2014 Edition of Enquiry released

Enquiry is pleased to present its 2014 edition of the journal. Readers can find articles focused on topics of architectural research by Vandana Baweja, Jesse M. Keenan, Brook Weld Muller, Robert Nelson, Traci Rose Rider and Lisa M. Tucker.

A new call will be issued in January for the 2015 issue. Article deadline will be in the summer (late June) for a late fall publication schedule.

In addition, Enquiry is pleased to be included in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications, a new index for the journal and one in which we are proud to be included. Inclusion will be completed in the coming weeks. Avery will increase the exposure of our authors further, adding this index to WorldCat, DOAJ, OAIster and Google Scholar.

Vol 11, No 1 (2014): Rhetoric, Policy and Critical Environmental Engagement

Table of Contents

Peer Reviewed Papers

Environmental Discourses and Rhetoric in the Conceptual Space of Architectural Education
Traci Rose Rider
The Courtyard Inside and Out: a Brief History of an Architectural Ambiguity
Robert Nelson
Material and Social Construction: A Framework for the Adaptation of Buildings
Jesse M. Keenan
Graphic Ecologies
Brook Weld Muller
Sustainability and the Architectural History
Vandana Baweja
The Labor-saving Kitchen: Sources for Designs of the Architects’ Small Home Service Bureau
Lisa M. Tucker


Symposium: Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

(7th Annual Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality)
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Symposium Date:  
June 18-21, 2015
Submissions Deadline: January 19, 2015
: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2015/

The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality invites participation in its Seventh Annual Symposium. ACS 7 will take place in the serene setting of the vast and inspiring New Mexico desert in the southwest of the United States. We selected this remarkable place to invite us to contemplate and live the theme of the symposium: “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality.”Although the symposium will focus on landscape and culture in the context of the ‘quotidian,’ we will consider submissions addressing other issues related to ACS and include them in at least one open session during ACS7. These sessions will provide a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality

As in previous ACS meetings, the symposium will be structured around several subtopics focusing on various aspects of the general theme, and the number of attendees will be kept small on purpose to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be some free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.


500 to 1000 words long proposalsfor either the Open or Symposium Topic Sessionswill be peer-reviewed by at least three ACS scholars/professionals. The deadline is January 19th, 2015.

For more details and information, visit: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2015/ or email ACS7 symposium co-chair Julio Bermudez at: bermudez@cua.edu

Call for Papers/Workshops: The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research/2014 The Annual NAF Symposium


The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014


The Annual NAAR Symposium



Designing and Planning the Built Environment

for Human Well-Being


October 23rd to 25th, 2014

Oulu School of Architecture

University of Oulu



Call for Papers

Call for Workshop Proposals


Call for Papers and Workshop proposals also at the conference web page www.arkkitehtuuritutkimuksenpaivat.fi. More detailed information of the conference will be available at the conference web page in March 24th.

The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014 will be organized on October 23rd to 25th in Oulu, Finland, together with the Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAAR). The Symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning and has been organized by the Finnish schools of architecture (Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, University of Oulu) together with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA since 2009.*

If you are unable to see the table of Submission types and important dates, please look at the conference web page at www.arkkitehtuuritutkimuksenpaivat.fi. For further information, please contact atut.oulu@gmail.com


Theme - Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-being

The theme of the symposium will be Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-being. The aim is to discuss how to bridge knowledge gaps between the planning, design, production, use and transformation of the Northern built environment in the context of human well-being. Also, the theoretical and philosophical openings are very welcome to the symposium.

The Symposium offers international keynote lectures, high quality research papers and a relaxed arena for discussion for researchers and practitioners of the Nordic countries and broader international audience. The symposium languages are English, Finnish and Swedish. We welcome researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, geography, cultural anthropology, the social sciences, ecology, and other fields related to architectural studies to present their work.  The subjects concern but are not limited to the themes related to the built environment and human well-being as presented in the following table.


