Posted by steveA on August 13, 2003 at 07:07:17:
In Reply to: The Eternal Question posted by Kelly Ballentine on August 10, 2003 at 15:28:36:
My 2 cents: Most larger multi-disciplinary architectural firms have interior design departments. Some smaller architectural firms might also have one or two interior design people on staff. In the larger firms, interior design is often a discipline that is seperate from the architectural group, although they often will collaborate together. But just as often they are working on fit-outs of existing spaces with little or no interface with the architects. Projects can be as varied as doing a systems furniture layout and specification for a corporate client, to designing a lobby for a professional office, to selecting or even designing furnishings, to the development of color schemes for clients. In the smaller firm scenario, the interior designer's role is unfortunately often limited to picking fabrics and carpets etc. in an effort to support the architects. This is the traditional paths that you might consider. Related to that is to talk to the furnishing companies out there about either a sales position or a product design/development position. Once you are established within those circles, many more options will become available to you.
Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but those are the options I would go after in your shoes.
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