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 scientific and research databases, including Avery index to Architectural Periodicals, EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture, INTUTE, Directory of Open Access Journals, Pro-Quest, Scopus-Elsevier and many university library databases. It 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 full support of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. 

All contributors grant Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) worldwide rights and permission to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, and publicly perform the following Work in electronic format on the ArchNet Internet web site at URL

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 two co-editors: Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian and Dr. Remah Y. Gharib. 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.

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Starting from Volume 4 Issue 1, articles are licensed under the Creative Commons license BY-NC-ND (attribution, non-commerical, and no derivatives).

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



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.

To navigate this edition visit this page

To submit articles for future issues of IJAR visit the online submission page

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...
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