It’s no secret that architecture and technology go hand in hand—just take a swipe through our project database to see a deluge of stunning structures that would be impossible without the profession’s ever-expanding suite of software. Whether architects are conceiving everyday homes and offices or the headline-making architecture of blobs and crystals, technology acts as buildings’ backbones long before (and long after) the first cornerstone is laid.
That’s why we’ve carved out a new category in our A+ Awards program, Architecture + Technology, conceived to celebrate projects that are the direct result of new innovations. When the Architecture + Technology award winners are announced this spring, you’ll get an insider’s view onto the sort of projects that would have been inconceivable a few years ago. It’s a chance to spotlight how technology and creativity go hand-in-hand. We’ve teamed up with Microsoft to sponsor the category.
Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be highlighting three blue chip firms of varying sizes that have taken up the Microsoft Surface Pro—that revved-up tablet that everyone’s been talking about—as a vital tool in their daily practice. We’ve just begun to watch architects use the Surface Pro, and they’re amazed by how agile the device is at bridging the gap between tablet portability and desktop horsepower. They can use the pressure-sensitive pen to mark up plans and take notes on the same device that runs programs like the Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Revit, and many others that architects use on a daily basis. We’re seeing users fall in love with their Surface Pro as they take their digital plans directly to the construction site, and collaborate creatively virtually anywhere.
Creative professionals across a variety of disciplines are discovering new possibilities through new digital tools. We’re proud to partner with an innovator like Microsoft to present technology that can advance the state of the art in architecture. For a glimpse at future possibilities of the platform, check out this video that Microsoft did with Art Center in Pasadena, California:
We can’t wait to show you our hand-picked team of firms putting the Surface to the test in the upcoming months. Together, Architizer and Microsoft are revealing architects can ignite their creativity and connect the dots of their practice like never before with mobile technology.