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Solution architecture is a practice of defining and describing an architecture of a system delivered in context of a specific solution and as such it may encompass description of an entire system or only its specific parts.

I want to say that I've specialties in Web Applications and (plural of) Solution Architecture

Which one is the correct?

I have specialties in Web Applications and Solution Architectures.

or

I have specialties in Web Applications and Solutions Architectures.

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I have specialties in Web Applications and Solutions Architects.

or

I have specialties in Web Applications and Solution Architects.

  • I would say this was opinion-based. Expressions like "Solution Architect" are known as technobabble, meaningless words intended to flummox the uninitiated. – Chenmunka Jul 17 '15 at 14:04
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Unlike, say, Spanish (or Portuguese, I suppose), English only ever pluralizes one word out of a set that go together. For noun phrases like this, it's the last word, so "Solution Architectures" is correct. (A "solution architect" is what you'd call a person with that specialty, but you can't generally say that you specialize in people with a specialty.)

  • Which noun phrases are noun phrases like this? Is sales management unlike it, and if so, how? – Jim Reynolds Oct 19 '16 at 16:48
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Great question because it demonstrates one of the traps in English for a new speaker. Nathan's answer is a perfectly correct response to the question if we were only looking at it from the point of view of English grammar. BTW, I've also seen it written as Solutions Architecture (but that's verging on the pretentious in my opinion...)

However, the question is raised in the context of an ICT job application or CV and here you have to look a little closer at what is meant by the noun phrase Solution Architecture.

Solution Architecture is both a thing: "I designed the solution architecture for x" and a skill/discipline: "I studied solution architecture as part of my degree"

Looking back at what the OP wants to say and his first example:

I want to say that I've specialties in Web Applications and (plural of) Solution Architecture

I have specialties in Web Applications and Solution Architectures.

I have to admit here that I'm looking at this through the filter of 15 years of reading ICT job applications but the first part of this is a bit weak and a bit vague:

I have specialties in Web Applications

Well, so does my daughter because of the time she spends on Facebook and Instagram

I have specialties in Web (or Web Application) development

is clearer and stronger and is a clue on how to approach the next part - it would be grammatically and semantically correct to say Web Developments but nobody uses it and it would be a giveaway that you are struggling with the language a bit. If you wanted to use the plural form then

I have been responsible for the solution architectures of numerous significant systems

would be quite effective.

Keeping to your brief form though you are probably best to keep to the skills:

I have specialties in Web Application development and Solution Architecture.

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