Iasa 5 Pillars of Architecture

The IT Architect Body of Knowledge is a collection of architectural standards and best practices that have been designed and compiled by architects for architects. The collection consists of the “Five Pillars of Architecture”:

These five skill categories comprise the Foundation Body of Knowledge for all IT architects and is the common thread in all of Iasa’s training and certifications. It is meant as a high level overview of the 5 pillars of architecture and is focused on architects new to the industry yet all architects, regardless of their expertise, will benefit from the direction outlined in this e-book.

Additional information: Iasa’s members are currently working adding to this body of knowledge by creating a capability guidebook. If you are interested in learning more or to become a part of this effort, please click here.

Table of Contents


1.1 – Overview
1.2 – What is an IT Architect?
1.3 – Positioning the Architect Specialization Inside the Organization
1.4 – IT ARCHITECTS’ Challenges:
1.5 – How Do You Describe Value?

2.1 -Overview
2.2 – Business Fundamentals
2.3 – What Strategy is
2.4 – Business Valuation
2.5 – Determining Financial Value
2.6 – Architecture Methods and Tools
2.7 – Requirements Discovery and Constraints Analysis
2.8 – Strategy Rationalization and Development
2.9 – Investment Prioritization and Planning
2.10 – Portfolio Planning
2.11 – Knowledge Management
2.12 – Decision Support
2.13 – Project Prioritization—Business Cases
2.14 – Describing Value 2.15 – Constituent Value

3.1 -Overview
3.2 – Presentation Skills
3.3 – Principles of Presentation
3.4 – Customer Relationships
3.5 – Leadership and Management
3.6 – Crisis Management
3.7 – Writing Skills
3.8 – Peer Interaction
3.9 – Collaboration and Negotiation
3.10 – Managing the Culture

4.1 – Overview
4.2 – Platforms and Frameworks
4.3 – Application Development
4.4 – IT Governance Model
4.5 – Infrastructure Servers and Networks
4.6 – Operations
4.7 – Technical Project Management
4.8 – Change Management
4.9 – Asset Management
4.10 – Testing Methods, Tools, and Techniques
4.11 – Project Prioritization
4.12 – How to Select Projects

5.1 – Overview
5.2 – Characteristics
5.3 – Usage-Related Quality Attributes
5.4 – Operation-Related Quality Attributes
5.5 – Support-Related Quality Attributes
5.6 – A Closer Look
5.7 – Security
5.8 – Balancing Quality Attributes
5.9 – Packaging and Deployment
5.10 – Managing and Monitoring Quality Attributes

6.1 – Overview
6.2 – Whole Systems Design
6.3 – Design Methodologies and Practices
6.4 – Requirements Modeling
6.5 – Decomposition and Reuse
6.6 – Patterns and Styles
6.7 – Design Analysis and Testing
6.8 – Architecture Description
6.9 – Views and Viewpoints
6.10 – Traceability Throughout the Life cycle

7.1 – Overview
7.2 – Scope, Context, and Roles
7.3 – Engaging Organizing Principles
Iasa Career AND Certification Paths
Iasa Specialization Tracks

Pricing Options:

Self-paced ITABoK

Basic/non-member = $100
Full member = $50

Self-paced ITABoK & Exam

Basic/non-member = $425 (Includes Full Membership – $125 value)
Full member = $300

If you have previously attended an Iasa Architect Core course you would have received access to this material (Architect Core Online pre-work).