ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010 was approved for use and published in 2011. The Standard was the product of joint development by ISO and IEEE to revise IEEE Std 1471:2000, following the fast-track adoption of the IEEE Standard by ISO in 2006.

In 1995, the IEEE Architecture Planning Group (APG) was chartered by the IEEE Software Engineering Standards Committee (note: SESC is now S2ESC – Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee) to set the direction for the next generation of architecture-related standards and practices for the IEEE.

The IEEE Architecture Working Group (AWG) was formed from the earlier planning group. The AWG was responsible for implementing the APG's recommendations and chartered with developing IEEE 1471, Recommended Practice for Architectural Description.

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