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Architecture at the heart of interior design

The expert responsible for articulating the interior of a building is called an “Interior Architect” (IA) because Architecture is at the heart of her work:  to create a beautifully articulated space within a building, she shows intimate comprehension of and respect for the architect’s project.

Architecture on a human scale

Thus, the IA completes an interior architecture out of light, colour and materials, as well as out of stone and plaster.  The space she designs is intelligent, imbued with an atmosphere and a clear identity.  At the same time, the IA resolves conflicts arising from the constraints of the architecture and the variety of materials and furnishings required by the room.  Finally, she works on a human scale, illustrating how people will move through the space, solving social and practical problems related to the activities that will take place there.

Space is beautiful

In a well thought-out interior, the materials, the wall and floor coverings flow beautifully from the project; interior decoration remains a fluid part of it all.  Space is not cluttered with “design”:  it is alive, and should flow and invite movement.

WHAT DOES AN INTERIOR ARCHITECT DO ?

You may not have heard the expression before.   Here is a partial list of the IA’s responsibilities:

- Designing the entire interior of a building, or redesigning your living room
- Fitting out the space (moving walls, changing angles and openings)
- Choosing fixtures and equipment
- Designing furnishings (wall coverings, floor coverings, lighting solutions, textiles)
- Doing colour research and graphic design
- Developing signage
- Dealing, as a technical expert, with the concrete issues that arise on the worksite.

Her work is upstream from that of the interior decorator or “designer” – she is often on site during the construction of the building; she can either “do it all” or work with the other design professionals at the end of a project.

For more information about interior architects, visit the French Interior Architect Council.

THE PROCESS: WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE PROJECT ?

1. Needs analysis: Appointment on-site
Meeting with you to discuss your project, your desires and your expectations.

2. Preliminary design phase: on- and off-site
Measurements on site.
Preparation of color layouts, sketches, and images which will provide the foundation for your project.

3. Project management phase: on- anf off-site
Meeting during which you inspect and sign off on completed work (project acceptance).

PARTIAL MISSIONS – SHORT MISSIONS

Special intervention on a project

Examples :

- Development of the preliminary project without site supervision
- Creation of detailed layouts + research on materials
- Interior decoration and furnishings consulting
- Creation of signage for small or large shops                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           – Research on furniture and furnishings

Whatever the mission (complete or partial), a contract will be drafted and signed.