This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
They used to say that they were unrelated, and that you could get the architect cert without going down the programmer's route. In fact I know someone who did just that, got his Architect cert back in '99 without doing the others. But, Suned has just reorganized their web site, http://suned.sun.com/USA/certification/java/index.html The new site makes it look like there is a definite track of programmer -> developer -> architect. But there is nothing explicitly stating any prerequisites. dan'l