A rush of Deja-Vu's spurted through my grey memory-box... had I not been an Architect when working for the ICT company in The Netherlands. Indeed, we belonged to the team of Infrastructure and Architecture of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). So, yes, in a sense the circle is full-round.
I remember the endless and provocative discussion we as a team had at that time about the field-of-expertise of an Architect, especially one for Software and Hardware. The Association of Architects didn't like us IT-people to use 'their' name-tag.
But if you can't decide on a definition of an Architect, you can't blame others for using it.
For your interest, an Architect is defined by Steven P. Davis, Vice President of IT for Walt Disney Studios;
"'Software architect' is a great expression," Davis says. "It means so many things to so many different people. I want to talk about the organizational changes that may impact you in software development, how it affects the life-cycle, and the cultural issues that go along with it."
According to Davis, software architecture fits between enterprise architecture and application architecture. He compares an enterprise project to a city planning endeavor. It involves the city government, which provides the infrastructure for the project; the main contractor, which designs the project; and the building contractor, which exploits the infrastructure's resources and ensures the design will work within the boundaries of the infrastructure.
Thanks to Professor Edmond Bordeaux Székely there is even a science, called Archeosophy.
The etymological meaning of the Greek word "arch-" is threefold.
I - In the combined form archeo- means "old" just like in the word archeology.
II - In the pre-verb archi- means: earthly-, the most prominent, the most important, as in arch-angel and arch-bishop.
III - As Arche- its meaning is "first", "original", like in archetype.
The word "Archeosophy" uses all three meanings. It is about Wisdom of ancient origin: the wisdom that has been here first, already at the beginning, and the wisdom that is the most important.
The Archeosophy tries to go back in time chronologically to discover the organic evolution of the ideas and to analyze the ideologies that preceded the master books (such as the Bible, the Scripts of Pta Hotep and the Book of Death of the Old Egypt, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Tjing, the Four Books of Confucius, the Upanishads and the Veda's from India and the Zend Avesta of Zarathustra) and to find out their sources of information.
So high stakes, the hunt for the ultimate base of Knowledge. To me it sounds almost like the Da Vinci Code...
Anyway, I will stick to my limited power of writing about other people's smart inventions and my interpretation thereof.
Back to class, we have build 'buildings'... because that is what architecture is about ;o)
== Beauty and Function ==
== Art and Design ==
Some used Silver-foil as their material to build the walls
others used matches...
and I tried the old Card House
Dome of Cards
After we had built our building, we made a top-view on a piece of paper to communicate the layout of the building to a prospect (the Tate Gallery, perhaps?).
Plan of the building
Tomorrow, we will draw a side-view and a slice-view. After which we will paint a series of views as if one is walking through the building.
So we will know what a Joker looks like at men's height ;o)