Emerald acquires Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research


Archnet-IJAR helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, urban planning and built environment studies

Bingley, United Kingdom, 18 September 2018 – Emerald has acquired Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, a journal which includes empirical research papers, analytical case studies, and high-quality position papers that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in architecture and urbanism.

The new acquisition complements Emerald’s existing portfolio of journals in Property Management and Built Environment, introduces new areas in architectural and design research, while also expanding coverage in areas such as urban design, urban planning, and cities and sustainable urbanism.

Professor Ashraf M. Salama, Head of Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde and Chief Editor of Archnet-IJAR, has been leading the journal since its debut in 2007 and said: “The journal was inaugurated under the sponsorship of Archnet and the Aga Documentation Centre at MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.  It was the first of its kind; an open access interdisciplinary scholarly, peer reviewed journal of architecture, planning, and built environment studies, aimed at strengthening ties between scholars from the global north and the global south with contributors and readers reaching across the boundaries of cultures and geographies.

“As an architect, academic and scholar, I cultivated Archnet-IJAR, working closely with authors to disseminate their research, and with a distinguished review board whose knowledge and expertise continue to ensure high quality scholarly papers, allowing for a comprehensive academic review of contributions that span a wide spectrum of issues, methods, theoretical approaches and architectural and development practices.  Such effort resulted in a distinguished, highly acclaimed status in the field.  I firmly believe that Emerald Publishing’s reputation and international network will foster the exposure and international appeal of Archnet-IJAR, while enhancing its global presence.”

Archnet-IJAR, which will be free access throughout 2019, adds significant value to Emerald’s existing journal collection, particularly to Emerald’s offering in the European and Middle Eastern market.

The journal has close associations with scholars working with several societies that include Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS), Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East (AUMME), International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), to name a few.  Emerald is keen to deepen and broaden these existing relationships to ensure that Archnet-IJAR remains a key channel for those memberships.

As one of the largest publishers in Property Management and Built Environment journals, this acquisition will enrich the quality and breadth of research published, particularly in areas of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, and Sustainable Urbanism.


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Posted: 2018-09-21 More...

Archnet-IJAR is ranked among the world's top academic journals in architecture and urban studies


After 10 years of voluntary hard work, Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research advances its position among the world leading journals in architecture and urban studies.

In addition to the various scientific and research databases including Avery index to Architectural Periodicals, EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture, Directory of Open Access Journals, Pro-Quest, Scopus-Elsevier and many university library databases, Archnet-IJAR is now part of the Web of Science Core Collection of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) and the Emerging Sources Citation Index

The Journal was recently invited to be part of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and for inclusion in its abstracting and indexing database which will add value and impact to Archnet-IJAR.

More excellent news is that in the recent ranking of Scopus (May 2017), Archnet-IJAR has moved three places and topped many prestigious journals. It is now ranked:

  • Architecture (Q1) 23 out of 87
  • Urban Studies (Q2) 60 out of 134

Another great achievement is that Archnet-IJAR continues to advance its position among the world leading journals in Architecture and Urban Studies. In the latest journal ranking and metrics of Scimago (SJR) Laboratories (June 2017), Archnet-IJAR has moved up 5 places and its performance exceeded many well known established journals that have been in the international refereed press for more than 40 years. Archnet-IJAR is now ranked:

  • Architecture (Q1) 18 out of 117
  • Urban Studies (Q2) 57 out of 138

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Posted: 2017-06-25 More...

IJAR Volume 11, No 1, March 2017 is now available


Archnet-IJAR Vol 11, No 1, March 2017 is now available
This issue commemorates a decade of discourse and published research on architecture and urbanism in ArchNet-IJAR (March 2007-March 2017).

Nine contributions are selected to open our new round of discourse and research. Chitrakar, Baker, and Guaralda (2017) discuss emerging challenges in the management of public spaces in urban neighbourhoods in Kathmandu, Nepal. On the same topic but in a commercial setting in South-West Nigeria Agboola, Rasidi and Said (2017) analyse the influence of open space utilisation on residents’ attachment taking the case of rural market square. Utilising a case study of LEED-certified low-income multifamily housing Behbehani and Prokopy (2017) explores the appropriation of built heritage and pro-environmental behaviours.

