Art and architecture: Effectively communicating models of systems

Tom McDermott, Alejandro Salado

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Systems architecting has been considered for a long time both an art and a science. The systems architect uses heuristics, stories, and models to communicate complex architectural concepts to stakeholders. As adoption of modelbased systems engineering grows, and digital models of system architecture increase in use, there is a danger that the communications gap between system architects and the stakeholders they are working for will grow. Previous work created a competency model exploring the link between art, systems thinking, and systems architecture. A further conference panel entitled 'If architectures are so useful, why are they so seldom used?' inspired a discussion of the growing communications gap between the system architect as modeler and the system architect as communicator. Decision makers cannot read and interpret formal system models. However, principles and practices of systems architecture are exhibited in the creation of film scores, fine arts, and building architecture. Reflecting on the authors' experience as practitioners and educators of systems thinking and systems architecting, this paper discusses the need for formal education in the arts as a way to bridge the communication problems that technical architects have with their stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, SysCon 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636640
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, SysCon 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Apr 24 2018Apr 26 2018

Publication series

Name12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, SysCon 2018 - Proceedings

Other

Other12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, SysCon 2018
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period4/24/184/26/18

Keywords

  • Art
  • Creativity
  • Model-based Systems Engineering
  • System architecture
  • Systems engineering education
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Control and Optimization

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