A kitchen designer helps plan and execute design projects for residential or commercial food-preparation areas.
Designers working in residential fields likely need a strong background in architecture. However, for designers setting up commercial kitchens, the architecture work is normally completed and skill; therefore, their job consists mainly involves their knowledge of culinary design and functionality. Regardless of field, a kitchen designer must be able to understand the needs of the client and relate them to the functionality of a space and the kitchen equipment. They need to help establish costs and budgets, informing the client of financial issues throughout the design and execution processes.
A residential designer helps custom-tailor a kitchen space to fit the needs of the contractor or homeowner; this may involve building or renovating an existing space. A kitchen designer in the commercial sector must be well-versed in the needs of the facility of the kitchen and fully understand the staffing needs necessary to execute that institution’s vision.
Residential kitchen designers typically need at least a bachelor's degree in architecture and relevant experience in the field. Commercial designers, meanwhile, must have expertise in culinary designs and the needs of commercial kitchens.
Designer, Kitchen Tasks
- Promote installation services.
- Complete the design and sale of customer remodeling projects.
- Perform measurements and order materials.
- Assist customers with kitchen and bath design.
- Verify designs, materials list, cost, and installation services with customers, project manager, and design technicians.