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The future of architecture – Matthew Bugg

We asked ten architects – each of whom joined Make in a different year since 2004 – to write about how they see architecture and the built environment changing over the next ten years. Here is Matt’s response.

Matthew Bugg
Matthew Bugg
Make Partner since 2007

I predict more intensive studies of materials and construction methods throughout the design of commercial buildings over the next decade. This is already happening on our 5 Broadgate project, where extensive material research has driven energy performance targets. Energy use will continue to drive design and this will be coupled by expanding research through education. BIM (Building Information Modelling) will allow materials and construction methodologies to be harnessed alongside costs, to further inform our clients earlier in the design process. Rapid design iterations will become the norm.

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I also see social networking tools becoming prevalent in connecting architects with new clients and maintaining relationships with the best collaborators. These tools, which will become part of a designer’s daily work, will also help to make new connections and relationships which may not have previously come about. The globalisation of ideas has already ignited a new thinking structure based on these rapidly evolving social networks.

Physical architecture will be able to adapt to these new networks by harnessing micro-technologies. Small computers like the Raspberry Pi released this year could be embedded in architectural components, to record performance but also to communicate with other components – and perhaps even other buildings. There will be a lot more work ‘on the go’ and whether software or hardware, both will develop to place us in the best location for the design task.

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The future of architecture – Robert Lunn

We asked ten architects – each of whom joined Make in a different year since 2004 – to write about how they see architecture and the built environment changing over the next ten years. Here is the third instalment.

 

Robert Lunn

Robert Lunn
Make Partner since 2006

I foresee architecture over the next decade continuing to be shaped by the recession that we are still emerging from. I believe architectural education will evolve, encouraging broader, more intrinsic links between students and the working profession, providing more opportunities to work within a practice (beyond the two year minimum requirement) and promoting greater engagement with others in the industry such as engineers, surveyors and clients. My hope is that this will reduce the financial burden upon students and encourage more people to consider a career in architecture, while also providing a greater variety of tutelage.

I see architects becoming more involved in educating the wider society about what we do and the value we bring to projects. I also see developments in mainstream and social media further encouraging architects to cultivate a wider discourse about how our public spaces, homes and offices are designed and constructed. Architecture will become more socially responsible, with architects developing designs that encourage users to gain more confidence in seeking buildings and spaces that they can adapt easily and efficiently. This will see architecture becoming more dynamic, with less large-scale new builds and a greater percentage of retention, refurbishment and adaptation schemes, such as our own 48 Leicester Square and St James’s Market projects.

robert-lunn-quote-v2A final hope of mine is to see the profession continue to move away from its current ‘male-centric’ image towards one that is increasingly egalitarian, with women occupying more prominent positions across the industry.

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