Synergy: ArchNet & International Journal of Architectural Research

ArchNet-IJAR is truly international and aims at strengthening ties between scholars from different parts of the world with contributors and readers reaching across geography, boundaries, and cultures.

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 - International Journal of Architectural ResearchArchnet-IJAR is published and 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 Libraries – Aga Khan Documentation Center, 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.

ArchNet-IJAR was established in 2007 and is led by the Chief Editor Professor Dr. Ashraf M. Salama. 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.

ArchNet-IJAR is indexed and listed in several scientifc 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 http://archnet.org

Focus and Scope

ArchNet-IJAR objective is to establish a bridge between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, urban planning, and built environment studies. It reports on the latest research findings and innovative approaches for creating responsive environments, with special focus on architecture and planning in developing countries. ArchNet-IJAR is truly international and aims at strengthening ties between scholars from different parts of the world with contributors and readers reaching across geography, boundaries, and cultures. ArchNet-IJAR publishes research studies, criticisms and critical analyses about the creation, use, and evaluation of different types of environments at the macro and micro scales. The journal includes original empirical research papers, analytical case studies, and high quality position papers that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in architecture and urbanism.

Four major areas are covered by ArchNet-IJAR:

Architectural and Design Research
Topics include –but not limited to: architectural pedagogy and design studio teaching practices; architectural and sustainable design; design methods and architectural theories; architectural criticism; design and project programming; environment-behavior studies; information technology; Islamic architecture; computer applications and virtual environments; post occupancy and facility performance evaluation; and social and cultural factors in design.

Urban and Built Environment Studies
Topics include –but not limited to: administrative 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; space syntax and GIS applications; and way-finding and signage systems.

Critical Essays on Architectural and Planning Projects
Essays that cover the above topics; critically discussing projects in use; after they have been designed, built and occupied. Articles are preferred to utilize the case study approach as a critical method in built environment research.

Reviews and Trigger Articles
In this section, non-refereed, thought provoking articles are published while book reviews, conference announcements of interest to ArchNet-IJAR readers are outlined and summarized including critical reviews of recent books. The intention of this section is to give room for more voices so that the debate goes beyond pure academic writing. Therefore, this section represents a means of rapidly disseminating innovative ideas or lessons learned from experience and practice.

The journal has two international boards; advisory and editorial. The range of knowledge and expertise of the boards members ensures high quality scholarly papers and allows for a comprehensive academic review of contributions that span wide spectrum of issues, methods, theoretical approaches and architectural and development practices.

Advisory Board
Ashraf M. Salama, Attilio Petruccioli, Besim S. Hakim, Derya Oktay, Hashim Sarkis, Henry Sanoff, Jack StevenGoulding, Jamel Akbar, Michael J. Crosbie, Mohammad Al-Asad, Nasser O Rabbat, Nezar AlSayyad, Nicholas Wilkinson, Nikos A. Salingaros, Peter G Rowe, Suha Ozkan.

Editorial Board
Ahad Ebrahimi, Ahmed Elseragy, Akhtar Chauhan, Aleya Abdel-Hadi, Ali Cengizkan, Amar Bennadji, Amira Elnokaly, Amer Moustafa, Anne Beamish, Beatriz C. Maturana, Budi Adelar Sukada, Chengzhi Peng, Dalila El Kerdany, Donatella Mazzoleni, Ebru Cubukcu, Eman El-Nachar Farzad Pour Rahimian, Florian Wiemann, Fodil Fadli, Fuad Mallick, Hisham Elkadi, Hülya Turgut, Ihab Elzeyadi, Jason Von Meding, Karim Hadjri, Magda Sibley, Malika Bose, Martina E Murphy, Mashary Alnaim, Mirjana Lozanovska, Nada Al Nafea, Peter Kellett, Rahinah Ibrahim, Rabee Reffat, Remah Y. Gharib, Samer Bagaeen, Sarah A. Lappin, Sonja Nebel, Tomasz Arciszewski, Yasser Elshehstawy, Yasser Mahgoub.

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