Technology has changed nearly everything about the way that people in society exist and function. From smart phones to the Internet, technology has transformed the world in just a few decades time. For architects, home builders and home designers, technology has taken a front seat in the experience of designing and building a structure. From start to finish, technology affects the way that architects design buildings and even the way that clients experience the design process. Technology can improve building efficiency and durability, while making it easier for architects to more accurately render a building design.

3D Printing Machines Make Buildings Better

You may have heard about 3D printing machines making small parts for machines. What you may not realize is that 3D printing can be applied to structures on a much larger scale. 3D printers can be used to create buildings, bridges and homes. While the technology is not in frequent use in architecture and building firms yet, 3D printing is fast, inexpensive and can be used to create strong structures. It's only a matter of time before architects plan for use of 3D printers in everyday building design.

Digital Sketchbooks Make Saving and Displaying Renderings Easy

At one time, architect sketchbooks were clunky and graphite-covered, and they could easily take up large amounts of space on shelves in an office. Now sketchbooks are digital, and all drawings can be easily saved, recalled and displayed without a smudge of graphite touching anything. This makes it much easier to show clients a sketch, and can make it simpler for an architect to share an idea with a colleague.

Smart Technology Affects Home Designs and Building Designs

Clients now demand smart technology in their homes and buildings. Smart technology can be used to increase security, improve comfort and heighten efficiency. Smart HVAC systems, security systems and lighting systems make homes more intuitive and more beautiful. Now architects are integrating smart technology into their designs to meet customer demand.
While older homes and buildings are being outfitted with these new products retroactively, it can be hard to seamlessly integrate smart technology into an older structure. Smart technology works perfectly with new buildings because the buildings were designed with smart technology in mind.

Climate Change Predictive Software

Climate change affects the environment where buildings exist, and therefore, will affect the way the buildings themselves perform. New software allows architects to predict the way that differences in climate will affect a building before it is ever made. This enables architects to create more flexible, durable structures. Using specialized software tools, architects can create buildings that will last longer and function better over a period of decades.

Virtual Reality Makes Models More Realistic Than Ever

In the past, clients who hired an architect would be dependent on 3D models and 2D renderings to view the product before it was built. While these renderings can get the job done, there are limitations. 3D models and 2D drawings can leave clients wondering about their finished product.
Now architects use virtual reality head sets to allow clients to explore a rendering to their heart's content. People who hire an architect to design a home, building or home remodel can use the VR headset to walk in the front door, explore the entry way, walk down hallways, open closets, look out windows and experience first-hand what it would be like to walk around in the structure.

Photo-Realistic Renderings Create a Colorful Picture of Finished Product

Virtual reality has changed client presentations, while photo-realistic renderings have changed the way that architects envision buildings. Photo-realistic renderings allow architects to create ultra-realistic images of buildings that are not yet in existence. This enables architects to create a more accurate representation of their final product, which makes it possible to more precisely capture an idea and perfect a design before it is built.

Architecture Continues To Advance With Technology

As technology advances, so will architecture. Technology is constantly improving human life on a day to day basis, solving age-old problems encountered by humans. How can we work faster? How can we be more comfortable? How can we improve quality of life? What can we do to live longer, more efficient and more productive lives? By changing the way buildings are made and by changing the functionality of buildings and homes, technology can positively affect civilization, one building at a time.

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential