A multi-disciplinary architecture open-access journal publishing scholarly papers on the social and political interpretation of the built environment.

Journal aims and scope

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.


Journal owner information

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

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Publication frequency: Architecture_MPS publishes one article every month.


Contact the journal

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


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 our Editorial Policy.


Abstracting & Indexing

UCL Press works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search 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. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer 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 editorial policy pages.


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 required to make an APC payment for submission or publication before publication of their article.


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 ithe journal 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 and also the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy.

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 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. Main body of text List of abbreviations If any abbreviations have been used, please define and list them accordingly under this heading.

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

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

A full references list 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. We welcome critical and original engagement with different fields but always seek to connect those engagements back to the built environment. On this basis, Architecture_MPS has published articles by artists, lawyers, planners, architects and sociologists, each of whom address the relationship of their disciplines with the built environment. Typical length: 5-6000 words.


Special issues

Below readers will find a list of published special series in the journal. Special issues are published articles that focus on a particular theme. Special issues are typically guest edited (readers find details of guest editors in the below list.)



Historical narratives of public health in the built environment

Guest editors:
Seyeon Lee, Syracuse University, USA
Tara Hipwood, Northumbria University, UK



Re-imagining the City: Urban Space in the Post-Covid City

Guest editor:
Jason Montgomery, City University of New York, USA



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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