Two articles place emphasis on exploring traditions and the vernacular. Diasana Putra, Lozanovska and Fuller (2017) develop and validate a methodology to assess the transformation of traditional houses in Bali. Yet, Jaiyeoba, Asojo, and Amole (2017) examine the Yoruba vernacular as a paradigm for low income housing addressing the context of Ogbere, Ibadan, Nigeria. In a very different context, Faggion and Furlan (2017) interrogate the embedded cultural meanings of the houses of Italian migrants in Brisbane, Australia.

Lesley J. McIntyre and Ian Ruaraidh Harrison (2017) base their work on the imperative that the built environment influences the wellbeing of older people in care homes. Their work presents an analysis of the outcomes of ethnographic observations of five urban care homes in the UK. Developing the case that designing for enablement, physical activity, and social connectivity, their findings offer lessons relevant to five significant qualities of the built environment: Spatial Legibility, Spatial Interconnectedness, Spatial Traversability, Spatial Diversity, and Spatial Aesthetics.

Aiming to create a composite social sustainability index for India that contributes to a better understanding of the dynamics of social sustainable development Sudha, Chakraborty, and Misra (2017) investigate the four facets of urban sustainability: social, economic, environmental and institutional, in an integrated manner while testing the composite index in the context of Odisha, in Eastern India. The outcome of this examination reveals that education is fundamental to improving the social sustainability and that urban policies should focus on the critical zones of education, health and access to basic services. Last but not least Khan and Loke (2017) provide a framework within which augmented reality can be examined in the context of the participatory spatial design context.



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Posted: 2017-04-05 More...

Invitation to Submit Abstracts to the EDUCATION AND TRAINING Forum as part of PLEA 2017: Design to Thrive - Edinburgh 2-5 July 2017


PLEA 2017 in Edinburgh is organized around FORUMS in various areas of interest to the international academic and professional communities,  of which is on EDUCATION AND TRAINING.


No other professions have undergone as dramatic a transformation in the past decades as that of the design and construction professions. In local, regional, and global contexts, education for the creative and construction industries continually encounters demands to assimilate increasingly rapid changes in building markets into the courses and enable their more effective integration into practice. Education in architecture and urbanism provides the fundamental foundations for the aspiration of “designing to thrive”, by facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills from the market requirements into the design professions to help them to continue to meet the wishes and needs of their society, economy and environment. This requires constant updating of our educational systems, and in recent decades the way in which design education and training are provided, and their consequences and impacts, have been treated as a research field on their own. Awareness has grown of the need to keep education’s underpinning theories, contents and contexts, methods and tools continuously questioned and diagnostically examined to ensure they are fit for purpose in the 21st century, genuinely addressing contemporary environmental and societal challenges and taking advantages of emerging opportunities as they arise.

Papers are invited for the Forum and a Plenary session and Panel, aimed at broadening and deepening the debate on how well the education and training of design professionals are contributing to shaping a Thriving Future. Papers on subjects including teaching delivery models, experiential and inquiry-based learning, design studio experimentation, trans-disciplinary experiences, and the way in which these help shape such a future, are all welcomed.

To submit an abstract for EDUCATION FORUM – PLEA 2017, please visit

Abstract Submission Closes: 15th November 2016

Selected papers will be featured in a special PLEA 2017 Issue of the highly ranked, open access journal "Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research”

PLEA stands for Passive Low Energy Architecture. PLEA is a global network that has led a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through its conferences since 1982. It has a membership of thousands of professionals, academics, students and industry members from over 40 countries.

Posted: 2016-10-01 More...

Archnet-IJAR Vol 10, No 2, July 2016 is now available


This edition of IJAR: volume 10, issue 2, July 2016 includes debates on a wide spectrum of issues, explorations and investigations in various settings.  Contributions in this issue are from well-established institutions in Australia, Canada, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and United States.  They address issues related to urban displacement with respect to low income communities; vernacular traditional building types in north America; accessible housing and health related quality of life; sustainable tall buildings in the Middle East and South East Asia; urban patterns in historic Cairo; the architecture of the Umayyad; landscape elements and their contribution to walkability; natural ventilation in terrace housing; abandoned housing projects in Malaysia; assessment of a courtyard housing project in Beijing; movement and interaction in the workplace; neighborhood regeneration;  and the role of sketching in the visual transformation of architectural design.

