Dates: February 18 — March 2, 2019
Locations: Qpractice online
An interior designer comes up with incredible, innovative ideas for their latest project.
The client is delighted. She loves the ideas, and can’t wait to put them in place in the new office building she’s planning.
When it comes time to communicate the ideas to the construction team, though, the designer completely freezes up. With no idea how to communicate the specifics of their design to the team, using the construction team’s terms, or create construction documents to put the design into action.
The project comes to a screeching halt, because the construction team is completely stuck until they get their instructions. The client is upset about the delay, and disappointed with the designer.
Sounds like your worst nightmare, right?
As a designer, coming up with innovative interior design ideas (and communicating those ideas to your client) is only the first part of the project. You also need to communicate your instructions to the construction crew building your design solution.
That means you’ll need to read and interpret construction documents, including drawings and specifications.
You'll also need to be able to create construction documents (or “contract documents”) using industry standards and drawing conventions.
Bottom line: If you aren’t able to communicate your vision and instructions, your career is doomed.
Your knowledge of contract documents is also critical to your success on the NCIDQ Exam. Find out what you need to know about creating contract documents in our article, Contract Documents for Success on the NCIDQ Exam.