The Role of the Architect

What it takes to be great


More and more organisations are creating the role of architect, recognising that creating and deploying an architecture demands special talents and focus. Though this is a new field, we have been working with and studying world-class system and software architects for a number of years. Based on this experience, we have identified a number of critical domains within which the architect works.

Clearly, the role has a core technical aspect to it, but this is only sufficient to create a good architecture. To create the right architecture, the architect also needs a good sense of strategy; understanding business strategy and being able to translate that into a compelling technical strategy. And that is not sufficient to ensure that the architecture is successful.

  • First, it requires organisational politics to gain and sustain the support of the management community throughout the architecture's creation and deployment to the developers.
  • In addition, to ensure the architecture doesn't simply gather dust on the engineers' bookshelves, architects need to act as consultants to the engineering community, helping them to understand the architecture and the rationale behind it.
  • Lastly, architects need to be strong leaders, aligning the organization behind a powerful vision that motivates and guides.


As an architect, you pursue excellence. You demand it of yourself and of your architecture, and you place correspondingly high demands on your organisation. This class helps you chart your path to excellence, and take key steps along it. You will work on essential architecting skills, including:

  • leadership skills such as creating and communicating an architectural vision
  • consulting skills such as interviewing architecture stakeholders, leading architecture reviews, and taking criticism constructively
  • political awareness building such as understanding organizational networks and influencing; and
  • strategy skills such as building technology roadmaps and scenario analysis

We also go into innovation, system thinking, and other areas that challenge you to new heights in the technology domain.

Target audience

Enterprise architects, system architects, software architects, process architects, and managers of architecture projects.


In the course, we will develop a model of the role, responsibilities and skills of an architect. We share stories from our real-world experience, and throughout the course we help you to build skills with experiential exercises.

This is an integrated course covering strategy, leadership, organisational dynamics/politics, consulting, system thinking, visualisation, etc. from the perspective of architects. The alternative would be individual classes on these topics and that's a lot of courses! Or a lot of books to read.

The technical aspects of the architect role, such as system and requirements modelling are introduced in this course, but covered in depth in our course on software architecture.

This course on the role of the architect addresses such questions as:

  • What skills do I need? Where should I focus my personal development?
  • What have others learned in creating architectures? What works? What does not?
  • What should we do to make our architecture successful?
  • What should we communicate, to whom?

This class covers topics addressed in the report Bredemeyer Consulting wrote for Cutter Consortium's EA Executive report series, and more. See Cutter's site to download the report.

Course details

Course setup


3 days

# Participants:

minimum 12, maximum 16

Overview of all courses

Location & costs


De Rondom 1 (TU/e campus)
5612 AP Eindhoven
The Netherlands


€ 2.150 / person (excl. VAT)*


To sign up for this course, please fill in the registration form.


Instructors will be either Dana Bredemeyer or Ruth Malan of Bredemeyer Consulting.

Bredemeyer Consulting specializes in training and mentoring software architects. We typically work with architecture teams, providing training and mentoring to accelerate their creation or migration of an architecture.

Joris van den Aker 

+31 8886 65 414



Payment & Conditions


A confirmation of order and an invoice will be sent.


Cancellation of participation can only be made in writing (letter, fax, e-mail).

When cancellation is made more than one month before the start of the programme € 150,00 administration fee will be charged.

When cancellation is made less than one month before the start of the programma, there will be no refund of the course fee.

It is allowed to nominate someone else to attend in a participant's place, provided that ESI is informed in writing at least one week before the start of the programme. It is not possible to change your participation to a different date.

In case ESI cancels the programme, the full fee will be refunded.