Posted by Paul Malo on March 20, 2002 at 05:48:49:
In Reply to: Re: What is Architecture? and LA? and Art? and ID? and City Planning? posted by Hope Nelson on March 19, 2002 at 23:44:05:
I'm not aware of "Interior Architecture" as a field. Architects do many things, including interiors, but I don't know of any professional degrees or registration of interior architects. If you want to be an architect, you get an architectural degree and professional registration as an architect (at least here, to my knowledge).
In New York City and, I suppose, some other large urban areas many architects do much interior work. An apartment can cost millions of dollars, so clients take interior redesign very seriously. Sometimes the architect works with an interior designer, since the latter may be more regularly involved with the minutia of decorating, if the client wants that service, as some do (even to selecting objets d'art for table tops--architects rarely care to go shopping for tid bits).
I don't know what "interiorscaping" is. What we called "office lanscaping," perhaps? Here there are firms that sell components for offices and provided in-house design services.
There are also some very capable interior design firms that provide commerical design services for a fee, rather than deriving income from a commission on materials sold to the client.
I'd advise architecture as a basic program. You can shift out of architecture into other things if you wish, but the reverse is more difficult. You may find that architecture is more substantial than interior design, which we architects at least regard as rather lightweight and fluffy--mostly concerned with appearances, being rather cosmetic. When you discover the more solid design issues underneath, you may not want to stay on the surface.
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