for what is their cultural style, their likes and dislikes etc. They create spaces that are livable, usable and have personality through special colors schemes and design motifs that suit the client's needs as well as drawing from local or other regional influences.

    16 August, 2021

    Yes but beware the pitfalls.

    Most likely, to become an architect you need to 1) be proficient in design by hand, 2) have a great knowledge of building materials and construction methods 3) have a aptitude for three-dimensional thinking. These are hard skills that not everyone has, so it's best if you fulfill them before entering into the profession. However if interior designers are more your territory then realize each state has their own qualifications with different prerequisites for licensure such as work experience or additional coursework (usually at the undergraduate level).
    Information about specific licenses
    License Details: California Department of Consumer Affairs
    Licensed Title: Interior Design - Residential Licensed Category: Interior Designer Exchange

    16 August, 2021

    Unlike the profession of design architect, most interior designers do not have five or more years' worth of supervised experience. To become a registered architect in any state in the U.S., it is necessary to receive certification through one's respective board (or architectural exam)
    Additionally, it usually takes many years to learn and memorize all the legal code restrictions for each type of building-a process that is made easier by passing an examination upon completion. The architectural certification requirements are overseen by The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
    In order to be eligible for NCARB Registration as an Architect candidate, one must meet education prequalifications and then pass specific exams.