Preliminary program

Thursday 23.10.2014


12.00             Registration for the Workshops

13.15             Parallel workshops for researchers (topics will be chosen among the proposals)

20.30             Get-together party at Apaja


Friday 24.10.2014


9.15-11.00   Closing of the workshop sessions


11.30             Registration for the Seminar

12.15             Welcoming words

12.30             Keynote lecture, Professor Kristina Nilsson,

Luleå University of Technology, Unit of Architecture


13.30             Tracks 1-4

15.30             Coffee

16.00             Tracks 1-4

18.00             Keynote lecture, Professor Doina Petrescu,

The University of Sheffield, School of Architecture

(to be confirmed)

19.00             Reception at City Hall, City of Oulu

(to be confirmed)

20.00             Evening continues at Architects’ Guild House


Saturday 25.10.2014


9.30               Tracks 1-4

11.30             Keynote lecture, Professor Paul Dourish

The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

(to be confirmed)

12.30             Lunch

13.30             Tracks 1-4

15.00             Keynote lecture, Professor Mette Ramsgard Thomsen

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture,

The Centre for Information Technology and Architecture [CITA]

(to be confirmed)

16.00             Coffee

16.30             Tracks 1-4

18.00             Panel discussion

18.30             Closing words and drinks


Organizers reserve the right for changes in the program.


Scientific board and the peer-reviewing process

The papers to be submitted to the peer-review process will be written in English. The papers will be peer-reviewed and selected by a scientific board, which ensures the general academic quality of the conference. The scientific board consists of active post-doctoral level researchers, and its members will be selected among Nordic and international researchers. The peer-reviewing process will be double-blind. It will also be possible to publish high-quality non-reviewed articles (see Publishing).



The organizers will publish all the abstracts in the Book of Abstracts (available at the conference).

The full papers (peer-reviewed and non-reviewed; the status mentioned in the publication) will be published in electronic format via an architectural research periodical using the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies’ Open Journal Systems (OJS) -publishing platform and/or The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (decided case by case basis by the editor-in-chief of NJAR). The aim of the publication is to fulfill the criteria of the Finnish Publication Forum Project (http://www.tsv.fi/julkaisufoorumi/english.html?lang=en) to receive recognition at Level 1 (basic). Accepted workshop proposals (organizers) will be published together with the full papers in the electronic form using OJS –publishing platform.


Registration fees

Architects and other academics, researchers, post-doctoral students with or without contribution

-                      Early bird registration before September 15th 2014,                    150 eur

-                      Registration after September  15th 2014,                                         250 eur

-                      One day registration (required for workshop participants),    100 eur


Students of architecture and other fields

-                      Early bird registration before September 15th 2014,                    50 eur

-                      Registration after September  15th 2014,                                          75 eur



Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland (responsible), http://www.oulu.fi/architecture/

School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland http://www.tut.fi/en/about-tut/departments/school-of-architecture/

Department of Architecture, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland, http://arts.aalto.fi/en/

Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics/YTK, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland, http://maa.aalto.fi/en/

Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAAR), http://arkitekturforskning.net/na/pages/view/Association

Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, www.safa.fi


The responsible organizing team will consist of members of the faculty and researchers of the Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu. For further inquiries, please contact us atatut.oulu@gmail.com

*) Each year, a different School of Architecture in Finland has hosted the Symposium, either as a national event or a Nordic/international research event (Aalto University, 22–23 Oct 2009; Tampere TUT, 23–24 Apr 2010, together with Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAF); Oulu University 11–12 Nov 2011; Aalto 26–27 Oct 2012, together with the 4th International Conference on Architectural Competitions; Tampere TUT 28–30 Aug 2013).

[Sbse] 2013 Building and Environment Best Paper Awards

Building and Environment is very proud to announce the 2013 Best Paper Awards and 2013 Best Paper Award for a Young Author, established in 2007 as a measure to encourage the publishing of high-quality papers in the journal. According to the review scores and the recommendations from the reviewers, there are 26 candidate papers eligible for competing the best paper awards. The Editorial Advisory Board carefully evaluated those papers according to their originality, contributions to the field, quality of presentation, and soundness of the science.  Finally the Paper Award Committee, which consisted of Tim Xu (chair), Jon Wright, and Kwang Woo Kim, all of whom are also members of the Editorial Advisory Board, selected the following awards:

2013 Best Paper Awards:
·         Jörgen Falk and Kenneth Sandin, “Ventilated rainscreen cladding: Measurements of cavity air velocities, estimation of air change rates and evaluation of driving forces,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002193>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 164–176.
·         Peter Barrett, Yufan Zhang, Joanne Moffat, Khairy Kobbacy, “A holistic, multi-level analysis identifying the impact of classroom design on pupils’ learning,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002582>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 678-689.
·         Cheng-Chun Lin, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, “Forecasting simulations of indoor environment using data assimilation via an Ensemble Kalman Filter,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000887>” Building and Environment, Volume 64, June 2013, Pages 169-176.

