Building a Team

Clarifying Design Professional Roles in Home Projects

Jonnel Mamauag
3 min readFeb 5, 2024

So, you’re all geared up for that home project, but the sea of titles in the design world is making your head spin? Fear not! Let’s break it down and make sure you know who to call for what.

Who Should You Hire?

First things first, let’s get the squad sorted. Architects, interior architects, interior designers, designers, decorators — they all play a part, but what exactly do they do? And why does everyone seem to offer everything?

Scopes by Professions


Architects are the full package. They design the landscape, exterior, and interior, ensuring everything clicks. But, word of advice: let them stick to the bones; furnishing and decor aren’t typically their sweet spot. Think of architects as the masterminds behind everything permanent in your home — from the sturdy walls and floors to those dreamy built-in features. They’re not just about the layout; they’re also the maestros of design, detailing, and finishes. But hey, don’t bother them with curtains and vases; that’s not their jam.

Interior Architecture

Now, this term can get tricky. Sometimes, it means the whole shebang inside your home…



Jonnel Mamauag

I draw and design often. I write sometimes. Both for Architecture. See my work on