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

Title: Design Creativity: Future Integrated Visualisation Directions 
Intended Issue: ArchNet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, 9(3)

Deadline for Extended Abstract: 1 December 2014
Expected Publication Date: 14 November 2015

Guest Editors:

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

Introduction to the Special Issue

Construction projects are increasingly becoming more complex, often engaging new business processes and technological solutions to meet clients’ requirements. These new processes and technological solutions often require parallel improvements in skilled professionals and operatives. Building Information Modelling (BIM) has demonstrated the need for integrating collaborative design teams’ “project data”, to not only help coordinate the design, engineering, fabrication, construction, and maintenance of various trades, but also facilitate project integration and interchange. Numerous potential benefits have inspired several countries to consider the implications of implementing BIM Level 3 (Cloud) as an innovative way of further enhancing the design, management and delivery process, ergo - a paradigm shift towards Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Amongst the myriad of the available innovative approaches, virtual/augmented reality approaches, mobile and web-based platforms, laser scanning and photogrammetry technologies, 3 dimensional printing etc. are particularly beneficial for integrating visualisation components to give continuous sharing, prototyping and testing of relevant information for geographically dispersed end users. In lieu of establishing advanced design representation futures, this Special Issue aims to create foresight into future digital tools, their expected operating environment, and the training gaps for design professionals. The purpose of this Special Issue is to highlight how these improved virtual delivery processes and technologies affect the designed products, their design procedures, production techniques and construction implementation. It also aims to evaluate how digital design, especially virtual environments can support dynamic AEC design organisations to optimise project deliveries. It welcomes insights from all phases of the building development lifecycle that affect or impinge upon the design phase of a building project. The outcome of this Special Issue is to recommend potential future steps to fill in the theoretical and practice gaps for a better and improved building delivery.

This Special Issue encourages submissions on foresights, development and application of advanced digital tools within the AEC sector in order to highlight existing theoretical and technical gaps within: design practice, design-production, design-construction, design-facility management. In addition, submissions are also encouraged on collaboration and implementation needs of multi-disciplinary team members. Selected topics within the scope of this Special Issue cover: conceptual and theoretical frameworks, technological innovation and empirical research on designed products, and their tools and processes (including organizational behaviour).

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;


  • Submission of extended abstracts (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


Before submission, authors should carefully read the Author Guidelines

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.


This Special Issue is scheduled to be published as issue 9.3 of the journal, on 14 November 2015.

Any queries?

For all other enquiries, please contact the guest editors.