Let’s look into the difference between Industrial design and architecture. While many architects tend to think that both the professions are very similar, whereas industrial designers view architecture as quite different field. The answer is not that easy to address. There are many similarities in both the professions. Both the practitioner knows how to visualize, draw, render, build models, draft and think critically. However the differences are profound, as they are the intangibles embedded in the design process.

Industrial Design (ID) is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer. Usually concentrates on the structural and feasibility aspects of design.

Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. Architectural design involves the manipulation of mass, space, volume, texture, light, shadow, materials, program, and other elements in order to achieve an end which is aesthetic as well as functional. Let’s look into the difference between these two

An Industrial design is a plan to build something. Architecture is a type of design that deals only with structures.

Abstract vs Concrete

Architecture is focused more on abstract structures such as rooms that supports a wide range of designs. Design is more concrete with entities such as a meeting room designed for a particular organization.


Industrial designers work on small projects that move very quickly (months to market) whereas architects’ projects usually take years to execute.


Industrial designers have more opportunities to practice and improve their designing skills within a quick time. An industrial designer who has been working for ten years has gained experience of designing more than hundred projects within a speculated time. And becomes very skilled at quickly executing beautiful design.

Whereas the complexity of architectural projects requires a lifetime of practice to develop the competency to create well designed buildings.


Industrial design is about form making. Designers are very focused on creating a beautiful object above other aspects of the project. Architecture is about building each design is based on intellectual proposition.

Thus each profession approaches the design process and evaluates the success of the final ‘product’ differently.

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