Currently I'm a software engineer at my company. We've been using ASP classic for a while and in our search for improvement we as a department have been striving to make a switch to C# ASP.NET.
I overheard my manager talking about architectures and told him I'd like to assist since I already had some knowledge about it. So I was assigned as the one who did the research towards architecture and how to support our department in an orderly fashion as we grow.
This was important as the current switch in languages is more than just the language itself but also the methodology.
As I kept researching I seem to have kindled a passion towards architecture and how this can be combined within the software development environment. So I wish to develop myself within the next several years towards becoming a software architect.
Currently my company has a lot of developers but hassn't matured enough to expand towards other jobs such as architects, business analysts, etc. However they still wish to know more and develop the company in a more orderly and mature fashion.
So to summarise. How do I grow from a software engineer position towards a software architect position in a company that doesn't know software architects?