Message - Re: Who is responsible for the materials selection???

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Posted by  Arthur on November 24, 2003 at 09:40:30:

In Reply to:  Who is responsible for the materials selection??? posted by Fatima on November 24, 2003 at 08:09:32:

Try this--
Historically speaking, architects are responsible for selecting 95% of the products installed on an average-sized project.

A recent [2002] study designed to uncover how architects make product decisions yielded a particularly interesting fact: architects, on average, must select 1,500 products and make over 17,000 decisions on what is bets for the project and the owner. Thatís 17.000 answers to 17,000 important questions. How big? How high? What color? What shape? What style? Moreover, what products will give the owner exactly what they have paid the architects to design? The list of questions about what products to incorporate in a project can be overwhelming for architect and their clients.

Clients will ask for, or make general selections-- brick, siding, etc. ,but it is the architect who makes the final decision as to type, stye and color [in conjunction with the client] In home building, it is the builder who functions in this way, since few architects still do homes. Developers also make general decisions for the image they wish to project, bu the fundamental, technical decision comes from the architect or engineer [depedning on the type of building involved]. Your information is a bit skewed, in my view, and I hope this helps a little in reagrd to the United States and how things function.

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