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Overworked architects are stifled by a lack of creativity

Lack of creative freedom is leading to increased stress among architects, according to recent research.

The results, based on early findings by Loughborough University research student Kate Sang, suggest that high workloads and time pressures are stifling artistic creativity.

'People become architects to see the buildings they design built - but they can't do that because of workloads, clients and money, ' said Sang. 'Long working hours, which are a good indicator of the levels of stress, are a problem. Nobody who responded to the questionnaires worked less than 40 hours a week, and most people put in more.' The study showed architects were also dissatisfied with the rates of pay and the variety of their work. Early research also revealed that a number of people felt they were 'not as good a parent as they would like to be' because of the demands of the profession. However, it seems to be a different story for those at the top. Sang added: 'People who are higher up in the organisation tend to be far happier with their lot.' Sang, who has a master's in construction management, is hoping to follow up her initial research with a series of interviews this summer, and expects to deliver her full report before the end of next year.

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