Interior Architecture is an in depth study of the space within a building enabling the learner to create an aesthetically pleasing environment which is both comfortable and efficient. Projects are commercially orientated such as shopping centres, offices, cinemas, airport terminals and restaurants. Domestic projects and refurbishments are also covered. The interior architect is a key contributor to the professional team and has to be able to work with architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers, building contractors and suppliers of products form the start of the project to its completion. Design flair combined with technical expertise is an integral part of the course. Technical drawings, model making, drawing up of contracts and the overall administration of the installation or construction are also included.
As per the IID application process, in order to be registered as an interior architect the applicant must be in possession of a Masters Degree in Interior Design from a registered Educational Institute.
Interior Decorating – Two types of courses are available
Interior Decorating focusing on soft furnishing with practical applications. This includes planning and making of cushions, lampshades, quilting, appliqué, patchwork and bedding. Planning and making of curtains, blinds pelmets, valances, swags & tails and keeping up with new trends. Upholstery – familiarising the student with the tools required in the industry, stripping, repairing and varnishing wooden furniture, recovering of fully upholstered furniture covering all springing methods, identification of fabrics suitable for upholstery use, measuring and quotation.
Interior Decorating courses of a more technical nature will include, understanding the needs of the client as well as the space. They are primarily concerned with the functional and decorative planning of the interior of a structure. Courses should introduce the student to the theory of interiors i.e. principles and elements of design, textiles, business practice and have a large practical component. Students will learn basic draughting techniques and have an awareness and understanding of the various layouts used in the building industry, plumbing layouts, electrical layouts etc. Interior decoration may include entering into building or supervisory contracts relevant to the responsibility of the decorator.
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