Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been trending for a while now. There has been numerous articles about AI in architecture and attempts to automate work of an architect. Most writers conclude that work of an architect is too complex to be automated soon even by AI. However this does not discourage others from trying. Autodesk has a research group for Machine Intelligence, Berlin based startup CoPlannery is trying to become somewhat an agent between architect and the client with some help of AI and most impressively we have a startup Improbable which tries to build real matrix.
So what is really going to happen to architects? Are we going to be replaced soon by some algorithms which will generate projects in any desired style within blink of an eye? The answer can be found in a report by University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborn called “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. In this report authors estimated the probability of computerisation for 702 detailed occupations. Among them are architects, landscape architects, interior designers, carpenters and model makers. To make all this research data more readable Mubashar Iqbal created a beautiful website willrobotstakemyjob.com.
Here we extracted the predictions for architecture related professions:
It seems we can relax for now. Robot from the internet says we should not be afraid of computerisation and we are “Totally Safe”. Not unlike our friends in modelshop or golden-hand carpenters. They are doomed. Let them know.