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Working As A Design Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $64,859

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Coordinator Do

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.

Duties

Interior designers typically do the following:

  • Search for and bid on new projects
  • Determine the client’s goals and requirements for the project
  • Consider how the space will be used and how people will move through the space
  • Sketch preliminary design plans, including electrical and partition layouts
  • Specify materials and furnishings, such as lighting, furniture, wall finishes, flooring, and plumbing fixtures
  • Create a timeline for the interior design project and estimate project costs
  • Place orders for materials and oversee the installation of the design elements
  • Conduct the construction administration of the project and coordinate with general building contractors to implement the plans and specifications to build the project
  • Visit the site after the project is complete, to ensure that the client is satisfied

Interior designers work closely with architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and builders to determine how interior spaces will function, look, and be furnished. Interior designers read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations. For more information on structural engineers, see the profile on civil engineers. For more information on builders, see the profile on construction laborers and helpers.

Although some sketches or drawings may be freehand, most interior designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software for the majority of their drawings. Throughout the design process, interior designers often will use building information modeling (BIM) software to create three-dimensional visualizations that include construction elements such as walls or roofs.

Many designers specialize in a particular type of building, such as homes, hospitals, or hotels; a specific room, such as bathrooms or kitchens; or a specific style. Some designers work for home-furnishings stores, providing design services to help customers choose materials and furnishings.

Some interior designers produce designs, plans, and drawings for construction and installation. These may include construction and demolition plans, electrical layouts, and plans needed for building permits. Interior designers may draft the preliminary design into documents that could be as simple as sketches or as inclusive as construction documents, with schedules and attachments.

The following are examples of types of interior designers:

Healthcare designers use the evidence-design process in designing and renovating healthcare centers, clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and residential care facilities. They specialize in making design decisions based on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, residents, and the facility.

Sustainable designers use strategies to improve energy and water efficiencies and indoor air quality, and they specify environmentally preferable products, such as bamboo and cork for floors. They may obtain certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Such certification indicates that a building and its interior space were designed with the use of sustainable concepts.

Universal designers renovate spaces in order to make them more accessible. Often, these designs are used to renovate spaces for elderly people and people with special needs; however, universal designs can benefit anyone. For example, an entranceway without steps may be necessary for someone in a wheelchair, but it is also helpful for someone pushing a baby stroller.

Kitchen and bath designers specialize in kitchens and bathrooms and have expert knowledge of the variety of cabinets, fixtures, appliances, plumbing, and electrical solutions for these rooms.

Corporate designers create interior designs for professional workplaces from small office settings to large-scale corporations within high-rise buildings. They focus on creating spaces that are efficient, functional, and safe for employees. They may incorporate design elements that reflect a company’s brand in their designs.

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How To Become A Design Coordinator

Interior designers usually need a bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior design.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is usually required, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD). A bachelor’s degree in any field is acceptable, and interior design programs are available at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits more than 180 professional-level (bachelor’s or master’s degrees) interior design programs.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association accredits kitchen and bath design specialty programs (certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s degree levels) in 45 colleges and universities.

Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability for admission to interior design programs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure requirements vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work. In other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work; however, only licensed designers may use the title “interior designer.” In still other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may call themselves interior designers and do interior design work.

In states where laws restrict the use of the title “interior designer,” only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. Qualifications for eligibility to take the NCIDQ exam include a combination of education and experience. For example, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design and 2 years of experience.

California requires a different exam, administered by the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC). Qualifications for eligibility to take the CCIDC exam include a combination of education and experience.

Voluntary certification in an interior design specialty, such as healthcare interior design, allows designers to demonstrate expertise in a particular area of the occupation. Interior designers often specialize to distinguish the type of design work they do and to promote their expertise. Certifications usually are available through professional and trade associations and are independent from the NCIDQ licensing examination.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Interior designers use their sense of style to develop designs that are aesthetically pleasing.

Creativity. Interior designers need to be imaginative in selecting furnishings and fabrics and in creating spaces that serve the client’s needs and fit the client’s lifestyle.

Detail oriented. Interior designers need to be precise in measuring interior spaces and creating drawings, so that it can be used by other workers such as engineers or other designers.

Interpersonal skills. Interior designers need to be able to communicate effectively with clients and others. Much of their time is spent soliciting new clients and new work and collaborating with other designers, engineers, and general building contractors on ongoing projects.

Problem-solving skills. Interior designers must address challenges, such as construction delays and the high cost or sudden unavailability of certain materials, while keeping the project on time and within budget.

Visualization. Interior designers need a strong sense of proportion and visual awareness in order to understand how pieces of a design will fit together to create the intended interior environment.

