WORKING WITH PUBLIC SPACES
Commercial design encompasses a very wide range of structures: stores, restaurants, banks, bars, hotels, offices, cruise ships, shopping malls, etc. Within this category of design, you also have cultural institutions, such as museums—and government or private institutions, such as hospitals.
Commercial design is far more diverse than residential design, and offers many different "niches" in which to specialize. Each type of building—from boutique to library to courthouse—has its own distinct functional requirements and goals.
For example, restaurants and retail spaces must meet marketing needs. This often means integrating branding colours, creating strategic areas for product displays, and integrating eye-catching elements to attract interest and encourage spending.
A hospital, on the other hand, will need elevators, cafeterias, sterile environments, extended parking options, and a host of other functional elements aimed at serving the needs of patients and health care professionals.