The architecture-centric design method is a novel method for software architectural design from Anthony J. Lattanze of the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University.
ACDM goals 
The key goals of ACDM are to help software development teams:
- Get the information from stakeholders needed to define the architecture as early as possible.
- Create, refine, and update the architecture in an iterative way throughout the lifecycle whether the lifecycle is waterfall or iterative.
- Validate that the architecture will meet the expectations once implemented.
- Define meaningful roles for team members to guide their efforts.
- Create better estimates and schedules based on the architectural blueprint.
- Provide insight into project performance.
- Establish a lightweight, scalable, tailorable, repeatable process framework.
ACDM stages 
Stage 1: Discover Architectural Drivers
Stage 2: Establish Project Scope
Stage 3: Create/Refine Architecture
Stage 4: Architecture Review
Stage 5: Production Go/No-Go
Stage 6: Experimentation
Stage 7: Production Planning
Stage 8: Production