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Skills Acquired by an
Interior Architecture & Design Student

Architects essentially deal with spaces - they effectively manipulate space to accommodate the (human) activity that is to take place there.

An interior architect is more concerned with the interior spaces and focuses on how it is meant to be inhabited, how it will be used and what will be the experience while using it. The aesthetics involved in Interior Designing are a bit more nuanced than those pertinent to exterior composition. So, students are trained to explore and discover creative solutions to optimise the interior built environment. Many a time the user knows what they want as an end product, but need assistance in how to achieve it and convert a vision into visuals. Interior Architecture and Interior Designing demands having knowledge of, but not limited to, an understanding of function, knowledge of aesthetics and an understanding of materials, products, textures, fabrics, colour, lighting and other factors that go into creating the atmosphere and mood of specific environments.

The skills developed by a student while pursuing a course in Interior Architecture and Design  at IIAD would adequately equip him/her to work across various platforms like :-

  • Residential Design (homes, apartment complexes, community living complexes, etc.)
  • Workplace/Office Design (offices and commercial workspaces)
  • Commercial Space Design (malls, multiplexes, hotels, etc.)
  • Institutional/Public Space Design (educational institutions, hospitals, museums, airports, etc.)
  • Temporary Exhibition Design
  • Set Design (Film & Theatre)
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Design
  • Project management for Real Estate projects
  • Visual Design for Interior Designing Companies

The two vital skill sets that a student would be adept at after graduating in a course in Interior Architecture and Design from IIAD are :-

a. How to think space (how to visualise it and manipulate it)

b. How to achieve it - Virtually (as a drawing, mock up etc.)

        - In Reality

In addition to these skills, an IIAD graduate in Interior Architecture and Design will also develop the skill to communicate the idea to the client, contractor, onsite worker, etc.

Students of Interior Architecture and Interior Designing will certainly develop their faculties in and graduate with the following abilities : -

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisational and creative problem solving skills
  • Negotiation and management skills
  • Great communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to manage your time, meet deadlines and work within a budget
  • Working knowledge of materials and technology available in the industry, including but not limited to :-
    • Construction details
    • HVAC and other mechanical services
    • Plumbing
    • Fire-fighting
    • Material Handling
    • Tensile Structures
    • Elevation and Façade Development
    • Interior Landscapes
    • Two-point and Three-point perspective
    • Isometrics, Axonometric and Ergonomics
    • Display Systems
    • Bill of Quantities (BOQ) and Tendering
    • Advanced IT skills – Word, Excel, Website development, etc.
    • Drawing skills, especially perspective drawing and spatial awareness, architectural drawing (Plans, Sections, Elevations), model making
    • Spelling / grammar / numerical competency / research
    • Adobe Indesign & Photoshop, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Building Information Modelling (BIM) software such as Vector Works, 3D Modelling software such as SketchUp

Additional skills like photography, wood work, metal work, calligraphy etc., are encouraged as per the aptitude and interest of the student. The creative and cultural industry are the focus of Interior Architecture and Interior Designing students at IIAD (as opposed to other conventional architecture courses) and they have the option of branching out into separate specializations such as lighting design, theatre set design, visual merchandising and museum and exhibition design, to name a few.

Some key words which constantly define the profession are Scale (human), Dimension, Function, Light & Shade, Material, Zones, Textures, Culture and History

IIAD Graduate Attributes

A Typical Process for a Project in the Industry

  • Discussing the requirements of the project, commonly known as ‘the brief’, with clients, colleagues, contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Planning what methods and materials will most successfully meet the requirements of the space set out in the brief.
  • Providing an accurate schedule detailing when certain stages of the project will be completed.
  • Providing an accurate cost for the entire project.
  • Researching around the project and providing sketched examples and/or ‘mood boards’ to discuss with the client.
  • Using industry software to create working designs, models and plans for the space.
  • Sourcing materials for fittings, furniture, lighting and styling required for the project from vendors.
  • Working closely with quantity surveyors to discuss and agree on costs and scheduling.
  • Working with architects, other design professionals and contractors to establish any potential problems at an early stage.
  • Working with the construction team to ensure the design is followed.
  • Supervising the project from concept to completion to ensure the brief is met on time and within budget.

All the skill sets enumerated above have been incorporated into the curricula with an awareness of industry-needs. Our project-based learning approach ensures that real life assignments and projects, as the one listed above, do not come as a surprise for the students. Our teaching methodology and comprehensive curricula ensure that students are adequately equipped to manage the rigours and demands of the design industry once they graduate from the Interior Architecture and Design programme at IIAD.

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