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4 Recent Technological Advancements in Architecture

Technology and architecture have gone hand-in-hand since the beginning of time. As new inventions came about, from the wheel to concrete, architects have embraced them and used them to make their processes easier, simpler, and more complex — with the results being engineering marvels that we love and adore around the world.

Neenan Archistruction® is a building design and construction firm that helps those in commercial, education, government, and healthcare with their architectural design and construction needs. Our talented team brings together engineers, architects, and project managers to ensure your project is completed on-time and on-budget. We do this through a variety of tools, including our Collaborative Design Process and our target costing approaches. Below, we’ll take a look at how recent technological advancements have changed the industry. Call to get started today! 

Computer Aided Design

Coined in 1959, Computer Aided Design (CAD) has changed many industries that rely on design techniques. These include aerospace, automotive, dentistry, forensics, shipbuilding, construction crews, and architecture. These planning and design tools only get progressively better, and those like AutoCAD, Rhino, and Revit help with time efficiencies, accuracy, cost savings, design and engineering mistakes, and flexibility.

Building Information Modeling

Specifically geared for architects, engineers, and builders, Building Information Modeling (BIM) aims to form a complete, holistic picture of what a building will look like and how it will be constructed before building begins. Its aim is to reduce the costly construction problems that often aren’t discovered until construction begins. BIM helps with planning, designing, building, and operation of the structure in a virtual world in order to find and address these problems. It brings together everyone involved in the project from the beginning, often with awesome results.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) is changing many industries in incalculable ways, and architectural design is one of those industries. VR allows architects to experience their building designs in an interactive and high-resolution manner that literally creates a “walk-through” experience. This allows for details that would have been missed up until the completion of the building project to be implemented early in the architectural design and construction process.

Artificial Intelligence

Similar to VR, artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the world in which we live. This technology of machine learning sees and catches things before humans can in architectural design and construction. Plus, AI software can be customized to include local zoning laws and building codes, as well as other nuances that are often forgotten in the construction phase. It can make decisions and suggestions to the architect, help with parametric design, and make the construction phase much easier and faster. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Neenan Archistruction® is an industry leader in building design and construction for commercial industries, including education, government, healthcare, and businesses. With almost 50 years in the architectural design and construction business, our team manages the entire building process for you, whether you just have an inkling of an idea or you are looking for the perfect project manager for your commercial construction project. Our difference lies in how we do things, which we’ve coined as Archistruction®. We take a holistic approach to our design and construction methods that involve the customer every step of the way. Our mission is to bring your project from an idea to reality, and we know we cannot do that without collaboration and communication. If anything, we over communicate, which we see as an absolute good thing. From site and facility assessment to budgetary analysis and helping with rezoning, our family-owned business is here for your needs.

If you are interested in learning more about what we do, contact us today!