JAE 71:1 Production


Theme Editor: 
Ryan E. Smith, University of Utah

August 1, 2016 - 5:00pm

“Instruments of labor (technologies) not only supply a standard of the degree of development which human labor has attained, but they are also indicators of the social conditions under which that labor is carried on.” Karl Marx, Capital I
Post-industrial architectural production benefits from a broader perspective of what it means to build. The efficiency and optimization promised by modernity, however, has had both positive and negative impacts. We can now question if the impact of buildings and the role of architects are better for the advances in technological production. What are, for example, the unintended consequences of BIM-modeled over-sized structures, triple layered gas filled glass facades, complicated forced air handling, cellular restricted prefabrication, and self-negating renewable energy?

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When architects design buildings, we simultaneously build systemic relations among modes of production – techniques and technologies – and cultural, economic, ecological and political forces. Privileging the production of objects over its attachments or its engenderment, the practice of architecture has long isolated inherent technological interests from broader forces that presuppose building. Technological production, consciously or unknowingly, also produces relationships between socio-technical performances. Lewis Mumford termed this interplay of social milieu and technological innovation as “technics.” Understanding architectural production in this way implies a dialogue between building technique and technologies (i.e. digital practices, integrated systems, collaborative delivery, structure and material advances, fabrication methods, construction modalities, workforce and skills development, ecological and environmental performances) and social parameters (i.e. economy, labor, policy, equity, and the environment).
In the context of twenty-first century mega-problems: climate change, economic crises, and social transformation, how might architects recognize the enmeshed relations of architectural production and the social forces of production? Is it possible to reflect on the production of architecture beyond causality of technological determinism (society follows technology); social determinism (technique follows society); and/or historical reductionism that often underscores scholarship and educational paradigms? How might systems theory, systems thinking, and Science Technology Studies (STS), applied to the question of production, provide more agency to the architect?
The Journal of Architectural Education Issue 71:1 seeks Scholarship of Design, Design as Scholarship, and Micro-Narratives that investigate architectural production from the perspective of its contingencies and influences on broader networks for which architecture has impact: social, economic, political and environmental systems. This issue seeks to reflect upon production technique not as individual materials or components, but as linkages between artifact and performance, as well as their engenderment and societal effects.

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JAE 72:1 a/to project
JAE 71:2 Environments
JAE 71:1 Production
JAE 70:2 Scholarship of Design
JAE 70:1 Design as Scholarship
JAE 70:1 Discursive Images
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JAE 72:1 a/to project

a/to project

Please note, this issue is not accepting Scholarship of Design.


August 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

“World of particular secret affinities: palm tree and feather duster, hairdryer and Venus de Milo, champagne bottles, prostheses, and letter-writing manuals” 
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project

To have an “idea,” architects have long experienced, consists of embarking on the adventurous project of letting it emerge through a mode of production that simultaneously entails forms of theorizing practice and practicing theory. Often the possession of an idea is contested by the reality of encountering it, anew, in the unfolding of a project. Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Carceri etchings, Zaha Hadid’s The Peak calligraphic drawings, Achim Menges’ FAZ Pavilion biomimetic studies, all portray a body of knowledge where the project becomes the very same search and discovery of a and another project. In a state of remaining open but defined, speculative but mnemonic, infinite but confined, projects are tools for thinking before they transcend into other languages. For many reasons, however, the “stuff” that generates the full life of a project is often undisclosed. Drawings, models, startling encounters and discoveries, failed experiments and changes of course, the matter that matters to the signification of a project seems to play a secondary role when the final project is disclosed.

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What artifacts and actions have designers explored to discover their projects? Normative drawings and models that are scaled versions of the proposed exist. But what else is there? A series of digitally fabricated plaster casts? A prototypical detail? A registration of material weathering? A production workflow? The ostensibly fleeting nature of everything that surrounds and constructs the evolution of an idea into a building or product comprises the projection of a project, and thus, before a project becomes a noun, it is a verb: to project. This forms a constellation of practical and theoretical actions that perform in all kinds of directions, intentions and encounters. With all its contradictions, mistakes and unforeseen outcomes, the full life of a project includes an architectural story that is rarely told. Therefore, making visible the materiality of an entire project suggests a valuable tool for learning. To project is to go beyond a surface or an edge and it is within this intrinsically transgressive nature that projects are not just things, but active places for discovery. 

