A career in interior architecture – My day in the life of…

 In Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Design

Most people know what an architect is. They design buildings right? But when I mention that, as well as being an interior designer, I have a career in interior architecture – it sometimes leaves people scratching their heads as to what that actually means.

An interior architect has many plates to spin (sometimes literally!). I have to consider what is beautiful and practical but also understand the structure of a building in order to make it functional and safe. The challenge is to bring harmony between these two.

I’m always balancing the technical specifications of a project with a visually pleasing aesthetic. And most important of all; to design a home that suits a clients individual lifestyle. In short, it’s creating that ‘home sweet home’.

My days can be so varied as every project we work on is tailored to the specific needs of the client. I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect. Maybe you are thinking of it as a career? or perhaps just plain old curious…

I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect

8.00am – Arrive at office

 

Our team of five architects have arrived early to discuss the day ahead (over good strong coffee of course!). This meeting is a chance to update one another with regards to today’s on-going projects.

 

10.00am – 1.00pm First Client appointment – in our office

 

Our office is centrally located in Cannes, in the hustle and bustle of the Rue d’Antibes – so we find most clients are happy to come to us (of course, we are also happy to meet on site if necessary).

Today we are showing clients previously approved building plans of a villa renovation brought to life through CAD (computer-aided design). This 2D illustration of the proposed build gives our clients a clear vision of what the work is going to look like from a structural and layout point of view. It can be quite daunting for clients when major work is happening in their new home – so we always make sure they feel comfortable at all stages. Good communication with our clients is vital at every step so that they are happy to proceed with our proposed plans. Great news all round today – as they are happy with the changes we made.

Most people know what an architect is. They design buildings right? But when I mention that, as well as being an interior designer, I have a career in interior architecture – it sometimes leaves people scratching their heads as to what that actually means.

An interior architect has many plates to spin (sometimes literally!). I have to consider what is beautiful and practical but also understand the structure of a building in order to make it functional and safe. The challenge is to bring harmony between these two.

I’m always balancing the technical specifications of a project with a visually pleasing aesthetic. And most important of all; to design a home that suits a clients individual lifestyle. In short, it’s creating that ‘home sweet home’.

My days can be so varied as every project we work on is tailored to the specific needs of the client. I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect. Maybe you are thinking of it as a career? or perhaps just plain old curious…

I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect

8.00am – Arrive at office

 

Our team of five architects have arrived early to discuss the day ahead (over good strong coffee of course!). This meeting is a chance to update one another with regards to today’s on-going projects.

 

10.00am 1.00pm First Client appointment – in our office

 

Our office is centrally located in Cannes, in the hustle and bustle of the Rue d’Antibes – so we find most clients are happy to come to us (of course, we are also happy to meet on site if necessary).

Today we are showing clients previously approved building plans of a villa renovation brought to life through CAD (computer-aided design). This 2D illustration of the proposed build gives our clients a clear vision of what the work is going to look like from a structural and layout point of view. It can be quite daunting for clients when major work is happening in their new home – so we always make sure they feel comfortable at all stages. Good communication with our clients is vital at every step so that they are happy to proceed with our proposed plans. Great news all round today – as they are happy with the changes we made.

Most people know what an architect is. They design buildings right? But when I mention that, as well as being an interior designer, I have a career in interior architecture – it sometimes leaves people scratching their heads as to what that actually means.

An interior architect has many plates to spin (sometimes literally!). I have to consider what is beautiful and practical but also understand the structure of a building in order to make it functional and safe. The challenge is to bring harmony between these two.

I’m always balancing the technical specifications of a project with a visually pleasing aesthetic. And most important of all; to design a home that suits a clients individual lifestyle. In short, it’s creating that ‘home sweet home’.

My days can be so varied as every project we work on is tailored to the specific needs of the client. I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect. Maybe you are thinking of it as a career? or perhaps just plain old curious…

I hope that ‘my day in the life of’ will give you more of an idea of what I do as an interior architect

8.00am – Arrive at office

 

Our team of five architects have arrived early to discuss the day ahead (over good strong coffee of course!). This meeting is a chance to update one another with regards to today’s on-going projects.

 

10.00am 1.00pm First Client appointment – in our office

 

Our office is centrally located in Cannes, in the hustle and bustle of the Rue d’Antibes – so we find most clients are happy to come to us (of course, we are also happy to meet on site if necessary).

Today we are showing clients previously approved building plans of a villa renovation brought to life through CAD (computer-aided design). This 2D illustration of the proposed build gives our clients a clear vision of what the work is going to look like from a structural and layout point of view. It can be quite daunting for clients when major work is happening in their new home – so we always make sure they feel comfortable at all stages. Good communication with our clients is vital at every step so that they are happy to proceed with our proposed plans. Great news all round today – as they are happy with the changes we made.

1.00pm – Office lunch with my clients

 

We have a great sushi place that delivers to our office and our local bakery offers delicious sandwiches. My clients have opted for sushi (my favourite!) Time to down tools, eat, relax and get to know my clients a little more…

 

2.00pm ish – 4.00pm – Working in the office and travelling to next meeting

 

With two or three projects running simultaneously, this is an ideal opportunity to catch up with phone calls and alter architectural plans which need updating. Today, an unexpected visit, from a supplier who’s dropped in, not always convenient on a busy day like today!