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Posted: 2016-07-29 More...

ARCHNET-IJAR - One of the World Leading Journals in Architecture and Urban Studies


In 2015 SCIMAGO (SCOPUS) Journal Rankings Archnet-IJAR maintains its position among the world leading journals in Architecture and Urban Studies

  • Archnet-IJAR is a Q2 Journal in Architecture  (2015)


  • 2014: Ranking of IJAR  is 23 out of 83
  • 2015: Ranking of IJAR  is 23 out of 111


  • 2014: Ranking of IJAR is 59 out of 119
  • 2015: Ranking of IJAR is 63 out of 127

Rankings are based on the SJR -- an indicator that measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal.


Posted: 2016-06-08 More...

IJAR Volume 10, No 1, March 2016 is now available


IJAR Volume 10, No 1, March 2016 is now available

This edition of IJAR: volume 10, issue 1, March 2016 includes articles that are based on theoretical positions and empirical research findings. It includes debates centered on three main themes:

1) Design Thinking, Processes, and Evaluation (papers 1 – 6);

2) Design and Construction Analysis (papers 7 – 11); and

3) Urban and Contextual Studies (papers 12 – 21). 



Articles come from all corners f the world including  Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Colombia; Egypt ; Germany; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Libya; Malaysia; Qatar; South Africa; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States.  These articles contribute to advancing the discourse on architecture and urbanism while paving the road for future studies in the field.

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Posted: 2016-03-31 More...

Design Creativity and Integrated Visualisation Explored in IJAR Vol 9, Issue 3, November 2015


Guest Edited by Jack Steven Goulding and Farzad Pour Rahimian, this Special Issue presents nine papers from leading scholars, industry and contemporaries. These papers provide an eclectic (but cognate) representation   of AEC design visualisation and integration; which not only uncovers new insight and understanding of these challenges and solutions, but also provides new theoretical and practice signposts for future research.


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Posted: 2015-12-04 More...

IJAR Vol 9, No 2, July 2015 is now available


In 2014, IJAR was included in Quartile 2 / Q2 list of Journals both in ‘Architecture’ and ‘Urban Studies.’ As of May 2015, IJAR is ranked 23 out of 83 journals in ‘Architecture’ and 59 out of 119 in ‘Urban Studies.’ Rankings are based on the SJR (SCImago Journal Ranking); an Elsevier- SCOPUS indicator that measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. See here for more information ( and ( While the journal is now on top of many of the distinguished journals in Elsevier- SCOPUS database, we will keep aspiring to sustain our position and move forward to Q1 group list and eventually in the top 10 journal list in the field. However, this requires sustained efforts and conscious endeavours that give attention to quality submissions through a rigorous review process. 

This edition of IJAR: volume 9, issue 2, July 2015 includes debates on a wide spectrum of issues, explorations and investigations in various settings. The issue encompasses sixteen papers addressing cities, settlements, and projects in Europe, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Papers involve international collaborations evidenced by joint contributions and come from scholars in universities, academic institutions, and practices in Belgium; Egypt; Greece; Italy; Jordan; Malaysia; Palestine; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Spain; Turkey; and the United Kingdom. In this editorial I briefly outline the key issues presented in these papers, which include topics relevant to social housing, multigenerational dwelling, practice-based research, sustainable design and biomimetic models, learning environments and learning styles, realism and the post modern condition, development and planning, urban identity, contemporary landscapes, and cultural values and traditions.

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Posted: 2015-07-09 More...

IJAR on Top of the Leading Journals in Architecture and Urban Studies


IJAR is now in Quartile 2/ Q2 list of Journals in Architecture and Urban Studies -

2014: Ranking of IJAR in ARCHITECTURE is 23 out of 83

2014: Ranking of IJAR in URBAN STUDIES is 59 out of 119

Rankings are based on the SJR (SCImago Journal Ranking) -- an  Elsevier - SCOPUS indicator that measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal.

For more information visit here

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) is a prestige metric based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. See here for more information

SCImago Journal & Country Rank
Posted: 2015-07-08 More...

