Architecture Designs

Next to architecture, Dragon1 recognizes architecture designs.

A design is a building plan. An architecture design is a plan for how to realize an architecture. An architecture is a total concept for a structure.

Architecture designs are most commonly created in a design book.

The following standard architecture designs are recognized:

  • Enterprise Architecture Design
  • Business Architecture Design
  • Information Architecture Design
  • Application Architecture Design
  • Data Architecture Design
  • Technical Architecture Design
  • Security Architecture Design

An architecture design contains models, views and visualizations at conceptual level with concepts, at logical level with elements, at physical level with components and at implementational with technical products.

Dragon1 differentates the following five levels of designs:

  • Conceptual architecture design - containing descriptions and models, views, visualizations and scenarios of concepts and principles at conceptual level and design sketches of total concepts.
  • Preliminary architecture design - containing descriptions and models, views, visualizations and scenarios of elements and principles at logical level..
  • Defintive architecture design - containing descriptions and models, views, visualizations and scenarios of components and objects at physical level
  • Detailled architecture design - containing descriptions and models, views, visualizations and scenarios of technical products at implementational level
  • Contract documents - Names and numbers of products of suppliers

In practice we also see architecture design documents that contain four diagrams, each for 1 level and 1 page with an orderlist of items to buy.

Please also read the Architecture Design Framework page.

Check the section on processes for when to create an architecture design.

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