How Does Architecture Impact Society? 

by | Feb 24, 2023

How Does Architecture Impact Society? 

From the monumental structures of previous lifetimes to the residences and buildings that make up the fabric of a city today, we can learn a lot about who the people were who inhabited them long before our time.

By studying the built environment of the past, combined with modern-day research on psychology and the environment, we’re coming to understand the effects of architecture on people in entirely new ways, which begs the question: Just how does architecture impact society? The art of architecture has been around for as long as humans have built buildings and homes. At its roots, architecture exists to create the physical environment in which people live, but architecture is more than just the built environment, it’s also a part of our culture.

While the concept of shelter is a fairly simple thing, the style of buildings was originally shaped by the climate of a particular location, what materials were readily available, as well as the values of the society building them. As the world became more and more connected, the styles evolved, but even in modern construction, there is still an importance in honouring the cultural nuances in the built environment. For instance, hotter countries in the middle east choose to use materials that will not come under future strain from the intense heat, whereas the UK can allow for these. It is important that architects continue to push the boundaries of buildings in new ways, for the pure pursuit of the craft. 

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The Role Of An Architect 

Architecture is both an art and science. Here at Trower Davies, our design process includes spending a considerable amount of time getting to understand the client, the community, and the environment the project will be in well before any drawings are even started.

Having this understanding will then in-turn make the project run a lot smoother and gain better results. We strive to learn from previous projects, both ones we’ve done ourselves, and successful projects of similar scope done by others. 

Technology 

Technology also contributes to the practice of architecture and its impact on society. Our access to global data, research evidence and the ability to communicate instantaneously with anyone anywhere in the world have drastically changed the profession, something that those who lived hundreds of years ago were not able to access when it came to architectural projects.

Architects can take on projects on entirely different continents, and draw from a workforce globally, with the popularity of working from home going hand-in-hand with that of the role of an architect. Technology also has changed the way we design: computer-aided drafting, BIM modeling, and virtual reality, to name a few, have made it much easier to bridge between vision and reality, create unique and complex shapes and convey information in ways that make the process more effective than ever before.

There are countless ways that architects can continue to evolve the occupation and respond to the changing needs of our society. The rise in technology in the last 20/30 years has significantly helped take the industry to the next level, but also the different roles involved and evolved also. A successful project comes from understanding that the spaces and buildings we love most are created from the process of collecting and implementing all this knowledge and research as a collective. It’s been shown that people who work in well-designed spaces and teams take less sick leave, are more focused, and generally contribute more to their company.

While designing for function is certainly crucial, it’s important to tap into that emotional connection as well, as they both speak to the sense of experiencing architecture. It’s not just an intellectual understanding, but a connection between the user and the space itself. Architecture is a lot more than drawings and models, it is beautiful, awe-inspiring architecture, or simply a mindful connection to nature, helping architects to feel more relaxed, happy and engaged with the project at hand.