A normative architecture is one based on codes and communications.
a) Where naming patterns of objects can be applied.
b) XML Schemas can be used within an organization so that different systems can be adaptive to change(s) within an organization.
c) A central normative repository in an project would also be very usefull in terms of applying security, and modularising products.
d) In my mind even certain apsects of the frameworks, if it is backed by a database design would allow it to scale and also be descriptive. One can argue that frameworks can also reflect/extend or other ways and capture this information, however there would be more control over what can be added and prevented when a framework si backed by db schema.
Just reading up on architecture ... and gathering some points.