Interior Architect - How A Child's Cream Became Reality!

My blog DailyAlice has been around for almost 2 years now and for about the same time I have my Instagram account @lilli.beyer, on which I post almost daily on the topics of fashion and lifestyle. I don't tell much about my job because I can't share a lot because of confidential agreements with most of the clients. But that's exactly why the demand from many is high and I thought to myself I would answer the most frequently asked questions in a video for you! [Video is only german]

All Questions & Answers From The Video In One Go:

How did you come to be an interior designer?

Already at the age of 9 I loved to play the computer game "The Sims". Most of the time I was just building and furnishing houses and not really playing with the Sims at all! At some point I started buying interior design magazines and recreating the houses in them in the Game. At some point this led to the fact that I redesigned my children's room quite often - I had a lot of fun with new colors, rearranging furniture or asking my parents for new decorations. So I wanted to do this as a profession at some point - and that has not changed since then.

How did you start making your dream come true?

Because I was certain of what I wanted to do so early on, I prepared myself for it when I was still at school. I did internships whenever I could and always tried to get good grades so that I could study. I did an internship with an architect and two with interior designers when I was at school, and that only strengthened me. When I had my Abitur in my pocket, I went straight to looking for a suitable university and prepared my portfolio / application folder, as well as making a drawing course.

Where did you study and how was it?

I studied interior design for a total of 4 years, i.e. 8 semesters at the Trier University of Applied Sciences (you can find a list of other study places for interior design in Germany below) and did my Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) In 2019. Incidentally, my bachelor thesis was also awarded as the best work by the Association of German Interior Architects (BDIA). You can view my Bachelor thesis here. My application for my job here.

[INFO] You can only study for 6 semesters, but then a 2-4 semester master is necessary in order to be accepted into the Architektenkammer. Also important for admission to the AK is a subsequent 2 years of professional experience, as well as courses that must be taken after completing the degree for further education in all performance phases.

Studying in Trier is very practice-oriented and for the most part a self-study. That means, you have to have a lot of self-discipline and certain organizational skills in order to get through this as stress-free as possible!

We also had courses in the in-house wood and metal workshop, in which we learned how to use carpentry tools, welding machines, milling machines and 3D printers. This knowledge not only helped when designing and building your own furniture (2nd & 3rd semester), but also when building models.

So if you have two left hands in terms of craftsmanship, you should think twice about starting this degree.

This broad range of practical knowledge gave me a good overview and showed me, for example, that furniture design is absolutely nothing for me * laughs *

Whats the difference between Interior Architecture & Interior Design?

An interior designer deals with the holistic design of rooms, room concepts and also technical planning, such as built-in furniture, lighting planning (not included in the study) and intelligent floor plan solutions, as well as the composition of materials, color and shape.

In order to be allowed to call yourself an interior designer, a degree of at least 6 semesters must have been completed with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Engineering, with subsequent 2 years of professional experience and registration in the Architektenkammer of the respective federal state.

An interior designer (at least in Germany) is a kind of interior decorator. Anyone who wants to can call themselves a designer and it is not a protected term like "interior architect". The interior designer is often active in an advisory capacity but also in planning and selecting materials / furniture / decoration, but is not trained / able to intervene in the building structure. An architect, structural engineer or interior architect must be consulted for this. No studies are necessary for this profession, an education or just the skills and an affinity for design are sufficient.

Where are you working now and why in Ireland?

Let's start with: Why Ireland? Quite simple: My boyfriend Lukas got an amazing job offer and since we didn't feel like a long-distance relationship, I followed him right after my studies! But we won't stay here forever - Ireland is basically just a career starter.

I am currently working in Dublin for Henry J Lyons - a large architecture and interior design firm with around 300 employees. The interior design/architecture department is quite small here and there are only twelve of us.

We work with many well-known corporate customers such as Google, LinkedIn, Hubspot, KPMG and many more. All these large tech companies are based here in Dublin due to tax advantages and often set up their European headquarters here, which we then design. For this reason, however, I am never allowed to share anything with you, as everything is strictly confidential.

That sounds a lot more exciting than it is - I mainly design open-plan offices, meeting rooms, canteens and lobbies.

Most of the time, as a job starter, I'm not even allowed to design, but rather execute designs.

However, I have to say that I am also incredibly proud of what I have been able to do and what I learned here in Dublin so far. I never would have thought that I would one day make office space for a client like Google and work in English!

My plan for the future looks a little different.

What do you love most about your job and what is your plan for the future?

What I love most about my job, of course, is designing and, in the end, seeing how something new can be created out of something old or out of nothing. What appeals to me most is already existing buildings, which one then completely renovates and creates something completely new! It is also so important that we use what is already there and not just tear down and build new. This is simply a waste of resources!

My dream is, on the one hand, to work in the private sector, i.e. to plan houses and apartments for private customers, and to design (boutique) hotels and restaurants in the commercial sector.

Do you currently also accept private / advisory assignments?

I am happy to advise you privately on your apartment or house, but due to my main job I can only advise and not implement holistic planning with you.

If you have any questions, please write to me through or contact me using the contact form here on the blog.




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