How VR is changing the way architects work with clients

Nathan Hildebrandt 23 November, 2022

Flatlay of VR headset with iPad and iPhone

Virtual Reality (VR) has significantly transformed the way we work and interact with our clients, enhancing the overall design process and client engagement process. If facilitates collaborative design, at levels that we have not experienced before. Here's how VR is helping Skewed in their collaboration with our clients:

Immersive Visualization

VR enables us to create immersive 3D virtual environments for our designs. This helps our clients better understand the spatial relationships, scale, and layout of the building or space. Our clients can "walk through" the virtual environment, experiencing the design of their project as if it were already built. This leads to clearer communication and reduced misunderstandings about design intent.

Realistic Experience

VR provides a realistic representation of the design, including materials, lighting, and textures. Our clients can get a sense of how the finished project will look and feel, leading to more informed decisions. This realism fosters a deeper emotional connection to the design and can generate excitement and confidence in our clients.

Early Design Iteration

We can quickly create and modify design concepts in VR, allowing our clients to view various options in realtime. This iterative process ensures that our clients are actively involved in refining the design. Instead of relying solely on traditional 2D drawings, our clients can now actively participate in shaping the final outcome.

Nathan demonstrating new designs to clients with VR headset

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Enhanced Communication

We can explain design elements directly within the virtual environment, simplifying complex concepts. Our clients can ask questions and receive immediate answers, leading to more effective communication and a stronger sense of collaboration.

Problem Identification and Solving

VR allows Skewed and our clients to identify potential design issues early in the process. Our clients can point out concerns directly within the virtual space, leading to quicker resolutions and avoiding costly changes during the construction phase.

Reduced Risk and Costs

By experiencing the design in VR before construction, our clients can make more informed decisions about design elements, reducing the likelihood of changes during construction. This minimizes rework and associated costs.

Client Engagement and Satisfaction

VR experiences leave a lasting impression on our clients. The ability to see and interact with the design in a virtual environment enhances the overall client experience, fostering a sense of involvement and ownership in the project.

Our Process and Use of VR

As part of our design process, we bring our VR headset to every client meeting. This enables clearer communication with our clients and facilitates greater collaboration. We know that through the use of technology, we are providing the best environment for all of our clients to understand the design of their projects earlier, facilitating better outcomes.

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Registered architect Nathan Hildebrandt specialises in architectural designs for new homes, renovations and extensions throughout Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast.