Interior Architecture involves the design of interiors of buildings, their layout and space planning, fitting, technical and structural resolution, furnishing and decoration, and the preparation of all technical drawings and written documentation, necessary for the carrying out of the work.
The design work of Interior Architecture includes domestic, commercial, leisure, retail, educational and healthcare interior projects. Interior architectural design encompasses many types of interiors and utilises accompanying skills, innovation, creativity, communication and team work.
About the Course
Interior Architecture is specific to a building’s interior. It stands at the intersection of Architecture, design of the built environment, sustainability, and conservation. Unlike interior design, it is architecture within the confines of an existing building. As such, the course requires a level of technical competence to compare with that of the architect, as the responsibilities to the client and community are similar.
The core of this programme is the design studio where skills in design and representation are integrated with mastery of content from other modules. The emphasis is the development of strong design and analytical skills in a studio-based environment.
This course examines contemporary practice in interior architecture and teaches you about our architectural heritage, how buildings work, and how to create high quality spatial experiences.
At CIT, Interior Architecture covers the spectrum of industry specialisms. It involves the initial design and plan for use to accommodate a changed purpose, or a significantly revised design for adaptive reuse of the building shell. It considers structural adaption, sustainable redevelopment strategies, use of light, air movement, ventilation, horizontal/ vertical circulation, and servicing. The practice of Interior Architecture responds to multiple user needs and a wider social responsibility.
Modules in the award stage of the Honours Degree will include a comprehensive Design Project, as well as research which will provide the student opportunity to focus and develop an expertise in an area or Buidling Typology.
Formal work placement (minimum of four weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 3. The work placement will familiarise the student with work practices and procedures and provide him/her with the opportunity to observe the practical application of theoretical knowledge gained on his/her programme. The placement is supported by a member of academic staff in CIT together with a workplace mentor. The aim of the industrial placement is to introduce the student to structured employment in a relevant work sector and to develop the student's understanding of the organisation, its procedures and technology.
This course is accredited by the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA).
Attractive postgraduate opportunities at Master’s and PhD level in allied disciplines are available in Ireland and abroad.
How much of your time is devoted to studio/project work?
Approximately 50% of time is devoted to studio and project work.
What is the difference between Interior Architecture and Architectural Technology?
Interior Architecture includes aesthetic design of all interior aspects of a building. Architectural Technology can be described as technical design.
Am I qualified as an Interior Designer?
This programme is designed to graduate candidates who will practice in Interior Architecture which includes interior design.
When Alan graduated in 2017 he had already secured a job in Dubai with Eire Gulf Contractors. There is a huge amount of construction and development ongoing in the UAE with plenty of opportunity for great experience/ collaboration with the biggest companies in the world. Alan really enjoys the entire experience, both professionally and socially. He applies all the skills he gained throughout the Honours Bachelor’s Degree in CIT in everyday work life. His projects include office headquarters, apartments, fit-out, refurbishment, restaurants, and hair salons.
Since 2015, Emma has worked at the award winning Architectural Design firm Geiszler Architects in San Francisco, specialising in highend custom residential and commercial design.
As Project Manager, Emma's role takes her from project initiation to final completion working on client objectives, schematics, design development, bidding, construction drawings, permitting, and overall involvement throughout the construction phase of a project.
Her BSc (Honours) in Interior Architecture has provided her with the unique set of knowledge and skills necessary in achieving successful interior architectural designs.