Making space for innovation in architecture

Technology may be improving how architects showcase their ideas and speed up their processes, but Peter Stokes and Kershlen Moodley from dhk Architects are adamant that there is still an important place for the human touch.

01 August 2023

Peter Stokes, dhk Architects, believes technology has highlighted the industry's inefficiencies.

It isn’t long before Peter Stokes is sketching to illustrate a point. He’s a partner at dhk Architects, which has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, so I expect nothing less. “There are three generations of architects in this office, which means that there are so many different approaches to how our craft is translated,” he says. “I use new technologies, but I also still like to draw.

In the same way, someone can create amazing music with a computer, but there is an art in physically being able to play an instrument.” One of the fundamentals architects are taught at university is the importance of the connection between the mind and the hand – how you physically translate your ideas onto a piece of paper, says Kershlen Moodley, building information modelling (BIM) manager at the firm. “When you’re using computer-aided design software, it’s a click-by-click process so you don’t get the same feel for what you’re producing. When you’re physically drawing something, there’s a free flow of your ideas onto the page that can’t be replicated.”

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