As one of KEPHART’s R&D Day teams that explored technology and design, we set out to determine if AI (artificial intelligence) would be a useful tool for designing multifamily elevations and floor plans. As part of our research, we explored the capabilities of six different design programs – Chat GPT, Fotor, Maket, Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, and Veras. Over the course of the day, we learned a great deal about these AI architectural design programs and how they work. Below is a summary of our key findings.
We enjoyed our day exploring a variety of AI architectural design programs, and we were glad to discover that we haven’t been worked out of a job…yet! While these tools were interesting to use, they have a long way to go before they can effectively improve our workflow. Right now, we see these programs as effective design tools to help us collaborate with our clients to determine the right architectural style to pursue during the early stages of a project. We also see these programs being helpful when we want to change the architectural style of an existing building to fit within the context of a new region. We plan to continue exploring these different tools to see how they evolve and, hopefully, someday improve the speed and efficiency of the design and development process.