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Design Coordinator Career Paths

Design Coordinator
Freelance Designer Lead Designer Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Office Administrator Event Coordinator
Catering Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Design Supervisor Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Electrical Designer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Merchandising Director
9 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Coordinator Estimator Project Manager
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Project Manager Engineering Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Design Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

55.7%

Male

42.8%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.6%

French

8.9%

Mandarin

6.3%

Chinese

3.8%

German

3.8%

Turkish

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Filipino

2.5%

Tagalog

2.5%

Persian

2.5%

Swahili

1.3%

Swedish

1.3%

Javanese

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Balinese

1.3%

Indonesian

1.3%

Hawaiian

1.3%

Bosnian

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%
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Design Coordinator Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

10.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.9%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

West Virginia University

6.1%

University of Florida

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

5.0%

Drexel University

5.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

Cornell University

3.9%

University of Kentucky

3.9%

International Academy of Design and Technology

3.9%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of North Texas

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

Full Sail University

3.4%

Iowa State University

3.4%
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Majors

Graphic Design

16.3%

Business

12.5%

Drafting And Design

10.2%

Interior Design

9.4%

Marketing

6.3%

Fine Arts

6.1%

Communication

6.1%

Architecture

5.4%

Psychology

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Design And Visual Communication

2.4%

Management

2.4%

English

2.4%

Computer Science

2.2%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.2%

Journalism

2.2%

Civil Engineering

2.1%

Environmental Design

2.0%

Project Management

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.5%

Other

18.8%

Associate

13.9%

Masters

13.7%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Design Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Design Coordinator Tripp Design Naval Architecture, LLC Norwalk, CT Aug 27, 2011 $132,000
Project Design Coordinator Tripp Design Naval Architecture, LLC Norwalk, CT Mar 01, 2011 $132,000
Production and Design Coordinator Executive Daniel Romualdez Architects, P.C. New York, NY Nov 17, 2014 $100,000
Production Design Coordinator NIS America Inc. Santa Ana, CA Dec 02, 2014 $94,994
Industrial Design Coordinator (Packaging) Mahle Behr USA Inc. Troy, MI Feb 23, 2016 $80,207
Signal Design Coordinator Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 01, 2013 $77,536
Coordinator, Communications, College of Architecture and Design New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ Feb 26, 2016 $75,970
Coordinator, Communications, College of Architecture and Design New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ Aug 06, 2016 $75,970
Design Coordinator (Special Projects) Project Cc LLC Las Vegas, NV May 27, 2009 $75,000
Design & Interactive Coordinator (Digital Media & Comm.) The New York Stem Cell Foundation, Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2015 $67,692
Social Design Coordinator Fit Associates LLC Pittsburgh, PA Jun 12, 2016 $66,248
Civil Engineering Design Coordinator Tomar Construction, LLC East Brunswick, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $65,354
Signal Design Coordinator Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Sep 01, 2010 $65,000
Signal Design Coordinator Illinois Central Railroad Company Homewood, IL Feb 15, 2010 $65,000
Technical Architectural Design Coordinator Domani Consulting, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Jun 21, 2010 $59,280
Technical Architectural Design Coordinator Domani Consulting, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Jun 10, 2010 $59,280
Healthcare Design Coordinator Stantec Architecture Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 27, 2016 $58,386 -
$60,486
Design Coordinator HDR Architecture, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2016 $58,074
Production Design Coordinator NIS America Inc. Santa Ana, CA Mar 26, 2012 $56,888
Production Design Coordinator NIS America Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 31, 2015 $56,537
Design Coordinator HDR Architecture, Inc. Pasadena, CA Nov 09, 2016 $56,160
Architectural Design Coordinator DN'a Design & Architecture, Inc. Miami, FL Feb 09, 2010 $56,056
Design Coordinator I Stantec Architecture, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 09, 2015 $45,163
Design Coordinator I Stantec Architecture, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 10, 2015 $45,163
Design Coordinator Textile From Europe, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Technical Design Coordinator, Women's Rag & Bone Industries LLC New York, NY Jun 18, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Design Coordinator Victoria Classics Edison, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Design Coordinator Michael Miller Fabrics, LLC New York, NY Jun 07, 2011 $45,000
Design Coordinator Textiles From Europe, Inc. Edison, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $45,000 -
$55,000
Izone Production Design Coordinator Nova Southeastern University, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2010 $43,595

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  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Construction Drawings
  3. Vendor Relations
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  • Design weekly Chronicle Neighborhood News ads using Adobe Photoshop and Indesign based on company marketing needs.
  • Created fabrication and construction drawings.
  • Coordinated bi-annual Vendor Fairs to increase our vendor data base, introduce innovative vendors and maintain vendor relationships.
  • Promoted from CAD Coordinator within 1 year of hire.
  • Delegate portions of the CAD Coordinator responsibility, if needed, but maintain overall coordination responsibility.

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