Interior Design vs Architecture

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A Comparative Study Between The Practices Of Interior Design And Architecture And A Discourse On The Professionalization Of Interior Design

Interior Design and Architecture
Interior Design is considered a generally young profession. Throughout history, the differences between architects, builders, designers and other professionals involved in building a structure has been decidedly blurred and drawing the line between all the disciplines involved has been a rather recent occurrence.
The practice itself, has of course, always been around. From the moment early man decided to live in caves on mountainsides and figured out where the best place to build a hearth was and where to position the sleeping area, they, in theory, were
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In most commercial and office buildings, vendors are assigned more-or-less uniformed spaces within an already existing structure. It is within the role of an interior designer to manipulate the space in order to fill the need of the client while working within the parameters of the building. A rectangular room can become a chic fashion boutique, a interesting antique store or a dentist's office. The interior designer can completely transform a space within a building without changing or damaging the structure itself.
An interesting way of looking at these two closely related professions is if we see the architect as the conductor of an orchestra, responsible for making sure that all the elements of a building; the materials, structural design, plumbing, wiring all come together harmoniously to create a functional symphony. While the role of the interior can be seen as the first violinist or concertmaster, usually considered as the leader of the orchestra, responsible for the melody and technical flourishes needed to create the appropriate mood to the symphony. The interior designer's role in the orchestra that is building a structure that fulfils it's function is one of technical expertise combined with creativity and excellent communication skills required to derive opinions from clients and effectively suggest ways and materials that will aid in creating a space that satisfies the client's aesthetics, the purpose of the space and of course, safety

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