How could AI replace architects?

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Short answer:
  • AI is capable of doing repetitive architectural tasks.
  • Designing requires less understanding, particularly in the early phases. AI helps designers by quickly analyzing and compiling data.
  • AI may test the design under site circumstances and other criteria. Designers and architects may explore without any risk.
  • AR and VR can showcase design to experience and choice.

Software programs can synthesize large volumes of architectural information in seconds thanks to machine learning. Architects, on the other hand, lack the ability to compete because it takes them years to acquire the knowledge and expertise necessary to create structures. Artificial intelligence would make elements of an architect's responsibilities obsolete.

Artificial Intelligence & AI & Machine Learning

AI can be a smart architecture recommendation engine[edit]

The solution provides a fully managed cloud architecture for training, deploying, and hosting machine learning models in addition to offering tailored recommendations based on user inquiries. These functions are performed in response to user inquiries.[1]

The mundane activities may be taken over by AI[edit]

Although designing may be an enjoyable and thrilling experience, some repetitious chores can be draining on an architect's time and energy. The process of drafting and editing designs will soon be handled by artificial intelligence, which will produce exact and accurate drawings. This would also imply that the architect would have a lot of spare time on their hands to concentrate on the design of the building. After the designer is relieved of the more routine tasks, they will have more time to devote to giving the project their heart and soul. Since humans are the source of creativity, there is still a long way to go before AI reached its full potential.[2]

AI can be used to built smart architecture recommendation engine Source: Flickr

The cost of AI will be very less when compared with real architects[edit]

Once the technology based on AI is built, it will cost much lower than architects, who charges a very hefty fee.[3]

The role of AI in architecture judgment and design[edit]

In the field of architecture, experimentation has always been seen as a dangerous method. It was not possible to evaluate the durability, sturdiness, and performance of a design earlier. With the assistance of AI, one is able to test the design to site circumstances and other characteristics that are sufficiently near. Because of this, the designer or architect may experiment without risking causing significant injury to herself or others. In addition, there is the possibility of developing solutions even before the beginning of the project. [4]

AI is helpful in architecture judgment, Source: Vectorportal

The use of AI can make architectural ideas a reality[edit]

The only way a person could see their design was via the use of earlier drawings and renderings that were not very realistic. The plot has just taken an unexpected turn. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have advanced to the point that customers can now "walk through" designs to "feel" and "experience" options before deciding what they want and don't want. The manner in which a design is experienced will unquestionably be improved as a result of this, even before the actual construction has begun.[5]

AI as the cornerstone of architectural design[edit]

Research is the initial phase in the design process, which gets underway after that. This might help the design process go more quickly if it were equipped with a robust data storage and reviewing system, which would provide the architect with all of the relevant information in a matter of seconds. Working with just the bare essentials of information is required throughout the design process, particularly in the very early phases of the task. This is the point at which artificial intelligence comes into play, thanks to its ability to rapidly evaluate and assemble facts and information in order to assist the designer.[6]

What are the challenges for AI to replace architects?[edit]

  • Culture and experience shape a person's perspective on what constitutes logical thought, which is why there is no universally accepted definition of logic.[7]
  • Architecture is a creative field, where decisions are based on individual clients' human needs.[8]
  • Although AI is able to provide customers with outputs based on a set of facts and information that was saved in the past, AI is unable to curate a collection of information on its own independently. An architect will try to solve the client's problems by putting themselves in the client's position and thinking about what kinds of solutions could work best.[9]
  • It seems doubtful that technology and AI will ever replace architects since so much of their work requires creative, analytical thought that cannot be copied by machines.
  • The architect's position in the field is dependent on cooperation with other design and construction employees.
  • Vital to the architecture profession, as of 2022, AI architects also lack a number of crucial soft skills.[10]


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