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ISO/IEC 42010:2007 defines architecture description:

A collection of products to document an architecture.

and then goes on to say:

Every system has an architecture, in the terms of this recommended practice. An architecture can be recorded by an architectural description (see Figure 1). This recommended practice distinguishes the architecture of a system, which is conceptual, from particular descriptions of that architecture, which are concrete products or artifacts. Architectural descriptions (ADs) are the subject of this recommended practice.

There is therefore a difference between the architecture and architecture description.

In the conceptual framework of this recommended practice, an architectural description is organized into one or more constituents called (architectural) views.



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