|Service-oriented architecture is a recent conceptual framework for service-oriented software platforms. architectures are of great importance for the evolution of software systems. We present a modelling and transformation technique for service-centric distributed software systems. architectural configurations, expressed through hierarchical architectural patterns, form the core of a specification and transformation technique. Patterns on different levels of abstraction form transformation invariants that structure and constrain the transformation process. We explorer the role that patterns can play in architecture transformations in terms of functional properties, but also non-functional quality aspects.