A major distinguishing factor in the job profile of an industrial architect compared to a general architect is the focus on exchange of goods or people. The industrial architect ensures smooth and seamless flow of goods and people.
A good industrial architect customizes theoretical considerations with actual needs of the industry or concern and incorporates flexibility into the design, to make changes as and when required.
For instance, the industrial architects design a production plant in a way that accepting raw materials, the various processing stages, checking, packing, and distribution all take place in the fastest way with the minimal movement. The industrial architect also designs workstations to ensure that work takes place under optimal lighting, accessibility, positioning, and other ergonomic considerations.
In a retail store, the industrial architect designs the layout to ensure that goods display prominently, customers access the required goods easily, and prevent overcrowding at entrances, checkouts, and other spaces.
In an airport terminal, the industrial architect designs for a smooth flow of arrival and departure passengers, seamless and non-congested check in and baggage handling procedures, easy accessibility to and by support service, adequate car park facilities, convenient transit lounges, adequate circulating area for vehicles to drop passengers and park, and more.