The Emergence of Interior Architecture

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Issue Vol. 6 No. 2 (2023)
Published Jul 25, 2023
Section Articles
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Submitted : Mar 4, 2023 | Accepted : Jun 1, 2023


Less than a century has passed since the creation or at least the use of the term interior architecture. Although interior architecture had existed before and was considered an inseparable part of architectural work, some developments and changes became the basis for the formation of interior architecture and, as a result, its appearance independently of architecture. The main impact of these developments in the independence of interior architecture can be traced to the 19th and 20th centuries when the field of two specialisations of the same family, interior decoration and interior design emerged. This article aims to take a step towards understanding what interior architecture is by understanding the origin or emergence of this speciality. Therefore, in this research, firstly, the background of the emergence of interior decoration and interior design is discussed, then why and how interior architecture appeared is investigated and analysed. The methodology of this research is interpretive-historical and the findings are expressed using graphical methods in the form of flow charts, timelines, and diagrams. In the conclusion of this research, a conceptual model is presented to explain the impact of the emergence of these three specialities on each other.

Keywords: interior decoration, interior design, interior architecture, emergence, formation

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Darbandi, M., Imani, N., & Rahimzadeh, M. (2023). The Emergence of Interior Architecture. Interiority, 6(2), 249–266.
Author Biographies

Maryam Darbandi, University of Art, Iran

Maryam Darbandi holds a PhD in Architecture with a thesis titled Theoretical Foundation of Interior Architecture from the University of Art in Tehran and a master’s degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Tehran. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Art, teaching courses in interior architecture. She is a researcher in the field of interior architecture, focusing on theoretical aspects such as the nature and identity of interior architecture and its relationship with neighbouring fields, as well as practical areas such as flexible house design and the influence of culture on interior architecture.

Nadieh Imani, University of Art, Iran

Nadieh Imani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Architecture at the University of Art in Tehran. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tehran. Her teaching and research focus on the history of Iranian architecture, interior design, theories of architecture and interior, and research methodology.

Mohammadreza Rahimzadeh, University of Art, Iran

Mohammadreza Rahimzadeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Art in Tehran. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tehran with a thesis focused on the origins of architecture. His teaching and research revolve around theoretical and philosophical aspects of architecture and the history of Iranian architecture.


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