A Non-Coding Architect (NCA) can be detrimental to the success of a project.  These Word/IvoryTower architects can be pretty dogmatic when it comes to standards and back-in-the-day methods.  A couple of weeks ago, I read this really great post that  and gives you some pointers on how you can help alleviate the situation.

It's a pretty good read so go check it out!

Before I forget, the blog author, , is a java developer so he uses some J2EE that you might not be familiar with and should check out if you have the time.