2013 Best Paper Award for Young Author:
·         Delia D’Agostino, “Moisture dynamics in an historical masonry structure: The Cathedral of Lecce (South Italy),sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000577>” Building and Environment, Volume 63, May 2013, Pages 122-133.

Let us congratulate the authors for their significant contributions to the state-of-the-art. They should be very proud of their achievements in a very competitive pool of more than 1300 submissions in 2013.

Winning papers are free to access until 31 march 2014.

Upjohn Research Initiative awards

Washington, D.C. – November 6, 2013 – The jury for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative, a joint program of the College of Fellows and the Board Knowledge Committee to support knowledge sharing between practitioners and academicians, has announced the five projects selected to receive grants.


The purpose of this grant, now in its seventh year, is to provide base funds for applied research projects that advance professional knowledge and practice. The 18-month long project grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication. The total award of $105,000 will be spread across the selected proposals. The jury felt the process and deliberations were fully consistent with the blind-peer review intent of the program. This blind-peer review helps add an element of rigor to the process whereby proposals are debated on their own merits. The following five submissions were selected for funding:


Project Title: Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Care

Principal Investigator: Kyle Konis, PhD, AIA, University of Southern California

Abstract: The objective of this research is to establish empirical daylighting design requirements and performance criteria for assisted living facilities serving people with Alzheimer disease.


Project Title: Tenant Engagement in High Performance Buildings and Communities

Principal Investigator: Julie Kreigh, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA, Kriegh Architectural Studios

Abstract: Design professionals have developed methodologies to predict and analyze post-occupancy energy performance in project-specific high performance design environments.


Project Title: Learning Environments Design and Diversity

Principal Investigator: James Determan, FAIA, Morgan State University

Abstract: The primary intent of this research is to provide learning space designers and educators with evidence of the link between classroom design and enhanced learning outcomes using subjects that accurately reflect the future student population.


Project Title: Sustainable Transparency: Kinetic Building Facades

Principal Investigator: Kyoung-Hee Kim, PhD, University of North Carolina

Abstract: This applied design research project advances two domains of architectural knowledge: Kinetic Facade Design and Sustainability Performance Assessment.


Project Title: Responsive Pneumatics: Prototypes for Biologically Inspired Air-Based Envelope Systems

Principal Investigator: Kathy Velikov, University of Michigan

Abstract: This proposal seeks funding to advance physical prototype-based research examining new performative, formal and aesthetic potentials of cellular pneumatic foil-based envelope systems towards low energy light-transmitting building facade applications.


The jury for the Upjohn Research Initiative includes: Jury Chair William Joseph Carpenter, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Southern Polytechnic State University Lightroom Architecture + New Media; Leonard Bachman, University of Houston; Christine Barber, Director of Research at Gensler; Henry Hardnett, FAIA, Indian Health Service; Marlene Imirzian, FAIA, Imirzian Architects; Calvin Kam, PhD, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Stanford University; Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA, University of Kansas; Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA, FARA, DBIA Roslyn Consultants, LLC. and William J. Stanley III, FAIA, Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C. The Upjohn Research Initiative is named after Richard Upjohn, the first president of the AIA and a founding member.

Symposium: Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting

(6th Annual Symposium of the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality)
Trinity College in Toronto, Canada. June 5-8, 2014
Submissions Deadline: January 27, 2014
Website: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2014/

The 6th Annual Symposium on Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS 6) will take place at Trinity Colege in the University of Toronto ( http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/ ), located in the heart of Toronto’s midtown core, June 5-8, 2014.

The topic is “The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting” and will explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework. This objective will be pursued in paper-project-presentation sessions responding to the themes described below. As always in ACS symposia, optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.


