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Linda M. Northrop

Software Architecture Award


The Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award is given to an individual or team that has used software architecture to significantly improve practices, outcomes, or both in an organization or in the software-development community.

2020 Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2020 Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award is Philippe Kruchten, recently retired from the University of British Columbia.

Specializing in large, software-intensive systems design, Philippe directed the development of the Rational Unified Process, an iterative software development process framework, and developed the 4+1 Architectural View Model. His contributions as a pioneering practitioner, a thought leader, an author, and an educator have advanced the recognition of software architecture as an important topic for practitioners.

Congratulations to Philippe Kruchten on being chosen as this year’s award recipient! In previous years, the award recipient has given a presentation at the SATURN Conference. However this year, in light of current events, Philippe delivered a webcast titled Software Architecture: A Mature Discipline? which is available to watch on-demand.


The award is named for Linda M. Northrop, who led the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) program that was instrumental in the creation and development of the field of software architecture.

SEI software architecture methods are in wide use today throughout the world, documented in a series of highly acclaimed books and disseminated by means of a software architecture curriculum and certificate programs. To date, more than 21,000 people from more than 2,400 organizations have attended courses in the SEI Software Architecture Curriculum, and more than 3,000 people have earned software-architecture-related certificates from the SEI.

Nominees must demonstrate at least one of the following four award criteria:

success through architecture

Success Through Architecture

Significant, influential use of architecture as a critical factor in the successful launch of a product or system


May 24, 2021

Call for Nominations opens