Architect Trends for 2017

March 5th, 2017


1. NatureAs the importance for sustainability grows, nature is becoming a focal point instead of an afterthought. Living walls, lush community areas and strategically placed courtyards are bringing nature to us. Eco is a growing trend across every industry and architecture is a key place for it to begin. It is not enough to just be eco-friendly anymore, you need to show it
Expect to see more nature inside of buildings and as part of the main structure in the future. A notable project is the Skai Holdings Viceroy that will create a greenery to land ration of 7:1 when it is delivered in 2018.

2. InvisibilityGreen ideas are trying to blend the buildings into their surroundings, but an increasing trend trying to make the buildings almost invisible. Architects are starting to use minimalist mirror-like facade materials to reflect the surrounding environment.

3. Simplistic InteriorsThe desire for less structured and more flowing approach has already started. In 2017 this will become more dominant, as the end user desires family multi functional spaces for entertaining.

Given the fast paced life that the majority of us lead, a sense of comfort, relaxation and simplicity is key to creating a home. It is being reflected in workplaces, restaurants, cafes and hotels as designers are tuning into this trend.

4. Infrastructure and master planningInfrastructure will retain a focus in 2017 especially in the GCC region, as expansion continues and the happiness of residences remains a key focus. Global sustainability rankings will also be considered due to the growing significance over the past years.

These elements are key in Dubai’s plans for future, where in 2016, a Minister for Happiness was introduced. There are also huge infrastructure projects currently either in the planning or construction stages. Multiple road accesses, a metro expansion, the Dubai Canal project and airport expansions.

5. Investing in training and recruitingTo remain up to date with the constantly evolving architectural landscape and remain ahead of the competition, more and more firms will realise the importance of investing in their teams.
More investment will be made by leading architects in training and developing best practices to ensure teams are able to make best use of the technology available. As such firms will place more emphasis on recruiting the best candidates for their teams. It won’t just be about skills and knowledge anymore, design styles, soft skills such as people management and values will also be taken into consideration.

More architects are searching for job opportunities than ever before and the increase in candidates means an increase in competition.