Report: Are architects becoming lazier because of BIM?

The latest guest column on Building Design Online poses a rather controversial question: are architects getting lazier due to BIM adoption?

Russell Curtis ponders the highly-debatable interrogative and looks at the decline in 2D architectural drawings.


“I wonder whether BIM – and by inference 3D printing – will make us better architects, or simply lazier ones”, stated Curtis.


The founding director of RCKa Architects criticises supposed ‘game-changing’ features of Building Information Modelling and believes that good architects can do a lot of what BIM brings to the table. He said:


“To its evangelists, BIM offers numerous game-changing features such as “clash detection”, but of course good architects have always done this: it just never had a catchy name. Instead we referred to it as “knowing how to design a building properly”.”


Furthermore, Curtis expresses dismay that 2D drawings may soon fall completely out of favour and he reminisces at having to use razor blades to scratch lines into drawing boards, describing each drawing as “a lovely object”. He continued:


“Yet for all the inherent frustrations of working in pen and ink, this process taught us a valuable lesson that many young architects today tend not to appreciate: every line on the page has meaning. Placing a line on a drawing was a deliberate act … I wonder whether this appreciation has now been lost by a generation unfamiliar with the joys of Burmester sets and clogged nibs.”


To read the rest of Curtis’ opinion piece, click here.


Do you agree that BIM provides “short cuts that absolve us of the responsibility of having to think about how things go together?”