A product development organizational structure where software architects work on a team separate from the development team can be a recipe for dysfunction, reduced quality, and poor morale.
The corporate ladder for software developers can lead to the software architect job. An architect usually works on a team of architects who are responsible for early application architecture design, approval at points during development, and approval before production launch.
The development team inherits constraints defined by the architect. During execution, the development team checks in with an architect at specific checkpoints or when the constraints defined by the architect are challenged.