Northern Virginia Software Symposium

April 12 - 13, 2019

Choosing the Right Architecture Style

Saturday - Apr 13 8:15 AM - MEETING ROOM 9/10

Mark Richards

Mark Richards

Independent Software Architect, Author of Software Architecture Fundamentals

Whether starting a new greenfield application or analyzing the vitality of an existing application, one of the decisions an architect must make is which architecture style to use (or to refactor to). Microservices? Service-Based? Microkernel? Pipeline? Layered? Space-Based? Event-Driven? SOA?. Having the right architecture style in place is essential to the success of any application, big or small. Come to this fast-paced session to learn how to analyze your requirements and domain to make the right choice about which architecture style is right for your situation.


  • Architecture Style Classification
  • Common Architecture Styles
  • Domain to Architecture Isomorphism
  • Case Studies: Selecting an Architecture Style

About Mark Richards

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and has significant experience and expertise in application, integration, and enterprise architecture. Mark is the founder of, a website devoted to helping developers in the journey to software architect. He is the author of numerous technical books and videos, including several books on Microservices (O'Reilly), the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series (O’Reilly), Enterprise Messaging video series (O’Reilly), Java Message Service, 2nd Edition (O’Reilly), and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know (O’Reilly). Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun, The Open Group, and Oracle. He is a regular conference speaker at the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Symposium Series and has spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.