This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
You can take architect level exam without having any prerequisites even SCJP. So you don't need to take SCBCD. If you feel that you are comfortable for architect level exam, you can directly go for it. But remember that exam is designed for those who have good *experiences* in JavaEE.