Why aren’t software architects held accountable?

An interesting question from Simon Brown, and some interesting responses.

Why aren’t software architects held accountable? – Coding the Architecture.

Personally I don’t believe in the idea of an architect contributing during only part of a project. If architecture is important (and on some work it is obviously not) then whoever is responsible for architecture needs to be involved throughout the project, and just as accountable for the outcome as any other team member.