Architect of the future

The architect of the future

Ever increasing computer power, the advent of BIM, I Pad’s, seamless transference of data, powerful environmental modelling software and a plethora of other new technologies has changed the way we design out of all proportion over the past decade. This looks set to continue as these technologies improve and newer technologies come to the fore.

We already use our hand held tablet computers and phones for taking notes on site or at meetings, presentations can now be made anywhere and at anytime, information can be retrieved at the click of a button allowing instantaneous answering of queries whether on site or in the office. Streamlined IT solutions such as the “cloud” together with improvements in the way the internet functions will dramatically reduce the need for powerful hardware in the office and radically improve compatibility of software.

Collective working and information sharing will be made considerably easier with virtual BIM models being held in the Cloud and accessed and manipulated by any member of the project team although there are obvious issues that come to mind in terms of security and insurance which are yet to be explored.

Problem solving has always been an integral part of an architect’s make-up and new technologies together with significant changes to the way the Internet functions will be instrumental in enhancing this basic service. The internet is rapidly developing itself, even in the past fifteen years or so, it has completely reinvented itself. Now we not only shop, bank, work and meet people online; but we share what we are doing at any given moment via Twitter and Linked in which is beginning to transform the way architectural companies market themselves – there will be no boundaries.

Many new technologies on the horizon will have a huge influence on the way we design and present our creations. For instance, advances in visualisation technology including Holographic TV will allow the client to literally walk through our designs. Products such as Skype already have the ability to reduce decision times but speech recognition will change our ideas about office working and ergonomics – imagine not having to sit at a desk to type again! Table tops and walls will become tablet style screens with designers being able to manipulate imagery and designs in large groups using touch.
These are certainly exciting times for the architect.