Will Architectural Technology Create the Next Generation Gender Divide?

Women in BIM copy

It’s been a while since I have posted to this blog – there have been quite a few things keeping me busy lately.  One of which was this article that I was commissioned to write for Parlour.  Parlour is an Australian website dedicated to promoting gender equity and diversity in architecture.

In my writing and research I have questioned if architects will be replaced by robots or computers, and come to the conclusion that while computers are taking over the architectural office, we still have humans to tell them what to do. As Achim Menges, professor at Stuttgart Institute of Computational Design, comments, “this process can bring out the best in both humans and computers”. But is this going to be humans or is this going to be men?

Why are more women in our professions not embracing the possibilities technology can offer architectural (or interior design, or engineering) practice today? With rapid advances in technology and their increasing importance across the industry, it’s a question worth pondering.

Read the full article on Parlour’s website.

Ceilidh Higgins

Photo courtesty of BrisBIM

2 Responses to Will Architectural Technology Create the Next Generation Gender Divide?

  1. Hi Ceilidh, great article. In my opinion, I don’t think that computers will ever replace the inovative and artistic aspects of making building that people want to use.

    • Thanks and I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I do agree computers won’t replace designers entirely but they will play a significant part in design and reduce the number involved.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *