My question is only aimed at written English, and my only guidance is that using less words is generally better [source: 6th grade English teacher]. Hence:
The system is responsible to define standards for the construction of the architecture.
The system is responsible for standard definition guiding architecture construction.
It seems to me that in the first sentence, using "to" "the" "for" between each noun makes understanding the meaning very easy, but it feels a bit clunky.
In the second sentence, I tried to condense the actual content somewhat. But I imagine that having 5-6 such sentences in a row makes for hard reading, because the role of each noun is not as clear anymore.
Am I correct in my assumptions? The style I am aiming for is "academic".