If Ai represents all human knowledge to date then it should be able to take over my job here right? So just for grins I had a brief conversation with Chat GPT regarding this rather narrow topic. To wit;


My son is 15 years old and is addicted to home remodeling shows on HGTV and he is constantly painting or rearranging his room. He really likes interior design but I really do not know much about interior design and what career opportunities that it offers. Can you help?

Certainly! Interior design is a field that offers a wide range of career opportunities. Here are some potential career paths for someone interested in interior design:

  1. Interior Designer: This is the most common career choice for those interested in interior design. Interior designers work with clients to create functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. They may design residential or commercial spaces, such as homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, or retail stores. They work on space planning, color schemes, lighting, furniture, finishes, and other elements to create cohesive and visually appealing interiors.
  2. Home Stager: Home stagers are responsible for preparing homes for sale by creating appealing and inviting interiors that can help sell the property faster and for a higher price. They work with real estate agents and homeowners to enhance the visual appeal of a home by rearranging furniture, adding decor, and improving the overall aesthetic of the space.
  3. Set Designer: Set designers are responsible for creating the look and feel of sets for TV shows, movies, theater productions, and other productions. They work closely with directors, producers, and other members of the production team to create sets that enhance the story or message being conveyed on screen or on stage.
  4. Kitchen and Bath Designer: Kitchen and bath designers specialize in designing functional and attractive kitchens and bathrooms. They work with clients to determine their needs, create design plans, select materials, and oversee the installation of fixtures, cabinetry, and other elements.
  5. Furniture Designer: Furniture designers create unique and innovative furniture pieces for residential and commercial spaces. They may work for furniture manufacturers, design firms, or as independent designers, and are responsible for creating furniture designs that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and marketable.
  6. Lighting Designer: Lighting designers are responsible for creating lighting plans that enhance the ambiance and functionality of interior spaces. They work with architects, interior designers, and electrical engineers to design lighting layouts, select fixtures, and create lighting effects that complement the overall design of a space.
  7. Interior Decorator: Interior decorators focus on the aesthetics of interior spaces, selecting and arranging furniture, accessories, and decor to create visually appealing environments. They may work independently or in collaboration with interior designers, and often work on residential projects.
  8. Design Consultant: Design consultants provide expert advice and guidance on interior design projects, helping clients make decisions on color schemes, materials, finishes, furniture, and other design elements. They may work on a freelance basis or as part of a design firm, and may specialize in specific areas of interior design, such as sustainable design or historic preservation.

These are just some of the many career opportunities available in the field of interior design. It’s important to note that formal education and training, such as a degree in interior design or a related field, may be required or highly recommended for some of these career paths. Encouraging your son to explore different areas of interior design and gain relevant education and experience can help him determine which career path aligns with his interests and goals.


Wow okay I had no idea that “interior design” encompassed so many career options. I noticed you did not mention interior architecture. I have a friend who tells me that is an option for my son. Can you explain?

Certainly! Interior architecture is a specialized field within the broader realm of interior design that focuses on the architectural aspects of interior spaces. It involves designing and planning interior spaces with a focus on the structural and spatial elements, as well as the functional and aesthetic aspects of the space.

Interior architects often work on projects that involve significant structural modifications or renovations to existing buildings, or they may collaborate with architects and other design professionals in the design of new buildings. They are responsible for creating interior layouts, space planning, selecting and specifying materials, finishes, and fixtures, and overseeing the construction and installation process to ensure that the design vision is realized.

Interior architecture is a multidisciplinary field that requires a strong understanding of architectural principles, building codes, and construction methods, as well as a keen eye for aesthetics and a deep understanding of human behavior and how it relates to space. Some potential career opportunities within the field of interior architecture include:

