International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR

ArchNet-IJAR is an interdisciplinary scholarly open access journal of architecture, planning, and built environment studies. The journal aims at establishing a bridge between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, and urban planning and built environment studies.

ArchNet-IJAR is indexed and listed in several databases, including:

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture
  • CNKI: China National Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Pro-Quest
  • Scopus-Elsevier
  • Web of Science Core Collection of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)
  • Many university library databases

ArchNet-IJAR is also archived by ArchNet, the most comprehensive online community for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars working in these fields, developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in close cooperation with, and with the support of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.


ArchNet-IJAR was established in 2007 and is led by the Chief Editor Professor Dr. Ashraf M. Salama since then. The journal is supported and managed by co-editor: Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian and two international boards (advisory and editorial) ensure the quality of scholarly papers and allow for a comprehensive academic review of contributions spanning a wide spectrum of disciplinary issues, methods, and practices.

To submit your articles to ArchNet-IJAR, please register then visit our online submission page and guidelines to authors



Archnet-IJAR Editorial Decision on Processing Fees


We have now finalized review of our funding model and we are pleased to announce that Archnet-IJAR is still able to continue following the full Open Access Model with no processing fees required from individual contributors to regular issues.

Requests for thematic and conference-based special issues will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon request from potential guest editors.

Posted: 2017-10-16 More...

Archnet-IJAR Forthcoming Special Issue: FARU 2017 - Design that cares


Archnet-IJAR Forthcoming Special Issue: FARU 2017 - Design that cares: Interdisciplinary approach to making built environments efficient and meaningful

Archnet-IJAR – International Journal of Architectural Research will invite extended papers from the proceedings of FARU 2017. The Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka are jointly organizing the 10th international research conference on architecture/built environments in Colombo between 08th and 10th December 2017. 

Invited papers from the proceedings can be sent to Archnet-IJAR for the publication in a special issue in July 2018 under the title of “Design that cares – inter disciplinary approach to making built environments efficient and meaningful” in following areas.


  • Architecture, Environment, climate and energy
  • Architecture, People, socio-cultural and physical context
  • Architecture, Technology and materials
  • Cost, management and life cycle
  • Urban environments, planning, urban health and climate
  • Integrated design and people
  • Landscape architecture and place

For more information about the conference please click on the

Key dates for the Special Issue of Archnet-IJAR

  • Invitation for extended papers: 19th December 2017
  • Extended paper submission for review: 21st Febuary 2018
  • Notification on reviewer comments: 15th March 2018
  • Final submission: 30th April 2018

 Guest Editors:

  • Dr. Upendra Rajapaksha, Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Indrika G.P. Rajapaksha, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Science, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Richard Hyde, Current Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Science Review Journal and former Professor of Architectural Science, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian, Senior Lecturer in Building Information Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom


Dr. Upendra Rajapaksha

PhD (Arch) Qld, MSc (Arch), B Sc (B Env) Hons, AIA (SL)

Director, Faculty of Architecture Research Unit FARU

Senior Lecturer, Architecture and Architectural Science

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


Posted: 2017-08-05 More...

International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2017): 20 - 21 Dec 2017, The Crystal, London


The International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE) will be held in The Crystal, London, UK on 20th and 21st December 2017.

The SDBE conference is a unique opportunity for academics, researchers, architects, urban designers, engineers, building consultants and professionals to meet and share the latest knowledge, research and innovations on low carbon building design, building performance, simulation tools and energy efficient building related technologies. The conference focuses on sustainable design, building energy performance, sustainable planning of neighbourhoods and cities emphasizing a balanced approach to environmental, socio-economic and technical aspects of sustainability. The conference will form a platform to demonstrate state-of-the-art strategies and best practice across the world for integrating sustainable development approaches in the built environment.

Papers submitted and presented at SDBE will be published in the conference proceedings (with a unique ISBN).

Extended conference papers will be invited for publication in

a special issue of Sustainable Cities and Societies journal or a special issue of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Philip Jones, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Prof. Steve Sharples, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool

Prof. Rajat Gupta, School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

Key Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 31st July 2017

Notification of acceptance: 14th August 2017

Full paper submission deadline: 2nd Oct 2017

Notification of acceptance: 23rd Oct 2017

Deadline for full paper submission: 20th Nov 2017

Free conference registration for selected papers funded by the British Council: 30th Nov 2017


Submissions to be made via:

For inquiries please contact:

Main contact:

Dr. Heba E. Elsharkawy


Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Posted: 2017-07-09 More...
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