The Future of Creative Work
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The Future of Creative Work

Creativity and Digital Disruption

Edited by Greg Hearn

The Future of Creative Work provides a unique overview of the changing nature of creative work, examining how digital developments and the rise of intangible capital are causing an upheaval in the social institutions of work. It offers a profound insight into how this technological and social evolution will affect creative professions.
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Chapter 7: Robotics and artificial intelligence in architecture: what skills will architects need in 2050?

Cori Stewart, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Müge Belek Fialho Teixeira and Jonathan Roberts


With the advent of Industry 4.0 and technological evolutions, the dawn of a new era for architecture has clearly commenced. The unprecedented possibilities of robots and artificial intelligence in applications at every stage of the architectural design and construction process are transitioning from research labs to industry. At the same time, experts debating ‘the future of work’ deem architecture as one of the jobs least likely to be automated. We evaluate and expand on a skills list forecast by Bakhshi et al. in their 2017 book The Future of Skills to be crucial to the workforce of 2030. We project further ahead, outlining a list of key skills for architects in 2050. We argue that architecture demands a unique hybridity of skills that makes the profession both relatively resistant to wholesale technological outsourcing and uniquely positioned to benefit from the innovations the digital age will bring.

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