Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Impact on Architects: Disruption and Hybridization ProcessEmre İşlek, Mehmet Emin Şalgamcıoğlu
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) impact and adaptation issues to emerging technologies have been widely researched in many sectors, as information has become vital to any business activity. Architectural practice, as an informationcentric profession, is directly affected by the transformation and development of ICT. However, research on the impact of ICT on architects and architectural offices in Turkey has been limited. This study uses Grounded Theory methodology to study six cases with different ICT adaptation levels and workflows. The case study shows that architects can hybridize with new technology at the very beginning of the practice. However, increasing complexity due to the continuous transformation of ICT disrupts the habitat of hybrid architects. The disruption leads to a new hybridization phase, a complicated process for an architect who has to change the mindset of an earlier period.