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AI In Architecture — How it is Changing the Way We Build

Last updated on March 4th, 2023 at 02:45 am

AI in Architecture — a match made in heaven?

The potential for AI in architecture is nothing short of, pardon the pun, groundbreaking, and it is already beginning to change the way we design and build structures.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the ways AI is being used in architecture today, and see how machine learning and generative design have begun to shape architecture as we know it.

Artificial Intelligence In Architecture

How is AI Revolutionizing Architecture?

Building Efficiency

Sustainability, calculations, and environmental analysis are now a snap due to AI. The architect is a click away from the data s/he needs, which in times ago would have taken a long time to gather and compile. 

Also, sustainability can be input into the designs. Smart applications can be worked into the blueprints, which ensures better sustainability from day one. By using sensors and data analytics, AI can help identify patterns of energy use and wastage in buildings. This information can then be used to make changes that result in significant reductions in energy consumption.

Real World Experience

Augmented reality is the name of the game. Before a penny is plunked down on construction, you can have a real-world experience with the proposed structure a la a virtual reality walkthrough.

Everything is simulated, including the aesthetics and sounds. You can submit immediate feedback and find out what it will be like before the first shovel breaks the ground.  No more waiting until the building is completed to find out if you like it!

Cost Reduction

According to Zippia, 7.5 million people are employed in construction in the United States, which accounts for 4.8 percent of the total labor force. Artificial intelligence is already being integrated into construction, where the following statistics have been provided. 

Per Deloitte

  • In the design aspect, budgets are being reduced by an estimated 10-20% and engineering hours by 10-30%.
  • Operations: 10-20 percent in savings.
  • Construction: 10-15 percent reduction of construction costs. 

As you can see, AI is becoming instrumental in reducing costs. 

Building Security

For many years, businesses have used video security to monitor the comings and goings of people. An AI-powered security system can help monitor suspicious activities and alert the owners. Also, there are AI-powered locks that restrict all except those who have the credentials to enter and exit. 

Building Maintenance Optimization

AI-based energy management platforms, such as the Nest thermostat, are becoming increasingly popular with consumers due to their ability to maintain a safe and optimal temperature in a building whilst also saving energy. These devices can take data from sensors and use this information to monitor for leaks or malfunctions, making it easier than ever before to keep track of a building’s performance.

AI and the Future of Architecture

Easy Initial Research and Testing

Architects spend hours researching design, historical data, project intent, and past projects, among other things. With AI looming on the horizon, those hours will be cut significantly.

AI has improved in terms of research and testing. it can work with huge amounts of data that can draw conclusions and recommend the best courses of action in a fraction of the time it would take a human to analyze and make such recommendations. Crucial aspects of the projects will be researched and tested in the time it would take the architect to pick up his or her pen and give an exasperated sigh at all the work that has to be done. .

Parametric Architecture

According to Autodesk, parametric architecture is defined as:

“…parametricism centers on free-form architectural concepts. Sweeping lines, curves, and irregular shapes give each building character. Such designs might look futuristic or even otherworldly.”

Parametric architecture is a type of building design that automatically adjusts to satisfy different demands. Put simply, AI-powered parametric architecture takes much of the grunt work off the architects’ hands, allowing them to focus on other aspects of the project. We can confidently predict that this technique will become more popular in the future, resulting in exceptional designs and improved workflow for architects.

Optimized Planning and Construction

The process of planning a construction project can be exceptionally complex, and in many cases, the planning phase can take several years. The construction phase also has its own set of challenges — which can make meeting deadlines problematic. Never fear, modern developments in AI can help make both the planning and construction stages extremely efficient.

Architects have access to a plethora of data when utilizing AI, ranging from detailed parametric models and simulations to precise cost assessment and scheduling. As a consequence, the time for planning is reduced considerably, while calculations are more accurate than ever. The chances of human error are decreased using AI, ensuring that the project as whole proceeds in the intended direction.

AI drones and other machines can perform simple and repetitive tasks instead of humans. As a result, human employees will have more time on their hands to focus on the project’s most essential elements.

Smart Homes

Remember the cartoon The Jetsons? If not, it was a cartoon depicting a family in the year 2050. Everything is automated and push-button. All your tasks are optimized into AI. 

For those of you who don’t remember The Jetsons, (and that number is growing, sad to say) here’s a clip that demonstrates what I was talking about regarding automation. 

Want a sausage pizza?

Just think, all your domestic needs are taken care of with the mere push of a button. I, for one, eagerly await the self-cleaning toilet. (Pleeeeeeeeeease?)

Smart Cities

Smart cities are defined per the Embedded Computing article as an “AI-driven ecosystem that has an optimized, effective flow based on real-time data.

Think about it: communications between buildings, cars, and smartphones, among other things to make a city of the future. How Jetsons. 


Can architecture be done AI?

Even though technology will continue to advance, it won’t take the place of human creativity and style. The human design process and designers won’t be going anywhere.

What is ML architecture?

ML stand for “machine learning.” ML architecture

Is AI architect a good career?

Yes. With the advances in technology and the development of artificial intelligence, an AI architect shows to be a very promising and lucrative career.

Keep in mind, you will still need the education and years of experience to back it up.


It’s impossible to say definitively what the future of AI in architecture will look like. However, one thing is certain: AI is going to change the way we build in ways that we cannot even imagine.

So, whatever the future holds, one thing is for sure: AI is here to stay, and it is going to change the way we build. It’s hard to believe that AI is only now making its way into the architecture industry, but as they say, better late than never.

What are your thoughts on AI in architecture? Let us know in the comments below!

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