“A designer knows he has achieved perfection, not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away.“
Substitute “designer” for “architect” and I think it still makes a lot of sense. Maybe not as an ultimate goal, but as a philosophy that should be used as a guideline for ones work…
“Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.”
Substitute “engineering” for “architecture” and I’d argue that it still holds true 😉
”Weeks of work can save literally hours of planning!”
Needed to remind a colleague of this recently 😉
I was reading Gene Hughson’s last post yesterday – as usual well worth it – and found a link there that was very interesting. Especially the sentence: “Architecture represents the significant design decisions that shape a system, where significant is measured by cost of change” really struck a chord with me. Not only is it very relevant for what I do, it also very relevant for other people’s perception of what I do and how I add value to an organisation. Unfortunately not everyone gets this, but hopefully this explanation can be used to improve the understanding somewhat.