Emerging Trends That Will Shape the Future of Architecture [Updated 2019]

How will the current form of architecture look like in the future, and what possible changes are coming our way? We see massive changes in each industry around us due to the advancement in technology. We may not be closer to colonizing mars or to driving robotic flying cars, but various fields need our attention, and the architectural industry is one of them. As we are living in the age of mega sky-scrappers and the way industry has advanced in the last few decades, everything from construction techniques to architectural design has improved.

In today’s world, nothing is impossible. Architecture is improving at an alarming speed, and credit goes to technological advancements. Inspiral Architects, a leading architectural company in Bali, Indonesia, have listed down some major trends that are shaping the world around us.

Immersive Technology

With the arrival of virtual reality technology, people can now experience their ideas before it takes a physical form. It has radically changed the engineering, architectural, and construction industry. VR technology gives detailed insight for the projects in the conceptual stage. Architects can now learn how design and engineering come into play in a real time spatial environment.

Another technology that is making a big difference is 3D printing. It is one of the greatest inventions of this century. Large-scale 3D printers allow architects to create incredible structures and find out the actual limits of design. It will not be long till designs can be bought, sold and built from the click of a button.

The Smart technologies

Smart technologies are further becoming an integral part of urban development with benefits for sustainability. It greatly focuses on the smart building energy management systems, proper access to health, public service analysis, transportation solutions, and most of all the energy control. Smart buildings seemlessly cater to the needs of companies, institutions, and its inhabitants.

The development of smart technologies will allow architects to use resources efficiently, allowing for low energy consumption, to maximize efficiency. Big data is necessary to find out how people in urban spaces use energy, transport, and other aspects of infrastructure to work together and much more.

Universal Architectural Design and BIM

Today’s architects design for a diverse population. It is a challenging task to create an architecture that suits everyone from the elderly to the disabled to the young and everyone in between while still managing every functional and technical aspect that is required. Architects need to think out of the box to get past the barriers experienced by the majority of people. To create such designs, the architect must challenge the idea of normal, and the industry will quickly see the capabilities of better designed architecture. BIM technology can massively assist this and help with the transfer of information from architect, to engineer, to contractor and essentially the user. Building information modeling (BIM) is the process of creating a three-dimensional design platform that allows the architect and the engineering consultants to participate in the design process on a real-time, multidiscipline basis.

ECO-Friendly Architecture

It is a significant concern for many architects these days as the world is facing huge threats of climate change and a shortage of natural resources. To face these challenges, architects are coming up with eco-friendly solutions and focusing on dynamic ways which will eventually help in protecting our future environment and climate. Sustainable buildings will become the norm, and not some kind of speciality.

Going Vertical

Another problem which is arising is the increment of pollution in our environment and lack of space. Creative artists are finding a solution by going vertical. Not only up as we have seen, but down into the ground too. To face these challenges, architects are evermore becoming space-savvy. These ideas are not only limited to residential and commercial space allotment, but also public service design and infrastructure.


We are going to see much more of the above mentioned trends. As architects we are working to build innovative designs that last for generations to come.