A century ago, the telephone would have seemed a rather daunting invention. Fast-forward to 2017 and not only are mobile phones commonplace, but we’re accustomed to interactive digital experiences in all elements of our life from ordering food to making bank transfers or video-calling our families.
When professional industries latch on to these innovations, it can change the way they work drastically. Technology changes not only how professionals do things but also what they do, because it opens up previously unthought-of possibilities.
Putting pencil to paper will likely never be replaced entirely by architects, but computer-aided design (CAD) is now a normal part of many architects’ working lives. The spread of building information modelling (BIM) has been part of this evolution, with the more recent introduction of virtual reality (VR) taking things one step further.