What are the transferrable skills between Architects and Interior Designers?

What are the transferrable skills between Architects and Interior Designers?


When you have spent a long time in education on one set path it can sometimes seem daunting to think about changing your career, but have you ever thought about utilising your skill set to change your role within the same sector?

Over the past few months, we have noticed that there has been an increase in the amount of our candidates that are utilising their Architecture skills in order to become Interior Designers and vice versa. We want to look at which skills are transferrable between the two roles and why so many people are taking the leap to change their Architecture career paths.

Finishing a degree in Architecture can be a lengthy process, but immensely rewarding. “Architect” is a relatively broad term and it can sometimes be difficult to determine what type of Architect you want to be, but that’s the beauty of it. You have lots of options!

According to Huffington Post, “Nearly 80 percent of workers in their 20s said they wanted to change careers, followed by 64 percent of 30-somethings and 54 percent in their 40s”. This is largely due to the shift in mind-set that when you go to university, you train in a sector that you will work in for the rest of your career; so if you are thinking of changing roles, you may not be alone! In addition, the rapid changes in technology are bound to have an effect on certain job roles and industries. On average, people change their careers between 3-7 times in their lifetime.


First and foremost, one of the essential skills an Architect needs is the ability to design and creatively problem-solve. When designing a building, as well as making it aesthetically pleasing, the building needs to be functional and fit for purpose.

Although not a necessity, Architects should have a basic knowledge of Maths in order to calculate square footages. In addition, an advantageous skill for Architects is to have a methodological and analytical approach to projects.

Finally, communication is a key skill in ensuring that you understand the clients brief, as well as managing the construction team.

Interior Designer

One of the key skills an Interior Designer should possess is to be creatively minded. Interior Designers are in charge of choosing colour palettes, furnishings, textiles and fabrics for a client, thus having the ability to be creative with a space to make it aesthetically pleasing is a must.

In addition, the capability to communicate is crucial to understanding the clients’ brief as well as explaining the brief to architects, engineers and contractors. Another advantage is to be organised and have an eye for detail. When managing a project you need to be able to organise your time efficiently in order to ensure that there is enough time to be creative and manage the project.

A basic knowledge of Maths is also advantageous in fully optimising the space available. Although you need to be creative and make the space aesthetically pleasing, it also needs to be functional to meet the client’s needs.

Overlapping skills

It is clear that many of the basic skills required to be an Architect and Interior Designer cross over. As long as you can demonstrate a creative flair, an organised approach, can communicate clearly and have a knowledge of maths; you have the core skills required to pursue a career change in either field.

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