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Architecture Working Group
The Charter of the Architecture Working Group is to expand the practice of architecture in Systems Engineering and contribute to the body of knowledge.
Co-Chair Prof. Charles Dickerson, RAE/EPSRC/BAE Chair of Systems Engineering, Loughborough University
Co-Chair Prof. Dimitri Mavris, Director, Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology
Co-Chair: Dr. Mike Wilkinson, Technical Director, Niteworks (on secondment from Atkins)

The AWG is also guided by a team of thought leaders in the community. The AWG meets twice yearly at the INCOSE International Workshop and the International Symposium. AWG Leadership meetings are held via WebEx and Teleconference.

Contact Charles Dickerson for additional information or to join this group.

Specifically, the AWG seeks to:

  • Capture and evolve the architecture body of knowledge
  • Promote the use and practice of architecture principles in systems engineering
  • Share best practices for the use of architecture in systems engineering projects
  • Increase the practice of architecture in systems engineering within AWG members’ home organizations
  • Expand the effort in architecture related standards and specifications

Much of the work of the Architecture Working Group has been presented to the membership during the International Symposiums.   Access to past symposium papers requires INCOSE membership.

Current Projects
Below are the major projects the Architecture Working Group is involved with currently:

  • ISO ‘WG42’ Support and Review
    The UK Chapter AWG is continuing its support of the ISO standard.

  • AWG Support for INCOSE Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Initiative
    The AWG is continuing its support of the MBSE Initiative and is actively seeking AWG members to join in.

  • Collaboration with other INCOSE Working Groups
    The AWG is currently supporting the Tools Working Group and has recently initiated relations with the Requirements Working Group.

  • Collaboration with IEEE Systems
    Building on the success of the AWG session in the 2010 IEEE SoSE conference and US west coast IEEE meetings, the AWG will continue to pursue opportunities to collaborate with the IEEE Systems activities.

  • Architecture Knowledge Networks
    The AWG is in the process of setting up knowledge networks related to the practice of and research in architecture. The first of these will be the AWG System of Systems Knowledge Network. This is intended to be collaborative with the IEEE. A second network is being planned for Model Driven Architecture for MBSE.

  • Internationalization
    The AWG is pursuing the development of local chapter Architecture Working Groups and is actively seeking to work with INCOSE members and organizations who want to participate.

  • TRAK
    • TRAK is released under open source licenses via the following projects on Sourceforge:
    - Overall specification at
    - TRAK Metamodel at
    - TRAK Viewpoints (specifications for views) at

Recently Released Architecture Documents Below are links to or copies of useful Architecture-related documents and references. They are presented with the permission of their copyright owners. INCOSE does not own or publish them, so please use them for reference only:

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