This text holds an overview of the “architecture” of conversations, where architecture should be read as structural relationships among participants and their language exchanges in conversation. “Conversation” should be read as broadly as possible, as in the Conversation Theory of Gordon Pask , where it means interaction of any knowable type.
This piece was first written to support consulting work on behalf of Du Pont. It strives toward the formality of the source from which it is taken  but also to be prescriptive in tone. The application of this model of interaction constitutes a rigorous definition of “intelligent system” and hence holds great promise for the creation of effective systems and organizations of all forms. —August 2003