IDENTITYAs global economics and conflicts accelerate intercontinental migration, many spiritual traditions find themselves striving to secure and maintain identity within a completely new and otherwise foreign context. This theme considers the dynamics of faithfully re-creating the architecture of a spiritual tradition, and/or finding expressions of form, space, and ritual that speak to their adopted landscape.

SHARINGIn many cases, it has not been feasible to carry out spiritual expression with their traditional landscape.  This theme gives consideration to such possibilities as accommodations within the workplace, the creation of multi-faith worship centres, and sharing of existing religious spaces by more than one faith tradition as a means to embrace a multi-cultural environment

CONFLICTBecause sacred sites, buildings, and iconic objects represent primary manifestations of a spiritual tradition, they are often prime targets of sectarian, interfaith, and politically motivated violence.  This theme provides opportunities to explore the nature of this phenomenon.

FORGIVENESSThis theme provides opportunities to explore the question of how design and location of spiritual space and form can contribute to ameliorating tensions, diffusing misunderstandings, and resolving potential conflicts as we seek to find wholeness and peaceful co-existence.


Compelling proposals that relate to the symposium focus but which fall outside of these themes will also be considered for acceptance.

Special Events

Two special event are planned. One is a keynote lecture by McGill Architecture Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez. The second will be a Sacred Space Tour of Toronto buildings, gardens, and urban settings.


500 words long proposals will be peer-reviewed by the symposium co-chairs and a selected group of ACS members. The deadline is January 27th, 2014.

For more details and information, visit: http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2014/ or email us:bermudez@cua.edu 

Sustainable Structures Symposium abstract deadline extension


Sustainable Structures Symposium
The Intersections of Architecture, Structural Engineering and Green Buildings

April 17-18, 2014
Portland State University
Portland, OR

The School of Architecture in the College of the Arts at Portland State University is pleased to announce its fifth annual research symposium. This year’s theme will focus on the intersections of structural systems and sustainability. Faculty and students in architecture, structural engineering and related disciplines as well as practicing architects and engineers are invited to submit abstracts for blind peer review. Authors of selected abstracts will to be asked to submit full papers for another round of blind peer review to ensure quality and give feedback to the authors. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the published proceedings.

500-word abstracts are due by September 12, 2013.

More information about the symposium can be found at:

The full call for abstracts/papers can be downloaded from the link below:

Call for Submissions - 2013 Edition of Enquiry/the ARCC Journal of Architectural Research

Call for Submissions

2013 Edition of Enquiry/the ARCC Journal of Architectural Research

November/December 2013


Vol 10, No 1 (2013)

Submission deadline: October 15, 2013

Submission process: Online (authors must register with journal website)

Enquiry / The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research would like to extend a Call for Submissions for the 2013. Rather than limited to a disciplinary concern, Enquiry is focused on quality of research in architecture. Research is qualified not just by the accuracy of its findings, but also the consequence of its findings. However, to speculate effectively, with conviction and evidence, requires a space where methodology, evidence, and speculation can be presented and discussed in a credible arena.

Enquiry would like to offer the academic community in architecture that arena.


Potential authors need to register at the Journal’s website in order to submit an article for consideration ( http://www.arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal/user/register ).

Articles should be written in English and be between 3000 and 8000 words. They should include an abstract and keywords located before the introduction. The authors’ names should not appear anywhere on the titlepage or manuscript as the journal is blind peered reviewed. Files should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf fomats. Total file size should not exceed 2megs in size. Images may be embedded in files submitted for review, but they should be at screen resolution. Images may be uploaded as supplementary material if they are located for placement in the main text. Full submission guidelines can be found at http://www.arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal/information/authors .

About Enquiry

Architectural research frequently enlists technical, historical, and cultural information in a fashion that sits uneasily under any one discipline. For this reason, architectural research is given an interdisciplinary framework, borrowing frequently from engineering, history, geography and ethnography. While this diversity of content is one of its strengths, its inconsistent methodology has the capacity to undermine its scholastic merit. To this end, the goal of Enquiry / The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research is to establish research as an effective domain of architectural knowledge production. Enquiry is an online, peer-reviewed journal (Online ISSN: 2329-9339) focused on framing, expanding, and distributing the growing body of architectural research. It is published by the Board of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) as a source for information on research in architecture.

