Will there be any need for architects?
Many tasks will be replaced by digital systems
What happens when virtual reality turns clients into the architects of their homes? Will the architects’ job description have to be rethought?
Digitalisation a danger for architects?
Sooner than imagined, clients will be able to change and even plan their own homes thanks to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). And, in the future, they will be able to do so without any profound knowledge of architecture and room planning. Thus, architects, interior designers and furnishing specialists are confronted by a great challenge and must ask how they can stay in tune with the times.
Meet the client halfway!
For architects, however, this revolutionary development could greatly enrich their everyday working life. Why? You might well say. Before the building has been completed, the future owner can go through the house wearing VR glasses and make any changes they want. Which could make the architect’s job much easier by giving the client a realistic preview well before completion: via the innovative VR technology, the prospective house owner sees, for example, what the yellow leather sofa on the elegant stone floor looks like in the context of room size and the incidence of light from the big panorama windows. And the architect can see the satisfied look on the client’s face before they even set foot in the new house.
Improved communication between professionals and lay people
Do you frequently have to struggle against misunderstandings in the planning phase and communication errors due to the different perspectives of experts and lay people? These problems could be greatly reduced by a VR site visit, which would in turn save additional costs for subsequent structural modifications. And, at the same time, spare your nerves! This would make life much easier for you when it comes to communicating effectively with clients, most of whom are not able to imagine the completed building together with the interior furnishings.
Change as a chance
Did you know that VR technology for architects is already on the market? CAD drawings are entered into a central, 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) system. The BIM data is then converted for VR taking advantage of platforms such as Autodesk LIVE to ensure that important building data is not lost, as can happen with other gaming systems. An innovative development such as this will introduce not only a completely new standard to your everyday working life but also the opportunity to be seen as one of the leaders of the pack.
Summa summarum: architects must take steps to ensure they also have a role to play in the future.
Visit the next Heimtextil fair in Frankfurt am Main from 9 to 12 January 2018 where we from the Finest Interior Award will ask the big question, ‘What’s real?’
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The FINEST INTERIOR AWARD was created to honour the work of architects, interior architects and interior decorators and take account of the growing demand for individual and professional contract furnishing. The communicative focal point of this year’s FINEST INTERIOR AWARD is the digitalisation of reality. What impact are virtual reality and augmented reality having on architecture, interior architecture and interior decoration? What changes do they imply for the job descriptions of these professions? And what benefits are they likely to have for consumers? The FINEST INTEROR AWARD will tackle these and other interesting questions in its guest commentaries under the motto ‘What’s real?’.
The award will be presented on the eve of Heimtextil in Frankfurt. During the fair, there will be an information featuring the winners in the foyer of Hall 4.0.