1.00pm – Office lunch with my clients

 

We have a great sushi place that delivers to our office and our local bakery offers delicious sandwiches. My clients have opted for sushi (my favourite!) Time to down tools, eat, relax and get to know my clients a little more…

 

2.00pm ish – 4.00pm – Working in the office and travelling to next meeting

 

With two or three projects running simultaneously, this is an ideal opportunity to catch up with phone calls and alter architectural plans which need updating. Today, an unexpected visit, from a supplier who’s dropped in, not always convenient on a busy day like today!

1.00pm – Office lunch with my clients

 

We have a great sushi place that delivers to our office and our local bakery offers delicious sandwiches. My clients have opted for sushi (my favourite!) Time to down tools, eat, relax and get to know my clients a little more…

 

2.00pm ish – 4.00pm – Working in the office and travelling to next meeting

 

With two or three projects running simultaneously, this is an ideal opportunity to catch up with phone calls and alter architectural plans which need updating. Today, an unexpected visit, from a supplier who’s dropped in, not always convenient on a busy day like today!

4.00pm – Site meeting for a new build (a villa in Valbonne)

 

Once on site, I meet our site manager Jean-Paul for a progress update. We have a long and trusted working relationship with JP and all our site managers who co-ordinate a multitude of workers. Day to day, the site manager’s role is to coordinate the carpenters, electricians, plumbers, cabinet makers and marble craftsmen amongst others. We walk through the villa room to room and then have our meeting. As I am on site today, this is an ideal opportunity for JP and the other tradesman to ask me any questions that require me to oversee their work or proposed work. My role as interior architect is to make sure that the work adheres not only to stringent technical standards but also to the client’s original vision. Meeting over, everyone is more or less happy, back to the office…

 

5.30pm – Back in the office

 

Time to catch up on emails, calls and look at the schedule for the next few days and plan ahead for tomorrow.

4.00pm – Site meeting for a new build (a villa in Valbonne)

 

Once on site, I meet our site manager Jean-Paul for a progress update. We have a long and trusted working relationship with JP and all our site managers who co-ordinate a multitude of workers. Day to day, the site manager’s role is to coordinate the carpenters, electricians, plumbers, cabinet makers and marble craftsmen amongst others. We walk through the villa room to room and then have our meeting. As I am on site today, this is an ideal opportunity for JP and the other tradesman to ask me any questions that require me to oversee their work or proposed work. My role as interior architect is to make sure that the work adheres not only to stringent technical standards but also to the client’s original vision. Meeting over, everyone is more or less happy, back to the office…

 

5.30pm – Back in the office

 

Time to catch up on emails, calls and look at the schedule for the next few days and plan ahead for tomorrow.

4.00pm – Site meeting for a new build (a villa in Valbonne)

 

Once on site, I meet our site manager Jean-Paul for a progress update. We have a long and trusted working relationship with JP and all our site managers who co-ordinate a multitude of workers. Day to day, the site manager’s role is to coordinate the carpenters, electricians, plumbers, cabinet makers and marble craftsmen amongst others. We walk through the villa room to room and then have our meeting. As I am on site today, this is an ideal opportunity for JP and the other tradesman to ask me any questions that require me to oversee their work or proposed work. My role as interior architect is to make sure that the work adheres not only to stringent technical standards but also to the client’s original vision. Meeting over, everyone is more or less happy, back to the office…

 

5.30pm – Back in the office

 

Time to catch up on emails, calls and look at the schedule for the next few days and plan ahead for tomorrow.

Our interior architect team consists of five women and one man, (all with strong characters!) and all extremely passionate about our work. We are dedicated to the needs of our customers but we also like to have fun, who doesn’t?

Designing homes is hard work and can be intensive at times but also brings so much joy to peoples lives. We love nothing more than revealing the finished project to our clients and witnessing their first reactions. From open-mouthed surprise to tears of joy.

Till the next time…

Geraldine & Pia xx

Our interior architect team consists of five women and one man, (all with strong characters!) and all extremely passionate about our work. We are dedicated to the needs of our customers but we also like to have fun, who doesn’t?

Designing homes is hard work and can be intensive at times but also brings so much joy to peoples lives. We love nothing more than revealing the finished project to our clients and witnessing their first reactions. From open-mouthed surprise to tears of joy.

Till the next time…

Geraldine & Pia xx

Our interior architect team consists of five women and one man, (all with strong characters!) and all extremely passionate about our work. We are dedicated to the needs of our customers but we also like to have fun, who doesn’t?

Designing homes is hard work and can be intensive at times but also brings so much joy to peoples lives. We love nothing more than revealing the finished project to our clients and witnessing their first reactions. From open-mouthed surprise to tears of joy.

Till the next time…

Geraldine & Pia xx

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  • Camilla
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    Really good insight into this type of work. Not much on line so great information, thanks!

    • Geraldine
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      Thanks for your comment. Happy you found it useful.

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