The architecture of a software system is the outcome of architectural design decisions. There are many existing approaches which facilitate decision making, decision modeling and architecture evaluation on the basis of quality attributes but there is no technique which provides a complete approach for decision making, decision modeling and evaluating the architecture in software architecting process. In this paper, we present a literature review and critical evaluation of existing approaches. On the basis of critical evaluation of existing approaches, we propose a model, which provides a comprehensive approach for software architecture design process. Our approach provides a knowledge base and also provides the evaluation of architecture in architecting process. Our model provides a systematic way of architecting to increase the effectiveness and consistency of architectural design decisions.
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