Experts reveal architecture predictions for the next decade

How will the world of architecture change over the next 10 years? Find out from the experts.

By Hugh Metcalf | 2 January 2020

As we enter a new decade, architects, designers and experts predict the trends that will define architecture in 2020 and beyond.

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Image: Cathy Hawley’s Glodsmith Street social housing/Tim Crocker/RIBA 

As the world has changed dramatically in the past decade, so has how we look to construct our built environments. But how will they way we build new homes change in the next 10 years?

Globaldata talked to leading architects, engineers and designers about their predictions for the coming decade – these are the results.

Architects will drive sustainable building

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Image: House made from sustainable cork. RIBA/Magnus Dennis 

Robert Adams, founder of Adams+Collingwood, says that architects will come back to have a stronger hand in the construction process, leading the way with sustainable best practices that are of the utmost important in the current climate, with a continued focus on zero-carbon homes.

“Architects will return to the forefront of the construction team, but not in the same way that they used to be in the post-war years; more as leaders of a sustainable build revolution,” he says.

James Brindley, director at Design Haus Architecture, also says that virtual reality will play a much greater role in the world of architecture going forward, and that it’s likely to become an industry standard, even with smaller firms, as a tool in the design process.