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  • Writer's pictureJustine Rowbotham-Belot

How AI Will Impact Architecture And Design

Most architects and interior designers have become cautiously curious about how AI can benefit our work. It's a valid question in which the response is not yet 100% known. Incorporating AI can greatly affect our work, potentially offering unlimited creative potential, enhancing our designs and implementation techniques.  

This can be exciting yet scary for some, what we do know so far is that AI can provide a broader set of tools that can be utilized for work efficiency and creativity. 

AI tools are expected to revolutionize our workflows, introducing new tasks and responsibilities such as AI management. This will represent a significant shift in the way we operate, similar to how Revit and 3D software changed workflows.  

Real-time data collection and interpretation using AI in the form of sensors and smart devices, can help us create solutions that optimize operational efficiency. This data can be used to make automatic adjustments to lighting, temperature, and ventilation, resulting in energy savings and preventing system failures and planning errors. 

Over the last year, many tech companies have introduced software that utilizes AI systems known as neural networks to transform text inputs from users into computer-generated images. These bots have generated a lot of buzz due to their ability to create hyper-realistic images, including imaginary buildings. This has sparked conversations about the potential impact these programs could have on the fields of architecture and design. 

However, text-to-image technology faces a major obstacle in terms of bias, which stems from their reliance on pre-existing images to generate new visualizations. It's worth noting that certain architectural styles are over-represented, and there is a preference for digitally created images over real photography. The software needs to have enough data to properly represent architectural ideas to surpass the human tendency for creativity.  

To combat a bias in imagery - image to image processing has been considered which would still require human visualization and then be embellished by AI, breaking barriers for new ways of imagining the future. So, for those amongst that may be skeptical about opening their offices up to AI, maybe starting out with a collaboration would be a good way to prepare for the future of this daunting technology. 

Until the day comes when AI starts winning significant design awards and competitions, I don’t think we need to worry about the technology taking our well-earned jobs. However, keeping up with AI training and trends will give designers a competitive edge when AI becomes more common practise. For now, let it be your creative partner. 


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