  1. Interior Architect: This is the most common career path within interior architecture. Interior architects work on a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial, hospitality, and institutional spaces. They collaborate with clients, architects, and other design professionals to create functional and visually appealing interior spaces that meet the needs of the users and comply with building codes and regulations.
  2. Space Planner: Space planners are responsible for analyzing and optimizing interior spaces for efficient use and functionality. They work with clients to determine their requirements and objectives, and develop space plans that maximize the use of available space while considering factors such as traffic flow, ergonomics, and accessibility.
  3. Adaptive Reuse Specialist: Adaptive reuse specialists focus on repurposing existing buildings for new uses, while preserving their historic or architectural significance. They work on projects that involve converting old buildings, such as warehouses, factories, or historic structures, into functional and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces that meet the needs of the new intended use.
  4. Retail Store Designer: Retail store designers specialize in creating interior environments for retail spaces, such as boutiques, showrooms, and department stores. They work on store layout, fixtures, lighting, signage, and other elements to create an attractive and functional space that enhances the shopping experience for customers.
  5. Hospitality Designer: Hospitality designers focus on creating interior spaces for hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other hospitality venues. They work on designing functional and visually appealing spaces that meet the unique needs of the hospitality industry, such as guest comfort, branding, and customer flow.
  6. Workplace Designer: Workplace designers create interior environments for offices, corporate settings, and other workspaces. They work on space planning, furniture selection, lighting, and other elements to create productive and efficient workspaces that meet the needs of the employees and the organization.
  7. Healthcare Designer: Healthcare designers specialize in creating interior spaces for healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, and medical offices. They focus on creating environments that are functional, safe, and conducive to the well-being of patients, staff, and visitors, while complying with strict regulations and standards.

Interior architecture is a dynamic and rewarding field that offers a wide range of career opportunities. It typically requires formal education and training in interior architecture or a related field, and professional licensure or certification may be required in some cases. Encouraging your son to explore interior architecture as a potential career path can be a great way to channel his passion for interior design into a specialized field that aligns with his interests and talents

Hmmm….I am not sure what to think of all of this. Certainly a lot to unpack here……TO BE CONTINUED.

4 responses to “I STAND CORRECTED”

  1. Let me correct you one more time. There is no such title as interior architect. To use such a title is to hold oneself out as an architect without a license or registration. It is illegal to do so. Ask any architects state registration board in the country.


    1. No I will not let you. When did I ever say it was okay to call oneself an Interior Architect in the USA….when one is not a registered architect? Please show me when and where.


      1. Wow! So defensive! Why even ask AI the question then if it’s something you don’t support. You’ve mentioned Interior Architect in a lot of your blogs so the question is why? It doesn’t exist so why even bother to mention it? As someone who has been on the front lines of interior design regulation for more years than I care to remember I’m tired of even seeing the term. It doesn’t exist. It will never exist. Let it go. All there is are interior designers and architects. Nothing else.


  2. Damn straight I am defensive when people jump to irrational conclusions about my posts. If you think that the term Interior Architecture and the title “Interior Architect are not a factor in how a certain cadre of interior designers consider themselves then you haven’t been paying attention. Why don’t you sic your semantics dog on the numerous interior design programs that have adopted the title of interior architecture?

    You CCIDC’ers have a knack for not understanding my irony one, and two, my perspective on ID Regulation and titles. Or maybe you just like to get my goat….But hey I’ll play. Since you failed to answer my question above I will help you out. Early on in the never ending debate as to what “Interior Design” is and who can be an “Interior Designer” I simply proffered the idea that what IDEC, CIDA and CIDQ are really creating over time are in fact more interior architects than they are interior designers. My opinion…..that is all it is. I am fully aware of the legal implications of any U.S. citizen laying claim to and using the title “architect” in any form. If you do not understand that then I know California has a lot of sand you can go pound,

    Ultimately I do not think “Interior Designer” adequately captures the societal comprehension of what it is that a CIDA accredited education and an NCIDQ (oh snap I know you don’t like that acronym) vetted design professional is really capable of. But I am clearly in the minority as the majority of my peers still hold on to the belief that they can shift the societal understanding of “interior design” to fit their rather specific definition. Personally I find the stereotyping and misunderstanding of the professional realm of code regulated interior design exhausting.

    Just for further shits and giggles this just came to my attention;
    https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/ikea-launches-interior-design-service-cassina-acquires-zanotta-and-more-news. While I fully respect the ability of anyone working at Ikea to call themselves an Interior Designer I know that is not the interior design I have spent the past 40 years of my life promoting. Interior Architecture sounds better all the time.

    Finally Mr. Stead the entire premise of my Chat GPT query is a fairy tale. I do not have a 15 year old son and I was simply poking the intraweb to see what it knows about interior architecture.

    Geeesh I thought I took this stuff seriously.

    I am not a bot……or am I?


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