ISSN: 2050-9006 

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All general enquiries should be made to the Executive Editor Dr Graham Cairns.






Architecture_MPS is a fully peer-reviewed international open access journal that aims to address the growing interest in the social and political interpretation of the built environment, from a multidisciplinary perspective. The journal’s focus lies in critical and original engagement with the built environment and explicitly welcomes interdisciplinary perspectives on this focus. The territory it seeks to explore is an overlaid terrain in which the physical, material and the environmental are critically examined through the prisms offered by other fields. The journal publishes articles from planners, architects, urban designers, sociologists, artists, urban economists and lawyers specialized in land rights, and aims to address the relationship of these disciplines with the built environment.  


Architecture_MPS is the official journal of the international research organization, AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society). The organization is supported by over 200 academics internationally who support it primarily through reviewing, editing and administration. AMPS has connected academics in the fields of the built environment with scholars from the fields of media studies, political science, sociology, the arts and education across the world. It was founded with the intention of supporting research in the overlapping issues in these fields as they relate to the design, planning and management of the environments we inhabit. It sees the definition, debates and concerns of the built environment as intrinsic to those of other discourses. It sees teaching and research as complimentary components of academia and seeks to support efforts to align work in both areas.  

Executive Editor

Prof Graham Cairns PhD. MA. B(Arch). BA(hons). IE. RIBA. Professor, Department of Architecture, Miami University, USA 


Academic Editor

Prof Murray Fraser. Professor of Architecture and Global Culture, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, UK 


Associate Editors

Dr Silvio Carta Ing. Arch. PhD. DE. AFHEA. ARB. RIBA; Director of the Professional Doctorates in Design (DDES), Head of Design, University of Hertfordshire, London, England, UK 
Dr Maciej Stasiowski. Lecturer, Institute of Audiovisual Arts at Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, Poland 
Dr. Michail Galanakis PhD. MA. March. Lecturer; Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Architecture, Aalto University, Finland 


Advisory Board 

Dr Georgios Artopoulos. Associate Professor in Architecture, The Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center, Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus 
Dr Ayşegül Akçay. Assistant professor in Faculty of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey 
Laura Sanderson. Programme Leader MArch; Senior Lecturer, Manchester School of Architecture Manchester Metropolitan University, UK    

Journal information 

ISSN: 2050-9006 


Published by: 
UCL Press 
University College London (UCL) 
Gower Street 

Twitter: @uclpress 

Open-access policy

All articles published in Architecure_MPS are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 international license agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY license agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. 

Further information regarding this can be found at and licensing terms and conditions can be found in the UCL the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy.


Abstracting & Indexing

UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and databases. Articles published in Architecture_MPS are indexed in the following: 

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 
  • EBSCO (Art & Architecture Source, Art Full Text and Art & Architecture Complete) 
  • Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) 
  • JURN 
  • Portico digital archive 
  • ScienceOpen 
  • UCL Discovery 
  • Ulrichsweb 
  • Web of Science (ESCI) 
  • Google Scholar 
  • Baidu   


Peer review

Architecture_MPS operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Reviewers cannot be from the same institution as the author, based at any funding bodies connected to the paper and cannot be recommended by authors or anyone else connected to the paper. Author(s) should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. 

Further information regarding peer review can be found on the UCL Press Journal’s Editorial Policy. 


Article publication charges (APC)

UCL Press journals do not charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in this journal. Architecture_MPS authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment or pay a submission fee. 

How to submit

Architecture_MPS seeks to publish high quality interdisciplinary research on issues that interconnect with the design, planning and experience of the built environment. 

  • The primarily article type it publishes is original Research Articles of 5,000-7,000 words. 
  • Abstracts should be approximately 300 words. 
  • All images should be embedded in the document submitted. 
  • The maximum file size is 15MB. 
  • Authors should use the Notes-Bibliography System (NB) of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. 
  • A formatting template will be provided for all papers accepted for publication. Authors must ensure their paper conforms to this exactly. 

If you would like to inquire about the suitability of a proposed piece prior to full submission please submit an abstract for brief feedback to the Executive Editor: 

In submitting a manuscript, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to AMPS’ Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. 

All papers should be sent to the Executive Editor, Dr Graham Cairns, either through the AMPS website or via email at Please include your full manuscript and a 300 word abstract. 

Authors should follow the UCL Press author guidelines. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review. 


Preparing your manuscript

Authors should format submission in accordance with the UCL Press author guidelines, as well as the following specific instructions outlined here. 

The citation style AMPS uses is the Chicago Manual of Style Notes-Bibliography System (NB) 17th edition. 