Charrette: aae - Call for Contributions


Charrette: Journal of Association of Architectural Educators

Special issue – Volume 3, Issue 1

Call for Contributions.

Shaping Architectural Education in Scotland

Charrette, the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE), first published in 2013, is now firmly established as a leading journal for practitioners and theorists engaged in innovative and significant architectural education and research.   For this issue (Volume 3, Issue 1), the Guest Editor, Dr Andrew Agapiou, (Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde) invites papers that address ‘models and approaches’ in architectural design pedagogy as an overarching paradigm for shaping architectural education in Scotland.

It is argued that no other profession has undergone as dramatic a transformation in the past two decades as architecture. Contemporary societies are witnessing dramatic transformations resulting in economic, environmental, and social and cultural changes. This means that the role of the 21st century architect has become evermore demanding, likewise the attributes required of graduates entering the profession. Additionally, EU directives are demanding change throughout Europe and UK architectural education is not an exception. Debates about its change to become shorter and more affordable while addressing the practical realities of contemporary societies are underway. Similarly, architectural education in Scotland has its unique richness in terms of the nature of degrees awarded as well as issues related to its contextual particularities, evolution, and identity.  

The call for Volume 3 Issue 1 of Charrette coincides with “The Festival of Architecture 2016,” and is pertinent to its core vision and themes. The question of how does contemporary education of architects shape the future of the built environment in Scotland is regarded as a catalyst for generating discourse on architectural and design pedagogy. Underlying the theme of “Models and Approaches” and reacting to this question, contributions are invited to address one or more of these topics a) shaping new places, b) re-shaping old places, c) shaping pedagogical methods and e) shaping global partnerships.

  • Essays 5,000 – 8,000 words (including all references and endnotes). Essays must demonstrate their intellectual and theoretical context, method and data, and have a clear conclusion
  • Projects 3,000 – 5,000 words (including all references and endnotes). Submissions to the Projects section will substitute traditional “academic” data with project work, so they are expected to include more images, diagrams, and illustrations.

Interested contributors are to contact Dr. Andrew Agapiou ( according to the following timeline:

  • 1 July 2015: Expression of interest (500 word outline)
  • 15 July 2015: Notification of selected contributions
  • 15 September 2015: Submission of full articles
  • 15 October 2015: Notification of reviewers’ comments
  • 15 November 2015: Submission of final articles
  • Late March 2016: Publishing Date
Posted: 2015-06-16 More...

Vol 9, No 1 (2015) Special Issue: The Contemporaneity of Built Heritage


IJAR March 2015 (Volume 9 – Issue 1) is now available. Entitled The Contemporaneity of Built Heritage this special issue is guest edited by Dr Remah Y. Gharib.

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Posted: 2015-04-03 More...

Call for Papers: Design Creativity, Future Integrated Visualisation Directions; Intended for Publication in ArchNet-IJAR 9(3)


Guest Editors:

Prof. Jack Steven GouldingUniversity of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • New Innovation/Collaboration models for integrated Architecture/Engineering/Construction projects; 
  • Design Cognition through generative and parametric design interface;
  • Game-Like Immersive VR Interfaces;
  • Integrated Modelling/Visualisation/Simulation in VR/AR based BIM-Cloud platforms
  • Context-Aware Decision-Support-Systems; 
  • Integrated AEC Decision-Support-Systems for leveraging sustainability; 
  • Learning styles (pedagogy) and education in Virtual Design and Collaboration environments;


  • Emailing extended abstracts to the guest editors (500-1000 words) due: 1 December 2014
  • Full Manuscript Due: 1 April 2015
  • Submission of the Revised Manuscript: 1 September 2015
  • Final Submission: 1 November 2015
  • Publication: 14 November 2015


As this is a Special Issue, authors should initially submit their extended abstracts (500-1000 words) by 1 December 2014 the guest editors through email ( The successful authors will be invited to submit their full manuscripts to this submission system.

Posted: 2014-08-03 More...