The Journal of Architectural Education Issue 72:1 seeks Design as Scholarship and Micro-Narratives that critically examine and expose the project and projection of architecture as a tool for thinking. This may include work that engages with experimental forms of projection, processes of material and speculative translations, drawings and artifacts that consciously make a project, as well as unexpected instances and narratives that disrupt a project towards other explorations. Submissions may also include projects of projects, and projecting and projectable works that intersect the practice of architecture, pedagogical methodologies and critical demonstrations of what may constitute an architectural project. This call seeks to uncover the side of architectural projects that is always there, but rarely seen.

Please note, this issue is not accepting scholarship of design. 

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JAE 71:2 Environments


Theme Editor: Doug Jackson, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Anthropocene—a term proposed to signify the era of humanity’s radical transformation of the planet—is a long-overdue acknowledgement that the environment is inseparably conflated with the world constructed by humanity. This recognizes that not only has the scope of human activity reached a point at which it has the capacity to fundamentally alter the geophysical processes of the planet, but also that the environment itself is a human construction rather than an a priori condition. With etymological roots in the acts of surrounding and enclosing, the environment is both a space and a representation: it situates humans within a world, and defines the manner in which that world is understood, experienced, and engaged. This makes the environment a fundamentally architectural issue. Rather than simply the context within which architecture performs, the environment is actually defined by architecture—and, like architecture, it has been and continues to be manifested in various incarnations with multiple meanings and implications. These various environments are revealed at all of the scales at which architecture operates, such as a room, a building, a façade, a city, and an infrastructure.

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Since technology plays a significant role in framing the “nature” of the environment, it is not surprising that it has been invoked as both the source of environmental degradation as well as the hope for its rectification. Having been almost universally described in terms of quantifiable biophysical phenomena—such as global warming, desertification, deforestation, pollution, and resource exploitation—the environment has been primarily framed as a mere collection of resources to be quantified and technologically sustained for human use. The architectural discipline has mirrored this narrow understanding—having emphasized the development and incorporation of green technologies and materials, as well as the quantification of resources through LEED evaluation and certification. Is resource quantification, however, the only way to understand environmental performance? Are there qualitative forms of performance that might sponsor new and potentially valuable environments? Is there another way to understand technology’s relationship to environments other than simply as a deus ex machina capable of preserving humanity’s unsustainable tendencies through a perceived mitigation of their negative effects? Can humanity’s relationship to its environments be fundamentally transformed rather than simply sustained? Are there other scales at which this relationship can be interrogated?
The Journal of Architectural Education Issue 71:2 seeks Scholarship of Design, Design as Scholarship, and Micro-Narratives that critically examine architecture’s prevailing approaches toward environments, and which speculate on possible alternatives. This may include work that engages environmental philosophy, the history and future of environmental technology, interrogates the limits of human perception and measurement, examines the means and scope of human control over natural variation, explores the chronic nature of technological accidents and crises that arise from the limitations of such control, examines new approaches to architectural pedagogy that extend the scope of architecture’s engagement with environments, and manifest new areas of human engagement with the natural world that transform our relationship and understanding of environments.

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JAE 70:2 Scholarship of Design

Call for Theme Proposals

September 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

What is the next important question in the architectural discourse of professional practice and/or education? What issues should the Journal of Architectural Education be addressing? We invite you to tell us. The JAE invites provocative proposals for Issue 70:2 to be published in the fall of 2016. Proposals may be broadly framed or specifically situated but should clearly state the intended premise and scope of the suggested topic.
Authors should submit a 500-word (maximum) description of the proposed special issue or theme and a brief biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus and experience working with collaborators on multi-authored publications. We encourage proposals that are in partnership with current Board Members. The author(s) of the selected proposal will serve as Theme Editor(s) for JAE 70:2. In consultation with the Executive Editor and Associate Editors, the Theme Editor will be responsible for soliciting Opinion essays, assigning peer-reviewers for all submitted materials and ensuring timely completion of all theme-related content in the issue and online.

The submission deadline for all theme proposals is September 01, 2015, 5 PM PST. Refer all submissions and inquiries to Marc J Neveu, Executive Editor at

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The Journal of Architectural Education has been published since 1947 for the purpose of enhancing architectural design education, theory, and practice. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) board supports the development of the JAE as the leading, blind-refereed, scholarly journal in the field presenting thoughtful discussion about the state of architecture and architectural education. The JAE is published twice in each volume year. Contributions include Scholarship of Design, Design as Scholarship, Opinion, Translations, Interviews, Reviews, and Design Frameworks. Learn more on our Guidelines page.

