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Abstract: "An organizational strategy for design environments, asynchronous teams, is reviewed. Simulated annealing is used to implement the necessary contracting search behavior of asynchronous teams. An example of an asynchronous team design environment controlled by simulated annealing is given from the building design domain. The simulated annealing algorithm used, which has been modified for distributed use and multi-criteria, non-preference objectives, is described."