Vol 8, No 2 (July 2014), Special Issue: Complexity, Patterns and Biophilia


IJAR July 2014 (Volume 8 – Issue 2) is now available. Entitled ‘COMPLEXITY, PATTERNS, AND BIOPHILIA’ this special issue is guest edited by Professor Nikos A. Salingaros. It includes a collection that “…describes Christopher Alexander’s work and related developments based on his human, sensitive, and scientific approach to architecture. And yet, much of it remains curiously outside the architectural and academic mainstream.”  Encompassing eight articles and essays, from biologists, philosophers, historians, and urbanists, this edition of IJAR presents samples of original thoughts, ideas, and theories that contribute to the shaping of a healthy and responsive approach to the future built environment. To navigate this edition visit this page To submit articles for future issues of IJAR visit the online submission page

Posted: 2014-07-13 More...

Call for Papers: Special Issue on The Contemporaneity of Built Heritage


IJAR is inviting submissions for a special issue on The Contemporaneity of Built Heritage intended for March 2015. The issue is centered on the relevance of heritage to contemporary cities and societies. Examples of topics include:

  • Assessing Interventions of Urban Heritage
  • Growth aspects of Heritage Districts
  • Heritage, Legislations, and Aspects of Governance
  • Teaching and Design Pedagogy Addressing Historic Districts
  • Typological Analysis and Socio-Spatial Practice in Historic Public Spaces
  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Heritage Conservation
  • Economic Sustainability of the Built Heritage Environmental Sustainability and Urban Heritage

For full considerations papers must be submitted before September 30, 2014. The publication date is March 15, 2015.

Special Issue Editor: Dr. Remah Y. Gharib.

Posted: 2014-07-08 More...

Archnet-IJAR Debuts its 8th. Volume


ArchNet-IJAR-International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 8, Issue 8, March  2014, is published.

This issue of IJAR marks the start of a new era for the journal and the beginning of its eighth volume. It includes this editorial, 11 original research articles, and 4 reviews and trigger articles. While some articles discuss universal issues that pertain to various urban contexts worldwide, articles come from 20 scholars covering many parts of the world including 9 countries including Australia, Bosnia, Egypt, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. Articles include issues of relevance including the sustainable design aspects of tall buildings, health care architecture, traditional souqs and market places, meaning and socio-spatial practices, user comfort, and sustainable management of historic centers.

Click here to view vol 8, issue 1, 2014.



Posted: 2014-03-06 More...

Selected 10 Papers from the International Congress: Environment and Design 2014 will be published in ArchNet-IJAR


Selected 10 papers from International Congress:  Environment and Design 2014 will be published in the journal. 

Environment and Design 2014  seeks to share and stimulate critical interpretations of planning, designing, and building residential environments in a variety of scales fostering cross-cultural comparisons, interdisciplinary approaches and innovative methods of research that would encourage an intellectual exchange of ideas and experiences

The Congress is hosted by Bahçeşehir University-BAU, Faculty of Architecture and Design,

Environment and Design 2014 is a collaboration between  Bahçeşehir University and Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul-Turkey.



Posted: 2014-02-21 More...

Selected 10 Papers from the International Symposium: CAUMME II 2014 will be Published in ArchNet-IJAR


Selected 10 papers from CAUMME 11- 2014 will be published in the journal in 2015. CAUMME II addresses issues related to Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and is hosted by Girne American University-GAU, Girne, Cyprus

CAUMME II 2014 is a collaboration between Girne American University, Cyprus; Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.


Posted: 2014-02-10 More...

ArchNet-IJAR Special Issues in 2014-2015


ArchnNet-IJAR intends to develop three special issues throughout 2015-2016. The three issues will address important and timely research interests in the following three areas:

  • Architectural and Urban Heritage
  • Everyday Urbanism in Emerging Cities
  • Integrated Design Visualization and Simulation

We encourage potential contributors to these issues to register in the system and submit their papers following the journal standard requirements.

Posted: 2014-01-11 More...

Archiving Earlier Volumes

ArchNet-IJAR team is currently archiving earlier volumes on this journal site. Volumes and issues up to Volume 7: Issue 3 and files will continue to be accessible from the following websites until this new site is completed:  
Posted: 2014-01-12 More...

New Submissions to ArchNet-IJAR


Starting March 2014, ArchNet-IJAR will adopt this online submission system on this URL

Interested authors, readers, and reviewers are encouraged to register so that they can submit thier contributions or navigate the review process.

Posted: 2014-01-01 More...
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