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How many screens do architects use?

By Ryan Solomon on January 10th, 2023 The use of multiple screens or multiple monitors dates back to at least the 1980s, when computer users started connecting extra monitors to their computers using specialized hardware. These early multi-monitor setups were primarily used by computer professionals such as graphic designers and traders.

The use of multiple screens became more widespread in the 1990s and 2000s, as computer hardware improved and the cost of additional monitors decreased.

Today, multiple monitor setups are common in many workplaces and even homes.

Some architects may use a single monitor, while others may use multiple monitors to increase their desktop workspace and improve efficiency.

There is no set number of screens that all architects use.

The number of screens may depend on the specific needs and preferences of the individual, as well as the size and complexity of the projects they are working on. For example, an architect working on large or complex projects may find it beneficial to use multiple monitors to display different views or documents at the same time.

On the other hand, an architect working on smaller or simpler projects may find that a single monitor is sufficient.

Benefits of additional monitors

Using additional monitors can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Increased productivity: Adding additional monitors can increase your desktop workspace and allow you to display multiple programs or views at the same time. This can help to improve your efficiency and productivity, as you can easily access and reference multiple sources of information without having to switch between windows.

  • Improved multitasking: Using multiple monitors can allow you to multitask more effectively, as you can keep relevant programs or documents open on separate monitors. This can help you to work more efficiently and reduce the time and effort required to complete tasks.

  • Enhanced visualization: Additional monitors can provide a larger and more immersive viewing experience, which can be helpful for tasks such as design or video editing.

  • Greater comfort: Using multiple monitors can reduce eye strain and neck strain, as you can position the monitors at a comfortable distance and angle. This can help to improve your comfort and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

Overall, the number of screens that an architect uses is a personal preference and can vary depending on their specific needs and goals.

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I run dual 34" curved displays at 3440X1440 resolution each side. Lots of real estate but the only problem is certain apps don't work really well in half a screen and are over-exercised if you full screen (i.e. outlook or autocad/revit). This would be my key decision for selecting a monitor size. I have started using Desktops feature in Windows 10 and 11 to arrange my various work situations (programming, cad, investing) into separate desktops and then using my mouse to quick flip between them and this works really well. This is almost better than having multiple displays. Would consider 49" single display but need to see how multi app arrangement would work and that resulting windows are of proper…

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