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Technology and artificial intelligence capabilities have skyrocketed over the past few decades, bringing a wealth of opportunities across all industries. Architects are beginning to adopt tech-focused initiatives and AI in building design. Artificial intelligence has the potential to make building design and architecture faster, easier and more efficient. These are just some of the ways professionals are embracing artificial intelligence in architecture.

Planning and Design

Architecture, engineering and construction professionals are using building information modeling, a digital 3D model-based process, to efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure. AI and machine learning solutions can help mitigate project risk factors and budget shortfalls. AI is also used to optimize building flow, by capturing video footage that collects data on people’s behavior and usage patterns in different spaces.

Construction Process

Beyond building design, there is a great potential for integrating AI into the construction process. Besides using autonomous construction machinery to help with excavation and site preparation, artificial intelligence can be used to analyze job sites and identify potential risk factors, prevent cost overruns, address labor shortages and more.

Safety and Security

Artificial intelligence plays a large role in improving safety and security in today’s commercial buildings. Building designers and architects are integrating smart security and surveillance systems into buildings to automatically detect suspicious activity and alert authorities. AI is also used in the form of smart locking systems to restrict unauthorized access to certain areas of the building.


Smart technology and AI give architects software tools and programs to build efficient sustainable buildings. Smart solutions for efficient lighting, energy, water usage and waste management can be worked into building blueprints for improved sustainability and eco-friendliness. Refined operational efficiencies can also lower utility costs for businesses.

Monitoring and Maintenance

Artificial intelligence and automation can be used to monitor and maintain building efficiencies and performance. For example, AI-based energy management platforms can pick up thermostat usage patterns in buildings to create ideal temperature conditions for tenants, conserving both energy and money. AI devices can also use data to monitor leaks, malfunctions or machine failures.