Virtual reality is everywhere, and it is quickly gaining traction in the architecture industry. VR is in the early stages, but larger architecture firms have already begun to make major investments in it, establishing departments to manage the creation of VR models plans to help clients more easily see an architect’s vision.

VR is likely to become increasingly important for architects in the very near future. It is a natural extension of the growing use of three-dimensional modeling/building information modeling (BIM) software.

Younger architects have come up using these tools and are more comfortable working in 3D, which helps them better understand the whole space in which they’re designing. VR can take these 3D models and convert them into something that enables the layman to see what a design will look like in real life, without having to understand floor plans, elevation, and other traditional media of architectural design.

By providing clients with a VR model to experience, the design process can be a more collaborative, successful venture. Clients can get a better sense than before of what the final product will really look like, and it is an incredibly useful tool for setting expectations and tackling conflicts in the early stage of the process.

For this reason, big firms are moving fast and investing a lot to incorporate VR in their design process. Using VR models means adding another step to the design process, taking a BIM design and converting to a VR model for the client to experience. Read more from…

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