The journal is double blind peer reviewed and invites submissions on a wide variety of topics addressing architectural knowledge including aspects of urban design, interior design, planning and landscape architecture.

Executive Editor

M. Katherine Wingert-Playdon, Temple University

Managing Editor

Philip D Plowright, Lawrence Technological University

Associate Editor

Jeremy P Voorhees, Temple University

Advisory Board

Dr. Keith Diaz Moore, The University of Kansas, USA

Leonard Bachman, University of Houston, USA

Aron Temkin, Norwich University, USA

Dr. Barbara Klinkhammer, Philadelphia University, USA

Dr. Michelle Rinehart, The Catholic University of America, USA

Editorial Board

Dr. Anirban Adhya, Lawrence Technological University, USA

Dr. Mark Cabrinha, Cal Poly, USA

Mollie Claypool, Architectural Association/University College London, UK

Dr. Thomas Daniell, University of St Joseph, Macau SAR, China

Dr. Lynne M. Dearborn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Michael D. Gibson, Kansas State University

Dr. Hazem Rashed-Ali, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Dr. Alexandra Staub, Penn State University, USA

Dr. Michelangelo Sabatino, University of Houston, USA

ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Architectural Research Conference – EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Dear Colleagues,

In case you have not heard already, we are most pleased to announce the ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference, “Beyond Architecture: New Intersections & Connections”, hosted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, February 12 -15, 2014. We look forward to exciting dialogue and exchange with participants from around the world.

We’ve extended the deadline for abstract submissions. Abstracts are due to the conference website by July 1, 2013, 5:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10:00).

Conference Summary Information
When: February 12 -15, 2014
Where: University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii U.S.A.
More Info: http://www.arch.hawaii.edu/arcc-eaae2014

Conference Subtopics:
1. Re-Disciplining: The Rise, Fall and Reformation of the Disciplines. History, Theory, Historiography, and Future Studies
2. Structures of Intersections: Reorientations of Identities and Alliances. Global, Local, Geographic, Ethnic, and Disciplinary
3. Methods: Agents of Change in Changing Paradigms. Scientific, Technological, Strategic, Intuitive, and Pragmatic.
4. Ends: The Dystopia in Utopia and the Final Cause. Forces, Causality, Ideology, Values, Myth
5. Scramble: Knowing, Structuring, Configuring, Processing, Assembling, Consuming

Important Dates:
July 1, 2013 Abstract Due
September 2, 2013 Abstract Acceptance Notification
November 4, 2013 Full paper due
December 9, 2013 Paper Acceptance Notification
January 6, 2014 Final Paper due / Early registration deadline
January 31, 2014 Accommodations Deadline / Late registration deadline
February 12-15, 2014 ARCC/EAAE Conference

We hope you will join us in Hawaii this coming February. Please pass this message along to your research networks.

And again, please note that abstracts are now due July 1st!

Call for Abstracts: NSBB 2013

The Nordic Urban and Housing Research Network (NSBB) was established in 1997 with the aim of hosting annual Nordic seminars on urban and housing research in the Nordic countries.

The host of this year’s conference is the Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University in cooperation with the Centre for Housing Research and will be held from September 17th to 19th in Roskilde, Denmark. This year’s theme is:

The Scandinavian suburbs have existed for a while now, and there are currently numerous ongoing initiatives discussing the future development of suburbs. This happens in the recognition that suburbs represent a significant part of the overall townscape, combined with a new interest in suburban qualities. The conference aims to discuss the ideas and ideals that form the basis of the current suburb development projects; projects which all intend to revitalize and develop the suburban everyday life.

It seems that the interest in the suburbs has occurred after several decades where they have been subjects to harsh criticism. The suburbs have been associated with environmental and social problems, and their settlements have been called poor on experiences and alienating. Efforts are therefore done among both scientists and practitioners, to elucidate the suburban issues and to developing the strategies that may be the solution to solve the very same problems.

Deadline for abstracts and registration: June 20th

Deadline for papers: August 15th

For more information: http://www.sbi.dk/nsbb/welcome-to-nsbb-2013