How to Decide Between Hiring an Architect or a Designer
SimonLong / Getty Images The big question is: What's the difference? You want a new home from top to bottom, so who do you hire--- An architect? An interior designer? Or both?Few people realize that many designers have some knowledge and training in architecture, similarly, many architects have knowledge and training in design. While both these professions revolve around home and building design, there remain some skills that necessitate the hiring of one over the other.Here we will outline all you need to know, helping you decide whether it's a designer or architect that you need to call. Michael Robinson / Getty Images
What Do Architects Do?The best way to know who to hire is to first know what each professional does. Here is an outline of the key tasks and job responsibilities of an architect (see below for Interior Designers):
- Architects design ALL types of buildings---not just homes. Hospitals, hotels, churches, commuter stations etc. are commonly on an architects to-do list
- After communication with all those involved, the architect(s) will draw up plans for your design, usually with a computer-aided model
- They then closely supervise as a construction firm takes over to build said design
- Their designs incorporate function, form, safety and needs of the future owners
- Their designs incorporate both beauty and functionality
- Architects have strong mathematical and logical thinking, ensuring a stable, sound structure
What Do Interior Designers Do?While many people believe interior designers have a single-minded skill-set that revolves around making things pretty---they are sorely wrong. Here is an outline of the key roles that interior designers play:
- Interior designers are professionally trained in space planning for ALL types of buildings including, hotels, homes, office spaces, hospitals etc.
- After consultation with the client(s), they create renderings/drawings of designs that are both functional and aesthetic for the interior space
- Once design is approved by the client, the designer then creates the space.
- Sometimes the space can be created through simple allocation of fabrics, paints and furnishings while other times it may require a more intensive remodel whereby construction contractors are hired
- Their designs incorporate both beauty and functionality, while maintaining safety through adherence and knowledge of building codes and safety
- Interior designers have strong spatial skills along with a myriad of aesthetic design skills