Interior Architecture is the specialized area of building design encompassing the architectural and furniture content of the interiors of buildings. Someone practicing IA is qualified by education and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of people's built environment. On the technical side, it includes knowledge of structure with emphasis on interior construction, knowledge of building systems, equipment, components and related codes.
The primary difference between Architecture and Interior Architecture is that the practitioners do not design buildings from the ground up. IA focuses on the re-use of existing structures and their subsequent transformation into new space and/or form.
This is a portion of a description of an adaptive reuse/ renovation project found on www.dornob.com. I think it really helps describe Inarc Studio’s thoughts on adaptive reuse and renovation projects:
“The project was less about how to remodel what was there and more about introducing a new architectural layer and language, weaving it in with what was left on the property…”