The future of the architect’s employment: To which extent can architectural design be computerised?

Gabriela Celani, Maycon Sedrez, Daniel Lenz, Alessandra Macedo

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This paper was motivated by Frey and Osborne’s [1] work about the probability of different occupations being computerised in the near future, titled “The Future of Employment”. In their study, the architect’s profession had a very low probability of being automated, which does not do justice to the past fifty years of research in the field of architectural design automation. After reviewing some concepts in economics and labor, and identifying three categories of tasks in regards to automation, we propose a new estimate, by looking independently at 30 architectural tasks. We also took into account the reported advances in the automation of these tasks through scientific research. We conclude that there is presently a change in skill requirements for architects, suggesting that we have to rethink architectural education, so architects will not need to compete against the computer in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-212
Number of pages18
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design, CAAD 2015 - São Paulo, Brazil
Duration: 8 Jul 201510 Jul 2015


  • Architectural education
  • Architectural profession
  • Computerisation
  • Design automation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics


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