A formatting template will be provided for all papers accepted for publication. Authors must ensure their paper conforms to this exactly. 

To help authors, AMPS will accept papers for review that do not correspond to its citation system and formatting requirements. However, if a paper is accepted after review the author must commit to using AMPS’ citation style and formatting requirements. 

For an abbreviated version of the required citation style, use this short guide 

For a full version, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style website 

Architecture_MPS operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. The word count should be clearly indicated. All submissions must be in .doc or .docx format to facilitate the peer-review process.

Manuscripts must be in English, but dual copies in other languages can be published simultaneously upon request. The journal actively encourages multi language format. 

The journal aims to inform potential contributors of a decision within three months. All decisions by the peer-review/editorial team are final. 



Title page (unblinded version)
Please include the full title, the full names of contributing authors including their institutions/affiliation and address, and their institutional email address (including ORCiD ID’s). The corresponding author(s) should also be identified.

Please present the abstract as an overview of your article (up to 300 words), giving a summary of the contents and major themes. (Note that this will ultimately be used by search engines, and it will form part of the metadata that will be seen first by people searching your article.)

Please list up to 5 keyword terms that accurately reflect the article. 

The citation system used by this publication, requires the use of endnotes and a bibliography. Please use endnotes rather than footnotes. These should appear at the end of the main text, before the bibliography. 

The Acknowledgements page should mention everyone whose contribution to the work you wish to recognise.

The bibliography should contain all the sources cited in the text.

Declarations and conflict of interests
Clearly state the following in the article: 

  • Consent from all authors for publication and their contributions 
  • Clearly declare any possible conflicts of interest, including but not limited to financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading. For further information, please refer to the journal’s Editorial Policy. 
  • Ethics approval statement (where applicable) 
  • Consent for publication (where applicable) 


    Article types

    Original research article
    Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature. Typical length: 6-7000 words. We will accept longer articles. We welcome critical and original engagement with different fields but always seek to publish research that connects to issues of the built environment.  

    Review article
    Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic and field relevant to the journal’s remit. These articles are intended to be full and critical engagements with relevant research and should seek to offer something new to the materials discussed. For example: identify new insights; outline new areas of additional research needed; introduce relevant new materials into the primary field of enquiry from other disciplines. We are particularly interested in review articles that engage directly with our research articles and related activities to continue debate across the journal’s formats. Typically articles are 5-6000 words. Shorter articles can be considered at the editor’s discretion.

    Book review
    Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book whose content is relevant to AMPS or the Architecture_MPS journal. A specific link to the journal’s previous content is welcome to further debate about themes initiated in research articles. They are typically invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book’s contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. Typically reviews should be a maximum of 2000 words.

    Conceptual Critiques
    Conceptual Critiques are texts that seek to develop concepts and ideas in formats that are more direct and summary in nature than a standard article. They are intended to present a well thought out critique of the field, topic, or research, and to stimulate further discussion and debate. Themes can cover any topics relevant to the AMPS / Architecture_MPS remit. Engagement with current or previous publications in the journal are welcome to further debate started by our original research articles. These texts are normally by invitation only, however unsolicited articles are welcome and prospective authors should firstly contact the Editors with their contribution before formal submission. Typical length: 3-4000 words.

    Commentary Article
    Commentary articles are sought to further the debates initiated by the Architecture_MPS journal’s research articles and related AMPS research activities. They will ideally provide additional explanation on the topics discussed and be of general interest to the community and field. Commentary articles are subject to peer review and are usually shorter articles with concise and narrow narratives. Typical length: 2000 words.


    Special issues

    Architecture_MPS welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal.

    Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field. Guest Editors source materials from other researchers in their chosen area and will work in conjunction with the Architecture_MPS Co-ordinating Editor.

    Authors wishing to submit proposals should use the Guest Editor – Special Issue Proposal Form For an informal discussion on the suitability of a theme, please contact the Executive Editor Dr Graham Cairns at:


    Socio-Urban Critiques and a New Normal 
    Guest editor: 
    Dr Maciej Stasiowski, Independent Researcher, Pszczyna 43-200, Poland 



    Design Education  
    Guest editors: 
    Lohren Deeg, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University, USA. 
    Taylor Metz, Assistant Teaching Professor of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University, USA. 
    Richard Tursky, Assistant Teaching Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, USA. 


    The journal also welcomes special issue proposals. Proposals should be submitted using the Proposal Form found on the AMPS webpage. For further information, see here, or contact the Principal Editor with informal queries.   

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