Technology has had an enormous impact on architecture and the way architects work and interact with clients over the past 20 years. While creativity and inspiration are still key for an architect, technology has changed how we visualise concepts and made it easier for a non-visual person to understand and appreciate what is being put in front them. Bringing a client’s vision and ideas to life in a practical and sustainable way can still remain a challenge, however! It is becoming easier to share information and receive feedback quicker. This can all lead to a smoother and more satisfying process.
In addition, developments in Internet of Things (IoT) technology mean that “smart” buildings with building management systems are becoming more common place in some high-end developments. This is geared towards reducing maintenance costs or at least helping the buildings to be maintained centrally with information readily available.
Using and understanding the data available can also help during the design process – to create a more energy efficient buildings, lighting levels etc… Virtual reality programmes will, in the future, have an impact on the interiors side of things design. For now, it’s something that some firms are experimenting with.
The Kalkwarf team still concentrate on our customers and what they are trying to achieve aesthetically and commercially. Technology is very important to us and we make the most of relevant technological updates, especially where it can help us to deliver a better quality service to customers and an improved end result. We are a flexible and agile business and we adjust our working practices to ensure we are using the best, most advanced ways of working at any given time.