We view software architecture as an eclectic practice, combining ideas from many areas of computer science and software engineering. Reuse of these ideas and existing knowledge is paramount to the effective practice of the architectural discipline. Luckily, the popular movement of design patterns has codified and documented a great deal of software knowledge for this purpose. We believe that software architects should also be pattern literate.
What the design patterns community has done is to make the reuse of lessons learned into a popular, trendy approach. Patterns represent a rejection of originality as a technical goal, including an active avoidance of the Not-Invented-Here (NIH) syndrome.