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What’s really going on in architecture – Update 3

One point emerging from the research is the importance of architecture being in alignment with the business. Which on the face of it seems logical. But here’s the rub; how do we know this is true? Why do we believe this?  Who told us it is so? And if it is so obvious why can’t we define alignment?

Those of you who are bewildered by this kind of Socratic investigation might like to consider taking part in the research which ca be found at:

We can pretty well guarantee that it’ll throw up some questions that will get you thinking!

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What’s really going on in architecture – Update 2

The production survey has now need up since late October and we have a couple of things to report. The response has been good; particularly when you consider the commitment need to tackle the monster, we have respondents from, Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Iran, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

So far I’ve made a couple of observations. First, only three female architects have participated, plainly we need more female participants.   Secondly a number of people have commented on how thought provoking the questions are!  Which is very pleasing as not only are  we doing some research, but it seems that the survey has provoked discussions in a number of architecture teams about how they do architecture, which can only be good. It seems that we’ve achieved some unintended give back already!  I’d be very interested in hearing how these discussions evolve and any consequences.

Once again I’d like to thank those who have invested the time and effort to battle through the survey and urge those of you who have partially complete surveys to complete them.  To those who keep “meaning to get to it” to do it!    Remember in architecture there is always something that has to be done, before the first thing can be done! Sometimes you just have to do it!

The survey can be found at:

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What’s really going on in architecture – Update 1

I’d like to thank those of you who have taken the trouble to respond to our very long and admittedly somewhat onerous survey. At least I was honest and told you it was a biggie. So far there have been respondents from Australia, Netherlands, USA, Russia and India. I thank you sincerely and ask you to recruit as many participants as you can from your professional connections.  After all  the better the sample the better the results will be.

This wonderful research instrument can be found at

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What’s Really Going On In Architecture

Information systems have been a fertile domain for academic researchers for more than forty years so it’s somewhat surprising when you discover how little research has been done on actually doing architecture.  Now I accept that architecture is not that old and that it is probably best dated from Zachman’s seminal paper A Framework for Information Systems Architecture (IBM Systems Journal, vol 26, no. 3, 1987), but it is 2010 and that was twenty three years ago now. I guess you could shorten the architecture horizon further; I’m sure I’ve read a claim somewhere that the term was first used by IBM in the 1990’s.  But I digress,  my point is that computing in whatever guise you take it is done by people and so it would seem reasonable that the study of people involved in computing would be well developed after 40 years and that consequently one would for example be able to find heaps of quality empirical data about the various roles involved in the development of information systems.

Well, I’d argue that this is simply not the case.  So at Angry Architect we have set about doing something about it. I fact we’ve been doing a whole lot about it for some years now. And now you can be part of this worthy endeavor.

Empirical data comes in two basic varieties, secondary data which scholars painstakingly extract from other sources which can themselves be second, third or even fourth hand accounts and primary data. Primary data as its name suggests comes “from the horse’s mouth”. Well in this case from the architects’ mouths. Working with primary source data has considerable advantages over secondary data particularly when it comes to interpretation and analysis; things are much simpler when you only have to figure out what the answer means!

Angry Architect in conjunction with a PhD research student has devised, compiled and now offers you the opportunity to participate in the most comprehensive and we hope soon; with your help, the largest ever survey of Contemporary Architectural Practice.  Our aim is to achieve a sophisticated view of our dynamic profession drawn not from hear say and opinion, but founded on hard data from real architects. We urge you to be part of this research and to encourage all your associates to do likewise, so that we architects can find out what’s really going on in architecture.

This wonderful research instrument can be found at

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