In order to gain an understanding of the recent evolution and the current state of information systems (IS) development research, three sub-topic areas within IS development, were examined: IS development methodology, IS architecture, and IS design and modeling. Relevant papers were selected from the Association for Information Systems (AIS) "basket of eight" journals. Using these articles, an empirical method based on author keywords was used to identify categorical research trends in each of the three areas. Research trends observed in each of the categories over the past decade are discussed.