Software: Which Design is Architectural?

“Not all design is architectural” is widely repeated, but non-circular answers to “which design is architectural?” are less common.

A design or decision is architectural if it impacts the system as a Whole, not merely in part.

(from @visarch 2004, http://www.bredemeyer.com/pdf_files/WhitePapers/ArchitectureAsBusinessCompetency.PDF )

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