Monday, June 27, 2011

What is Architectural Design?

1)Architectural design is a concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according to a particular approach in achieving the objective(s) under the given constrains or limitations.

Architecture, Architecting and Architect, terms heard a lot nowadays. A couple of years ago we called someone programming software applications a programmer, now such a person is called a Solution Architect. Much more examples can be given according to the number of job descriptions containing the word ‘Architect'. Yes, I have to admit, my contract also states that I am an Architect. However, if the work an Architect does is architecting and the result of that work is an architecture, most job descriptions seems to be a little bit inaccurate in my opinion. To make that more clear, I will define what the architecture of a system is.

  • The art and science of designing and erecting buildings.

  • Buildings and other large structures: the low, brick-and-adobe architecture of the Southwest.

  • A style and method of design and construction: Byzantine architecture.

  • Orderly arrangement of parts; structure: the architecture of the federal bureaucracy; the architecture of a novel.

  • Computer Science. The overall design or structure of a computer system, including the hardware and the software required to run it, especially the internal structure of the microprocessor.


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