The top 4 ways technology has changed the face of architecture

01 November 2019

The evolution of technology is a defining factor in the development of architecture. Technology such as 3D visualisation software has driven architectural projects to new heights, presenting projects that are not only more innovative from an aesthetic perspective, but benefit society in terms of protecting the environment or providing greater accessibility to those who are differently abled. Everything from digital drawing and rendering, to construction documents and building has become easier to do with better results.

Read on to discover the key ways technological progress, has changed the industry.

Time and Money

Architectural design has come a long way from the days of having to create plans and elevations manually and separately from each other.  Without the technological developments that have impacted architecture, visualising design ideas and projects, would still be a time consuming and less precise process.

Technology such as Lumion’s 3D visualisation software that allows you to build a highly realistic plan in less than an hour, render a video in minutes and create high-quality images in seconds has transformed the architectural industry, saving both time and money in the process of planning buildings. Architects are now able to spend more time on the creative process and less time waiting on renders.

3D visualisation technology has also enabled greater precision and oversight on potential design flaws, while new technology such as artificial intelligence could even pre-empt and prevent mistakes during the design process. With technology doing the hard work, architects no longer have to waste time revising mistakes, meaning they can finish projects quickly and efficiently, avoiding the costs that could arise during the construction process due to structural miscalculations.

Improving the Sales Cycle

Structural mistakes made during the design process can be exceptionally time-consuming and expensive to correct during construction. Lumion can combine photogrammetry software, drone footage and OSM to create a data-led picture that enables you to create a model of your building with pin-point accuracy. Having a precise oversight of your vision that you can share with developers and engineers before construction begins, enables every party involved to identify any potential problems and prevent additional costs in time and money that could occur if overlooked.

Very few technological advancements have created greater furore or customer engagement potential for such a wide range of industries than virtual reality. For the architectural industry, new life has been injected into the way architects can help clients visualise projects and therefore buy into their vision and design. Instead of having a simple layout, video, or image of the potential project, they are now able to create plans that a client can literally step into and explore in a hyper realistic way.

For architects and designers, being able to present their ideas in a much more engaging, visually and potentially physically interactive manner can help them increase the potential for closing with a client more effectively and fast.

Capturing Project Data

To get the ball rolling on any architectural project, it is important to understand all factors within the terrain and location of a building site that may impact design. 

Previously, site visits have been a time consuming and potentially costly endeavour with great potential for human error. Today, the development of photogrammetry software, drone footage and OSM has enabled architects to create a 3D plan of a building with pin-point accuracy informed by the complete context of the location they are planning to build on. Being able to fully scope the environmental surroundings of a project and display them to the engineers and developers involved can help identify any potential problems and prevent additional costs in time and money that could occur if overlooked.

Storing Data

The amount of data in a single CAD model is often fairly large, and architects need enough storage space to include multiples of these as well as great quantities of extremely important data for individual projects, such as floor plans, client information, contracts, contacts and marketing information.

The evolution of technology, has led to both hardware such as external hard drives and software such as the cloud that enables architects to house large amounts of data. These developments in technology not only provide architects with a more robust method of keeping records but greater security in how they are kept.

Hard drives are able to protect important files from inadvertent file corruption. While cloud storage, is an automatic back-up plan that means if files are lost, they can easily be recovered or accessed via the internet. Digitally storing data via the cloud has also made it easier than ever for architects to share information with clients or developers allowing them to see up to date material on any project quickly or even in real time.

The development of technology has enabled architects to save time and money, created a more immersive and visually appealing customer experience and providing better ways of storing and capturing data. So what’s next? Further developments in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and digital fabrication are amongst many that will only continue to positively impact and create a brighter future for architects.