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A practitioner that mediates between conflicting concerns to create a complete design of a complex system by ensuring consistency between various specialised views.

The word architect is an overly used one, there are many people that call themselves by the term but either don't deal with complex systems or focus in on narrow elements of the design.

Many Views of a System

However a good Information Architect has to integrate between a wide range of different specialists, they do create a variety of pictures each of which meets the needs of specialist implementers. So, in my opinion, they do deserve the label.

Good architects also have a long Horizon of Concern, they are continually attempting to understand the principles on which the solution must be built rather than the details of the technology. This is why good architects focus on documenting the patterns employed by successful implementations.

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