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Ways of Architecting #7 - Who is architecting?

This seventh article is continuation of the series that address "Ways of Architecting".

The new aspect introduced here provide additional characterisation of architecting by focusing on who performs architecting.

Architecting can be performed in many ways, some ways are recommended by professional enterprise architecture associations, some has evolved through practices, and some exists outside the profession. A strong tradition from the IT, engineering origin of Enterprise Architecture is that a professional organisational unit, or function is responsible for architecting. However looking outside the IT/engineering departments, in the wider enterprise and its organisational units, architects are not commonly found. Instead architecting can be considered as being performed by professionals (CxO, strategist, analysts, organisation designers, managers, etc.) that co-create fundamentals (important, essential enabler, material)elements of the enterprise, make material decisions, and use the same techniques, models as architects. This often unknowingly of that what they do can be called architecting.

For the purpose of this series of articles, and not to dwell in details, an Architect is considered as: someone who works with the salient fundamental elements and the interweave that can be considered as part of an architecture. This definition is purposely loosely defined and general so it can be fitted to specific definitions of what constitutes an architecture.

Competences & Qualifications

Architecting may be performed by individuals with or without architecting/ architecture competences associated with one or more architecting approaches (see earlier articles). These competences can be acquired by practices, informal and/or formal training. Individuals, without full architecting/architecture competences, can possess specific competences that is considered as part of, enabling, or beneficial for architecting, such as: business development, strategic analysis, investment analyst, decision making, relationship management, change management, project management.

qualified architect is an individual who has acquired a title or attribute gained in education, through examination or by certification. Qualifications are in general associated with a particular approach.

Responsibility & Profession

With respect to responsibility, architecting may be performed by people:

  • with non-architecting responsibilities who work with the same or similar fundamental elements (entities, structures, mechanisms, forms, bridges, and spaces), make material decisions, and use the same techniques, models as architects. Examples include: CxO, strategist, organisation designers, analysts, managers, programme manager, manager.
  • with non-architecting primary responsibilities, that mix-in architecting work as supplement responsibilities. Examples include: Strategist, organisation designers, business analysts, process analyst, programme manager, manager.
  • people with primary architecting responsibilities. Examples include: Strategic Architect, Business Architect, Enterprise Architect, System Architect.

professional architect is someone who have a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training, established competences, formal qualifications and certifications, or someone engaged in architecting as means of livelihood. Example include: Consultant , organisational expert, Enterprise Architect.

Personal & Organisational architecting

Architecting can be performed personally, by individuals or managers for their own benefits, or as part of organisational efforts.

Organisational entities include:

  • An Architect Role is an organisational role with predominately architecting responsibilities.
  • An Architect Position is an organisational position with predominately architecting responsibilities.
  • An Architect Function is an organisational function with architecting responsibilities.

In an organisation multiple architectural organisational entities may exist that work with different subject fields and types of architecture. Examples include: Strategic Architect, Business Architect, Enterprise Architect, Process Architect, System Architect, IT Architect.

Architectural Drafter

A key part of most architecting efforts is the creation of models. Drafting and modelling does in general requires lesser levels of architecting competences and qualifications.

  • An Architectural Drafter , Modeller translate the interests of architects and interested parties, and the elements of architecture, to models, diagrams, blueprints, and/or specifications.
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