The question has long plagued architects, but a new study suggests that designers who are paid for their work can see the design process as much as anyone.
The report, by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that people who receive a $1,000 award for their first design can see it through to the end, and that people with a $2,500 award can see through to their final product, the researchers found.
It’s the first study to track the design and development of a home, and the findings could be of value to both the architects and homebuyers.
“When the house is finished, the person who received the award has a clear idea of what the design of the house was based on,” the researchers wrote.
“But, because the home has changed a great deal over the course of the project, the designers have a much harder time coming to terms with what has changed.”
The report looked at the $100,000 design award that the MIT students won in 2008.
The team used data from a survey of nearly 200,000 homebuyer respondents conducted in 2011 by Trulia, an online real estate website.
The researchers found that, as a result of the survey, most of the people who received an award had the opportunity to view and comment on the final product before its completion.
“What we found is that if you’re a designer, you can see what’s changed and the design that’s been developed by the team,” said Dr. Brian F. Smith, a professor of architecture and planning at MIT.
“It’s a really powerful tool for building a strong relationship with your client.
But the real value is for the architects, because if you can’t see the work through, how can you understand the client’s vision?”
The findings, which were published on the Journal of Applied Psychology website, are significant for many architects, as well as home buyers.
The design process is what determines how a house will look and function, and in many cases, how much money the home is worth.
That process, which can take months, often has the potential to change the way a house looks or how much it costs to buy.
The MIT team found that the survey of more than 200,001 people revealed that designers are likely to see a design as much more than a simple sketch, as much of the work is done by team members working in teams to create a final product.
In their survey, they asked about the work done by designers and what it was like working with them.
They also found that they tend to view their work in terms of the total project.
When asked about how much design team members spent on materials and tools, for example, designers were asked how much they spent, and only about half the respondents saw that as the majority of their work.
In contrast, only about a third of respondents thought their design team spent significantly more than what they were paid.
“We think it’s pretty clear that design teams are much more focused on the process and are much less inclined to look at the final result and see how it looks and feel,” Dr. Smith said.
“The design team may be more inclined to work in a team, where they have the autonomy to decide what to look for and how they want to do it, and are more willing to make compromises and try different things.”
The MIT researchers also found a large gap in the design awards that went to those with more formal training.
Nearly 70 percent of the participants who received awards in the survey had less than five years of formal training, and about a quarter of them had only a high school education.
“That shows a clear bias in the process,” said Joseph L. Reardon, a senior fellow in the Institute of Architecture and Urban Design and an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
“People who have a background in design tend to be more influenced by a sense of how much knowledge they have about design and the process, rather than the actual quality of the finished product.”
As a result, the cost of an architect’s design could be less significant than that of the actual product, which is what makes home design a good investment.
“I think it really does matter how much the designer spends on materials, the materials used, the tooling used, and how much their team is willing to invest in their work,” Dr Reardon said.
“If you are going to invest a lot of money in your house, you’re going to want to get the best materials possible, because there are certain things that are going.
You’re not going to have them all, and there are things that you’re not gonna get.”
The findings also show that the design team does not always know what it is doing.
“If you can just see what the designers are doing, that really makes a difference in the quality of your work,” Smith said, “because they’re looking at it.”
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