Can you become an architect with an interior design degree?

4 August, 2021 Johnathon Serna 5

Answers (5):

    10 August, 2021

    Yes, it is possible. However, architecture and interior design are not the same profession. In many cases, a person with an interior design degree will pursue this route as their primary professional goal.
    In the case that a student completes both degrees in architecture and interior design, they will be well positioned for careers in two very different fields of work while still providing two options from which to choose after graduation. It gives them more flexibility when considering career choices with their art school degree alone; i.e., artist or architect/designer.

    10 August, 2021

    No, you can not become an architect with only a degree in interior design. Architecture is the practice of designing and managing buildings. Architectural work is diverse, encompassing a broad base of topics and scales from retail spaces to entire regions or cities. Architects should have knowledge and skills in areas like art, graphics, science, social sciences, construction trades and law as well as architecture--a skill set that usually takes many years to acquire. For this reason it can take 6-10 years for someone who starts school today to graduate with a professional license to do architectural work.

    10 August, 2021

    As of now, no. That does not make sense because an architect is someone who designs outside spaces and how they will be used. Interior design deals with what goes on the inside of a building and designing the experience people have within that space. However, to become a licensed architect (and this is a prerequisite), one must still have at least four years in full time study architecture from an accredited university or college.

    I find it difficult to understand why somebody would want to do interior design if their intention was to eventually work as an architect. An online article about becoming an architect mentions internships, volunteering experience before going into architecture later in life, school competitions.

    10 August, 2021

    Generally, architecture programs focus on design theories and project management instead of visual arts. Interior designers are usually required to have an architecture degree in order to become a registered architect.
    It's actually illegal for interior designers (who are not architects) to call themselves "architects" on their resume or business card. Make sure you investigate this requirement before investing time and money into a program that may no longer be able get the job done!
    Good luck with your search for the right school and remember that it isn't enough just to take classes - practice makes perfect when becoming an architect.

    10 August, 2021

    Yes. There are a number of specializations that an Interior Designer can go into, such as hospitality design or hotel design in order to be able to work on hotels, restaurants and other places where people spend their leisure time.
    Also, buildings are always experiencing remodeling or reconstruction at some point so the talent and skills learned by those with interior design degrees find wide use. Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible for someone with a degree in interior design to become an architect however they will need additional training and education because the scope of study does differ slightly between the two professions.