It is the mark of an educated man and proof of his culture that in every subject he looks for only so much precision as its nature permits.
- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Architecture is used by a variety of disciplines to describe both a set of artifacts (representations of the architecture) and the actions and methods which produce these artifacts. As artifacts, architectures describe the structure of a system, how this structure creates or enhances desirable properties of that system, and how it evolves with time. As a body of practices, architecture strives to incorporate learning about product structures gained from experience acquired developing and operating similar systems. Architectures organize this knowledge so that it can be applied to similar problems as they arise in design and construction, on both current and future projects.
In the book Beautiful Architecture, Grady Booch describes the common multi-disciplinary threads which weave through all this meaning: