In a digitally-transformed world, the architects proficient in using VR/AR/MR tech are well placed to design the spaces and environments of the virtual world.
We’ve found that some new clients and partnerships have actually come out of this crisis. For example we’ve joined up with a lighting company to help them create a virtual gallery for their products.
A new depth to the client relationship was seen as a benefit by a number of respondents.
Since the lockdown, we’ve had to change the way we work with our clients – but we’ve used the tools we have got to make a positive change. Because we are no longer physically standing up and presenting something to them, the interaction has become much more conversational and collaborative. The act of discussing, rather than presenting, has had a massive effect on the engagement of our clients.
Project Architect at Urbanist Architecture
Some studio owners are predicting that in the shorter term, as everyone adapts to the new normal which involves spending a lot more time at home, people will be thinking about upgrading their living spaces.
Spending more time indoors may give people an accelerated understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their homes. We hope there will be a spike in work coming in once the restrictions are released because people will be saying “right this home definitely doesn’t work, we definitely need to change this, or we definitely need to move because this house is never going to give us what we need” so there will be a spike in work at that point.
Owner at Studio McLeod