Interior Designer

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The spaces in which we live and work are important to us. No one wants to be surrounded by drab, ugly wallpaper and furniture because these things affect our moods. Interior designers dedicate themselves to creating beautiful and functional indoor spaces. They are experts in dealing with elements such as colour, texture, shape, and size, and they use this knowledge to create attractive home and work environments.

Interior designers are hired by clients that want to re-design or design (if the space is new) their houses or buildings. For houses, some popular rooms to get an interior designer for are living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or bathrooms, but that’s not all they do. Interior designers also Restaurants, banks, business offices, and doctors’ offices are other examples of spaces interior designers transform. Even automobile and aircraft manufacturers rely on designers’ skills to make the most of limited spaces.

Client

Interior designers must have good communication skills whether it is through e-mail, orally, text. Communication is necessary because their client is first priority and interior designers must consult them for to satisfy their visions or needs for the design project. With the client’s vision in mind, the interior designer will start brain storming for ideas for what to do. This first starts of with taking measurements, photos, and looking at blueprints of the project space. This allows the designer to see if anything will affect their design in mind. For example, a designer who wants to knock out a wall in a kitchen must first make sure that its removal will not cause a collapse. To make sure that projects run smoothly, designers must have a thorough understanding of building codes and permit requirements.

Design 1 This is an image of an interior designer’s proposal sketch.

Clients may then receive a sketch or computer image of what the room will look like once the proposed changes are made. Designers include paint, wallpaper, carpeting, furniture, and other material samples in their proposal. Finally, when a design concept is accepted, designers keep track of the budget and project timeline and coordinate the painters, tilers, movers, and others who make the changes.

EDUCATION

Interior designers must need at least a high school diploma. In most provinces, designers also need to be certified by the provincial interior designers’ association. To become a certified designer, one has to complete an accredited college or university interior design program (either a 2 to 3-year diploma or a 4-year bachelor’s degree). Programs vary, but typically include instruction in the history of design, colour theory, lighting, sustainable design, drafting, computer-assisted design (CAD), and general business and marketing practices.

Next, you must acquire a certain amount of entry-level experience under the supervision of a fully qualified interior designer. Essentially, this is almost like apprenticeship because the concept is the same. Specific requirements vary by province, but approximately 6 or 7 years of combined education and work experience is generally needed. It’s a good idea to contact the interior designers’ association in your province for specific requirements.

The final step to becoming a fully certified interior designer is to write a certification exam. This exam is administered twice a year by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Sources: Career Cruising

Here are some before and after pictures of interior design work.

Architectural Associations & Organizations

Associations & Organizations that are specialized in architecture are considered non-governmental organizations, or NGOs for short.

“Non-governmental organizations play an increasingly important role in international development. They serve as a funnel for development funds both from individual donors in wealthy countries and from bilateral aid agencies. Development-oriented NGOs, which have existed for centuries, have played a growing role in development since the end of World War II; there are currently 20,000 international NGOs. This paper argues that the strengths of NGOs and their weaknesses easily fit into economists’ conceptualization of not-for-profit contractors.” Key concepts include:

  • Strengths of the NGO model produce corresponding weaknesses in agenda-setting, decision-making, and resource allocation.
  • The increased presence of NGOs can be explained by 3 factors: a trend to outsource government services; new ventures by would-be not-for-profit “entrepreneurs”; and the increasing professionalization of existing NGOs.
  • As NGOs increasingly produce their own funding and develop their own professionalized class, it is appropriate to expose them to greater market forces beyond donor preferences.
  • The use of aid vouchers allowing beneficiaries to purchase private goods and services is one tool for introducing more market forces.

 

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A few Canadian associations are:

What these associations and organizations have in relation is their goal to regulate, represent, support, and promote architecture. Some may even give the members benefits such as special training to increase one’s knowledge, experience, and job opportunities.

For more associations and organizations (including international ones) click here.