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What is an Interior Architect?

By Veronica c. Van der Neut

Interior architects, though often grouped with interior decorators, take on a bigger task than making a room or building aesthetically pleasing. Their expertise is interior.

Why would an architect work in the interior?

They take into account what is practical and beautiful, but they must also understand the structure of a building in order to make it safe and functional. Interior architects usually are degree holders and certified in their career field.

Interior architects specialize in designing and building interiors for safety, functionality, and aesthetics. It is important that interior architects not only understand the durability and strength of building materials, but also be skilled in the use of light, color, and textures in a space.

They, better than anyone else, pay attention to the details. In creating plans for a space, they take into account interior construction, lighting, and furnishings. Interior architects must also be aware of federal, state, and local building regulations so their designs are up-to-code.

Interior architects are typically part of the building or remodeling process from beginning to end. They understand better your living necessities.

Hiring an Architect or a Designer?

After you’ve made a decision between an architect and designer, you have to find one to work with. Ask family, friends, and neighbors you trust for recommendations. Then look at their last few jobs and listen to their ideas.

Veronica c. Van der Neut is an interior architect, and you can contact her at or


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