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The signs are not good. A recent CIO Survey reported a big decline in demand for architects. Some highly respected experts are promoting new concepts, such as evolving microservices and "Death Star" diagrams which appear to defy many architecture conventions. I have worked in several organisations where I have been told not to mention architecture because executives are still angry about previous failed initiatives. These are not isolated instances. Visit any of the busy architecture community forums and you will find numerous discussions about the woeful state of the discipline and proposals for how to remedy the situation. My current role is focused on the enterprise architecture aspects of the CIO's portfolio so this is all a bit worrying. Can we save architecture? Should we try?