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Is Your Business Future-Ready? Unveiling the Three Pillars of the Design and Make Industries

Is your business future-ready?

This article is part of our ongoing “The Future Blueprint” series, where we delve into Autodesk’s 2023 State of Design & Make Report to bring you the latest insights and actionable advice.


Welcome to the inaugural post in our “The Future Blueprint” series! The design and make industries, the veritable melting pots of human innovation, are currently experiencing changes that can only be described as tectonic. The driving forces behind these shifts are complex and multifaceted, just like that Swiss Army knife you can’t figure out how to use.

Autodesk’s 2023 State of Design & Make Report brings us invaluable data, showcasing three key pillars that are shaping the future: Digitization, Sustainability, and Workforce. Buckle up as we take a deep dive into these pillars and what they mean for businesses in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector.

The Big Three: Digitization, Sustainability, and Workforce


If you’re still wondering whether digital tools are optional for your business, let’s cut to the chase: they’re not. The report emphasizes that the future of the design and make industries hinges on digitization. An astounding 79% of respondents said the future growth of their company will rely on digital tools. That’s not just the tech-savvy millennial crowd talking; these are industry leaders who’ve survived market ups and downs.


“Sustainability” is more than just a trendy buzzword; it’s the second leg on which the future of the AEC industry stands. In an era where the impact of climate change is more visible than ever, the call for sustainable practices has reached a fever pitch. The report reveals that 80% of industry leaders agree that adopting sustainability is a wise long-term business decision. That’s not just good for the planet; it’s good for your bottom line too.


Ah, the workforce—the human element that no amount of AI or automation can fully replace. Talent management is a prominent concern, with leaders citing “attracting and retaining talent” as a top challenge. The future of the industry rests on the shoulders of a skilled, well-managed workforce. So, how do you find these unicorns, and more importantly, how do you keep them? The key is adaptation and constant upskilling, but more on that in future posts.

Actionable Insights for Businesses in the AEC Sector

Get on the Digital Train

If your business isn’t digitally inclined yet, it’s time to board the train before it leaves the station. Start small if you need to—adopt a project management tool or a CRM system. The goal is to make digital integration a part of your business DNA.

Make Sustainability a Core Value

This isn’t just about slapping a “We’re Green” sticker on your marketing material. Sustainability needs to infiltrate your business decisions, project planning, and long-term goals. Think of it as your company’s silent, but powerful, brand ambassador.

Invest in Talent

The talent war is real, and to win, you’ll need more than just a good salary package. Consider robust onboarding programs, mentorship, and ongoing training as part of your overall strategy. The modern worker values growth and learning opportunities, so offer that, and you’ll not only attract quality talent but retain it as well.


The three pillars of Digitization, Sustainability, and Workforce aren’t just buzzwords; they are the foundational elements that will drive the future of the AEC industry. Being future-ready isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. As we continue our deep dive in the “The Future Blueprint” series, we’ll explore each of these pillars in more detail, offering expert commentary and real-world advice. Stay tuned!