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JAE 70:1 Discursive Images

Call for Submissions: Discursive Images

August 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

Marshall Brown, Chimera series, hand collage on paper, 14x17 inches
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As Robin Evans so astutely observed in his seminal 1986 essay, “Translations from Drawing to Building,” architects don’t make buildings they make drawings. Although much has changed since he made this observation, particularly with respect to disciplinary representational practices, drawings and constructed images remain primary media of architectural design.
Discursive images, a specific subset of the constructed imagery created by architects, are loaded – they are full of information, replete with spatial articulation, jam-packed with representational conceits and conventions, and overflowing with interpretive possibilities – while simultaneously concise in their delivery, refined in their graphic language, minimal in their aesthetic, and pithy in their communicative potential. Within their fulsome compositions, they retain both clues and tools for their own unpacking. They are discursive in both of its meanings, simultaneously meandering, digressive, diffuse and visually verbose, while retaining the potent capacity to stimulate discourse on, in, and surrounding the discipline of architecture.

Send us drawings laden with information, but succinct in their content delivery. Forward us your graphic inventions, your analog-digital hybrids, your rule-breakers and your convention-makers. The images will be juried by the JAE Design Committee and the best images in both faculty and  student categories will be featured in a Discursive Image Gallery on the JAE website. First-place winners in both categories will be featured in the print journal.
Submission guidelines:
• only one submission per person
• must be from the 2014-15 academic year
• indicate student or faculty category
• include a title and a keyword
• 600 dpi for line drawings and 300 dpi for all other images
• send your file to: (note: you may need to share your file as an uploaded link if it is larger than 25MB)

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JAE 70:1 Design as Scholarship


August 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

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The first issue of the Journal of Architectural Education’s 70th volume will be a non-themed issue. We will accept essays across a range of topics to include, but not limited to, the following: . atmosphere . beginningdesign . body . construction . color . designbuild . demolition . energy . education . fabrication . form . global . ground . health . house . interiors . intention . journals . joint . knowledge . kitsch . line . labyrinth . making . meaning . narrative . notation . order . operation . place . precedent . quality . quantifiable . representation . responsibility . structure . sustainability . technique . technology . urbanism . utopia . vernacular . void . wallpaper . watershed . x-axis . xeric . yard . yoke . zoning . ziggurat...

The JAE accepts Scholarship essays, Design essays, as well as Micro-Narrative essays. Design essays may also be considered across a range of frameworks.

Please review the Author Guide prior to submitting your manuscript at:

Image credit: 2010-11 ACSA Faculty Design Award “The Aurora Project” Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno California College of the Arts & University of California Berkeley
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JAE 69:2 S,M,L,XL


Theme Editors: 
Alicia Imperiale, Temple University

Enrique Ramirez, University of Pennsylvania

March 1, 2015 - 5:00pm

“The future has already arrived. 
It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”
—Attributed to William Gibson

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas/OMA’s S,M,L,XL, this special issue of JAE will serve as a platform to revisit, expose, and otherwise reevaluate the book’s ineluctable influence(s) on the practice and writing of architecture. We start with the premise that this rather large book— weighing in at over 6 pounds and printed with 1,376 pages of text and graphical material— has a lot to answer for. Many own the book, few have actually read it cover to cover, and yet S,M,L,XL was more than a last hurrah, more than an emissary from a future we are already familiar with. To put it another way, S,M,L,XL was very much an artifact of its time, a sterling example of the frontiers of architecture publishing when the Internet was still a low-bandwidth, slow, and limited medium. Yet the book also prefigured many aspects of contemporary architecture practice.

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The architect as global consultant, media pundit, or technological early-adopter: All of these appear in the pages of S,M,L,XL, curated and calibrated for consumption by specialist and non-specialist audiences around the world. Bloated, sumptuous, extravagant, yet serious in its analyses, and conscious of its global outlook, the book, a self-styled “novel about architecture,” becomes a kind of barometer by which the current state of architecture practice can be measured. To paraphrase William Gibson, the future of architecture had arrived with the publication of S,M,L,XL, and it took subsequent generations of practitioners and technologies to distribute it evenly. 

