The Future of the Architect’s Employment

To Which Extent Can Architectural Design Be Computerised?
  • Gabriela CelaniEmail author
  • Maycon Sedrez
  • Daniel Lenz
  • Alessandra Macedo
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 527)


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.


Computerisation Design automation Architectural profession Architectural education 



The authors thank CNPq, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, and the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation, FAPESP (process number 2012/10498-3) for supporting the present research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Celani
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maycon Sedrez
    • 1
  • Daniel Lenz
    • 1
  • Alessandra Macedo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CampinasCampinasBrazil

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