SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
RE: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
From: Alex Wright (alexwright_at_email.com)
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 15:10:03 EDT
One key distinction between IAs and "real" architects lies in the inherently
collaborative - rather than authoritative - relationship of the IA to the
builders. Whereas a building architect may indeed "specify what others
build," the real-world IA more typically _negotiates_ what others build
within a team development framework.
To Jeff's point about the relative hands-on nature of IA work, perhaps we
might bear in mind that all any of us really does in this business is create
figurative representations anyway; nothing ever really gets "built" in any
permanent sense. The final production assets of a Web site have no more
literal substance than, say, a site map or a concept diagram.
One might even argue that IAs have the most hands-on role of all,
trafficking as much as we do in whiteboards, 11x17 paper, and sundry
director, user experience
on 4/24/00 5:10 PM, Jeffrey Veen at jeff_at_veen.com wrote:
> The analogy to those who design, plan, and implement real world buildings
> is accurate here, of course, but with an interesting twist. HTML is easy.
> So are Web sites, speaking relatively. I wonder how many architects
> actually get up on the roof with a nail gun and spend a few hours in the
> sun. Or operate a crane. Or do the framing.
> In other
> words, I spend a lot of time on the roof with a nail gun seeing if my
> visionary design will leak or not.
> how does this change the way we approach our craft?
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