If an architecture was a fish and an architect a fisherman…

There was a famous interviewonce where Barbara Walters asked Katherine Hepburn what kind of tree would she be. For me, I’ve often thought of architectures as fish. Each type of fish in a lake has a specific purpose and process. Of course that makes the architect a fisherman!

Catfish are the bottom cleaners – but they are also the base of the overall food chain. They keep the bottom flowing, and produce a lot of smaller babies for the predatory fish. They represent the overall infrastructure plumbing type services such as network, routers and naming services.

The next layer up are the cleaners, or Carp. These fish keep the system moving and cleaned. I compare them to the operations teams that architects have to interface with.

I could go on and on with the comparisons but the next couple of pieces are also important. What type of fisherman are you…

1. Catch and release – use what you need and put the rest back for the next person.
2. Rip and replace – take all the fish you catch and replenish the lake each year with fingerlings.

What kind of architect are you?