International Journal of Architectural Research

Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal of architecture, urban design and planning, and built environment studies.

Archnet-IJAR aims at establishing a bridge between theory and practice in these fields. The journal acts as a platform that reports on the latest research findings for examining buildings and urban environments and debates innovative approaches for creating responsive environments. Archnet-IJAR is truly international and aims at strengthening ties between scholars, academics, and practitioners from the global north and the global south with contributors and readers reaching across the boundaries of cultures and geographies. Archnet-IJAR publishes articles in two broad areas that address a wide range of topics and scales:

Architectural and Design Research: involves a range of topics that include architectural pedagogy and design studio teaching practices; architectural and sustainable design; design methods and architectural theories; architectural criticism; design and project programming; environment-behaviour studies; application of information technologies; post occupancy and facility performance evaluation; and social and cultural factors in design.

Cities and Urban Research: involves a range of topics that include governance and political factors contributing to the shaping of communities, cities and urban regions; community planning; sustainable urban conservation; environmental planning and eco development; housing policy; planning, and design; new urbanism; everyday urbanism; sustainable development; urban design assessment; and urban studies.

Brief History

Archnet-IJAR was launched in March 2007 as part of Archnet, considered to be the most comprehensive digital platform 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 co-operation with the Aga Khan Documentation Centre (AKDC) of MIT Libraries. Professor Ashraf M. Salama has been leading Archnet-IJAR since its inception. In 2018, Archnet-IJAR was acquired by Emerald in order to foster its exposure and international appeal while enhancing its global presence.

Selected Editorials

Special Issue, Archnet-IJAR: Vol 15 No 1: Architecture, Urbanism, and Health in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

The highly contagious coronavirus and the rapid spread of COVID-19 disease have generated a global public health crisis. Crises are being addressed at various local and global scales through social distancing measures and guidelines, emerging working and living patterns and the utilisation of technology to partially replace physical learning environments. The purpose of this article is to capture the key messages of the contributions published in this special edition of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2021. Reviewing more than 70 submissions, 15 articles have been identified that are contributed by 35 scholars, educators and practitioners from 12 countries. The article calls for the need to embed trans-disciplinarity in current and future built environment research. The diversity of implications reveals potential alternative futures for urbanity and society and the associated education and practice of future built environment professions. While the contributions invite us to critically envisage possibilities for future research and collective action, critical fast-track empirical research is needed to address how health is an integral component in the production of architecture and urban environments.

Visit: Architecture, Urbanism, and Health in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

Salama, A.M. (2019), Prospects for research in architecture and urbanism, Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 2-7. 

Salama, A.M. (2018), Recent Discourse and the Promise for Global Networks on Architecture and Urbanism, Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 2-10.