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Richard,Actually, I'm not opposed to it at all - including ID services (FFE) in my services. However, in my area with even the degree of architectural services I offer, most clients prefer to address that themselves. It seems even the clients who give me the longest leash still need to control something, to choose something on their own. This is truer today with online purchasing (don't cringe).
I agree with you about having a coordinated look, even down to the furnishings. I'd be open to learning how to approach this with clients and then offering it as an added service. We as architects do complain (about many things), but perhaps we are our own worst enemies.
I am also an architect who provides both Interior Design along with Architectural Design and have enjoyed the comprehensive process it provides. My opinion as to why other architects don't pursue this field is because most architects are not trained in this area. I received my first degree in Interiors and then decided to go for a Masters in Architecture. My studies in Interior Design involved lighting techniques, fabric compositions/uses, furniture design, historical interiors and space planning. There are no opportunities that I know of to gain this information in Architecture school. While anyone could go the self-educated route or learn on the job, many consider this direction not so interesting. I believe that our firm's integral approach to design has made a better end product.
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