In a field like architecture where the practice is very hands-on, it is difficult to imagine just a few months ago how things would operate if they were to shift to remote work. Yet this is a situation many architects have found themselves in. With architects not exempt from these safety parameters, the transition has likely been quite difficult for those who are accustomed to working from their studios or visiting sites daily. Digital transformation had already begun changing the field of architecture, and this is only carried on further as architects continue their profession remotely. This has also brought about the need to rethink design concepts in order to adapt and continue designing.
Securing the tools
As advancements in technology have modernized architecture in the best possible way, from artificial intelligence to 3D modeling and immersive architecture in virtual reality, securing the best tools is a must for your practice to survive and thrive albeit from a new work setup. Indeed, today’s wide range of computers and laptops have the power to host even the most hardware intensive programs. For architects this means a personal computer that can hold not just sketches and blueprints, but also advanced 3D renderings and other design tools that are vital for their job. For those working from home it is essential that you don’t have a machine that runs the risk of crashing while you are in the middle of something. As an additional safeguard, it’s advised to move everything to the cloud. Creative processes can now be transferred to programs like Morpholio where you can continue to design, sketch, and share your proposals within your practice and with clients.
Building on online interactions
Projects can be managed by teams with communication software such as Trello to keep everyone up to date on the latest stages and updates throughout the process. Now that everyone is online, this is also your prime opportunity to step up your game in bolstering your online presence. Social media is a great way of drawing attention to your firm and connecting individuals to your digital portfolio. It’s important to remember that this is a building block between you and your growing client base, so engage visitors with responses and feedback. You can examine your analytics, see your market reach, and adjust how you conduct your interactions in order to get more traction and business.
Rethinking design concepts
As operations have shifted, so have the demands of clients. After establishing your presence online, clients may be informing you of their new specifications. This entire pandemic has challenged architects to rethink the very ways they design properties. Founder and principal of DMAC Architecture Dwayne MacEwen foresees that buyers will begin to opt for homes that have clearly defined and adaptable spaces to help them work from home. Like architects, many clients are looking for ways to accommodate this new dynamic, especially since it could last for a long time. Likewise, there will be a greater desire for functional spaces that are much more environmentally focused to help improve health and wellness, as well as increase sustainability. A trend that can be seen in many of the recent architecture design competitions. Practicality and flexibility will be the new tenets of architecture in the coming years and you need to be ready for this.
We can’t ignore the changes that have surfaced due to the pandemic, so we must adapt as best as we can. The good news is that many of the world’s best and upcoming architects have already risen to this challenge.