1. Business models
A move towards platform consultancy models based on particular specialisations, using browser or software subscriptions to offer specific services to a larger number of clients. There is also an AEC version of what the software industry would call a full-stack service. Integrating the supply chain of design and construction, approaching the design of a building more like you would a product. This takes advantage of increasingly accurate and efficient offsite construction. Some companies are going one step further and interweaving the design of space across the full life cycle of a building.
2. Intellectual property
As complex design and legal knowledge move into automated services online, the ability to replicate and share that knowledge becomes exponential. Which is great because it makes design services more accessible and affordable, and opens up a much wider market for those services to cater to, like direct development by SMEs or self-builders.
3. Disciplinary boundaries
As digitisation starts to optimise both the workflow and supply chains throughout the construction process, the traditional place of design (after the brief and before planning) shifts from being a single step in the process to something that applies to each stage in the building lifecycle. Part of what allows this shift is increased automation of repetitive tasks within the design process, from drafting to regulatory compliance.