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Nearly Half of UK Architects Using AI in New Projects

Artificial Intelligence technology is gaining acceptance around the world, including in Great Britain, a new study reports.

As a sign of the growing acceptance of artificial intelligence technology, a new report from the Royal Institute of British Architects found that close to half of all architects in the country are using AI in their projects.

The survey, the first such by the organization, found that 41% of all UK architects are using the technology “on at least the occasional project.” More than four in ten of those architects responded in the survey that they believe it has improved the efficiency of their design process, according to the online design newsletter Dezeen.

Architects said they are currently using the technology for the automation of admin-based tasks and to reduce the carbon footprint of projects in connection with digital twins.

RIBA president Muyiwa Oki called AI “the most disruptive tool of our time, and we cannot overstate its role in shaping the future of architecture – from the character of our cities to the quality of our built environment.

“Our findings show architects are curious and open-minded about AI, and some of us are true pioneers,” he added.

Among the architects’ comments on the survey, one said, “We use AI to provide code for the automation of various aspects of project and document management, but still to a very limited degree.”

Said another, “We use virtual environments and digital twins to achieve a radical reduction in the carbon, energy, waste and waste footprints of costly physical construction.”

Added Oki, “By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and a culture of responsible innovation, we can harness the power of AI to create a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable built environment. There’s no turning back.”

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