For this issue, we seek contributions that will shed new critical light on the influence of S,M,L,XL through multiple vantage points. Can S,M,L,XL be considered an important waypoint in the trajectory of architecture publishing, one marking the transition from the modernist manifesto to the image-rich websites of today? Does the book’s curious structure, a montage-like assembly of projects, texts, and graphs from OMA’s first twenty years, arranged across titular scales from small to extra-large, inaugurate a new paradigm for architectural expertise, one where the architect brings multiple scales into dialogue while addressing global contingencies? Do we think of urbanism differently because of S,M,L,XL? Beyond the resurgence of practices with acronyms for names and the proliferation of “big books” like U.N. Studio’s Move (1999) or MVRDV’s FARMAX (1999), what other futures did S,M,L,XL bring into the spotlight? Is today’s architect, an electronic-media-savvy, globe girdling consultant tuned in to 24-hour news cycles and streaming online content, the inheritor of the alternative modes of research, publishing, and production we find nestled inside the pages of S,M,L,XL? We hope that this special issue of JAE will invite speculation of how this is, is not, or may be the case.

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JAE 69:1 Crisis


Theme Editor:
Timothy Hyde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (

August 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

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To pursue questions such as these, this themed issue solicits contributions that interrogate the relationship between crisis and architecture at the present moment as well as in prior historical events and objects. The emphasis intended for the issue is less the mitigation or solution of crises than the contextualization of crisis itself in relation to design practice. To this end, the preference will be given to contributions that contextualize crisis (Scholarship of Design) and those that interrogate crisis (Design as Scholarship).

Submissions for the category of Scholarship of Design might reveal different historical attitudes and exigencies of crisis through the examination of architects, practices, or events in contexts such as political revolutions, or economic contractions, or extreme climates. Submissions for the category of Design as Scholarship might address diverse manifestations of crisis—urban, financial, environmental, etc.—through the elucidation or demonstration of links between design practices and causes and consequences of such crises. Overall, the issue seeks contributions that elaborate Crisis itself as a motivation, a means of judgment, a temporality, in short, a medium for architecture.

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JAE 68:2 Building Modern Africa

Building Modern Africa

Theme Editors: 
David Rifkind, Florida International University (
Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University (

March 1, 2014 - 5:00pm

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This thematic issue of the Journal of Architectural Education focuses on architecture and urbanism in Africa since the early nineteenth century. JAE 68:2 will explore the processes of modernization that have shaped the continent and their reflection in the built environment. 

Essays might investigate increasing levels of political engagement and issues of social identity in the built environment, offer nuanced considerations of colonial and post-colonial design, or posit new theoretical approaches to understanding the built environment in Africa. They may include discussions of trans-national and trans-continental cultural exchanges, comparative studies of urban planning techniques, examinations of experimental building technologies, case studies of sustainable development projects, close readings of theoretical statements, and critical translations of canonical texts. Articles will be chosen to reflect the geographical, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity of Africa. 

Essays submitted under the Scholarship of Design rubric may be historical, theoretical or critical in nature, and can focus on any time period over the last two centuries. Comparative studies are particularly welcome, as are works that approach historical subject matter with innovative methodological frameworks. Design as Scholarship articles may discuss built or speculative projects that engage the exigencies of their contemporary context critically. The editors are especially interested in work that offers new models for design as a mode of research. Opinion essays and reviews will be solicited.

Our goal is that the JAE theme issue, Building Modern Africa, will comprise a valuable and unique contribution to the fields of architectural education, design, and architectural history, and will become a standard reference for faculty, scholars and students.

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JAE 68:1 Design+


Theme Editors: 
Graham Livesey, University of Calgary
Amy Kulper, University of Michigan
Marc Neveu, Wentworth Institute of Technology

March 1, 2013 - 5:00pm

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The JAE invites unpublished text-based (Scholarship of Design) and design-based (Design as Scholarship) submissions for publication in the Fall 2013 issue that explore contemporary architectural design and design pedagogy within the following rubrics:

Design + Theory: What is the role of theory in contemporary architectural design, or is theory on the decline? Are there emerging theories that need wider exposure? Are old design theories being revived? What theoretical models are currently being explored in design studios?

Design + History: What are current issues in architectural history that impact on contemporary design? How should historical debates be framed in design discourses? Are historical precedents important in contemporary architectural practice? Is there a continuing place for traditional modes of representation in design practice?

Design + Technology: What is the role of building science in design studio? Do architects need greater technical expertise? What are emerging technologies, materials, assemblies, and practices that are influencing contemporary design? Has technology replaced theory and history? How is material culture shaping, or being shaped, by design? 

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Acceptance Rates

JAE is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge on behalf of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The JAE has been the primary venue for research and commentary on architectural education since it was founded in 1947, making it the oldest continuing operating journal of its kind. We have compiled the acceptance rates for the peer-reviewed content from Scholarship of Design and Design as Scholarship >>

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