Illustration: Rachel Jones | Art Direction: Scott Livingston

While over a quarter of architecture firm leaders report that there has already been a significant impact of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) on the industry today, a much more significant share report the same impact will be true in five years—at 66 percent. VR and AR are a disruptive technology in many fields, and architecture is no exception. According to AIA’s 2018 Firm Survey report, 16 percent of architecture firms, including two-thirds of firms with more than 50 employees, already use virtual reality in their practice.

The science behind the impact of the accelerated use of VR and AR on the brain is still outstanding, but clearly firm leaders are eyeing it as a technology trend coming their way.