Architect Job Profile


What is an Architect? Who is he and what does he do? What is the added value of an Architect in the organization? This page sheds a light on the Job Profile Standard for Architect.

Architect Definition

architect definition

The Dragon1 open EA Method defines an Architect as: The designer of total concepts for structures and the supervisor of the realization of that structure with that total concept applied.

So the focus of an architect in Dragon1 is to design an architecture, where architecture equals a specific total concept, namely a concept consisting of constructive, operative and decorative concepts.

Architect Jobs

More and more organizations offer a job with the title Architect. The level of these architects acts upon vary though. The job can be anything from Engineer to Advisor, to Designer.

From the perspective of Dragon1 an architect at best works at a strategic level for an owner/client of a structure, designing total concepts for fundamental strategic changes in that structure.

Architect Tools

Architects make use of tools to create architecture products or deliverables. The most used tools are still: Pen, Paper, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio and MS Excel.

With tools an architect can create his own building blocks, fragments and make more reuse of parts of the architecture.

Architect Deliverables

Core architecture products or deliverables an architect creates compliant to the Dragon1 open EA Method are:

  1. Architecture Repository
  2. Architecture Dossier
  3. Architecture Description document
  4. Glossary of terms
  5. Architecture Principles
  6. Architecture Models
  7. Architecture Visualizations like:
    1. Landscapes
    2. Blueprints
    3. Roadmaps
    4. Situation Sketches
    5. Sketch Total Concept Design
    6. Stakeholder Onion Diagram
    7. Different Viewpoints from the same Architecture Models

This list is not limited but gives a good impression of what architects with Dragon1 open EA Method normally create for their owner/clients.

Architect Tasks

The tasks of an Architect as designer of total concepts normally are the following:

  1. Inspire stakeholders
  2. Get a design assignment
  3. Interview stakeholders to get requirements
  4. Design a total concept (= architecture)
  5. Make detailed designs
  6. Communicate the total concept design to all stakeholders intensively for support
  7. Supervise the realization of a structure using the total concept design

Architect Training

Dragon1 Academy offers training and certification in Dragon1 as EA Tool and also in the EA Method (Dragon1 Foundation and Dragon1 Certified).

We believe that certification after training works both ways. As a professional, you need to take that extra step during training to pass the exam. This will make you master the training theory much better. And also with a certification, you can communicate much easier your competencies and capabilities to others. Therefore you cannot only certify yourself as an architect in the Dragon1 Method but also as a user in Dragon1 as EA Tool.

Architect Career

Architects often starts off with a career as analyst or designer, and via some advisory or consultancy experience, they become architects.

In the practice we see architects normally have at a minimum of 7 years of work experience in two other jobs, 3.5 years per job before they become a junior architect. Senior architects or lead architects often have more than 20 years of working experience.

Architect Competencies

Depending on the level of experience an architect has, his knowledge, skills and competencies will vary. You can check the Dragon1 Job Profile for the official list of competencies. The competencies we will list here are the Dragon1 core architect competences, distinguishing architects from non-architects.

The Dragon1 Architect knowledge, skills and competencies are:

  1. ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both functional constructive, operative, decorative and technical requirements.
  2. adequate knowledge of the history and theories of architecture and the related technologies and sciences.
  3. knowledge of the other sciences as an influence on the quality of architecture design.
  4. adequate knowledge of structure, module, system and project design, planning and the skills involved in the planning process.
  5. understanding of the relationship between people and organization, and between organization and their environment, and of the need to relate organizations and the distance between them to human needs and requirements.