Mark Richards

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's 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's the author of numerous O’Reilly technical books and videos, including several books on microservices, the Software Architecture Fundamentals video series, Enterprise Messaging video series, Java Message Service, second edition, and a contributing author to 97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know. Mark has a master’s degree in computer science and numerous architect and developer certifications from IBM, Sun Microsystems, The Open Group, and Oracle. He's spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics.


The move toward modularity

October 16, 2017

Mark Richards explores the history and patterns of architectural modularity, and explains why modularity is so important.

The evolution of software architecture

October 20, 2016

Mark Richards discusses the factors that have enabled the evolution of software architecture over the past three decades and explores what the future of software architecture might look like.


The soft skills of software architecture

January 26, 2016

Mark Richards focuses on the essential soft skills of architecture, including working with architecture teams, leadership skills, leveraging checklists, negotiation skills, and facilitation skills.