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


Architecture_MPS is a fully peer reviewed open access journal that aims to address the growing interest in the social and political interpretation of the built environment, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It draws on experts who can bring emerging issues of international importance to the English-speaking community, and it has published high-profile academics and emerging voices from multiple countries, including notable international figures such as Noam Chomsky and Kenneth Frampton. By linking its publications with a range of research programmes and conferences, it further raises awareness of the social importance of architecture. Currently, Architecture_MPS publishes continuously between September and July.

Architecture_MPS is the official publication of AMPS, a registered non-profit research organisation.

AMPS (Architecture, Media, Politics, Society) is an international non-profit research organisation. AMPS sees the definition, debates and concerns of the built environment as intrinsic to those at the heart of other social, cultural and political discourses. The territory it seeks to explore is an overlaid terrain in which the physical, material and the environmental are critically examined through the prism of the cultural, the mediatic, the social and the political.

Its focus is cross disciplinary and draws on the media, politics and the social sciences. It invites participation from all sectors: architects, planners, policy makers, artists, academics, the public and community activists. It functions as an open access platform for publication, a forum for debate through conferences and workshop, a conduit for book publications and also operates as an academic resource repository. Run by information professionals, the repository offers up-to-date materials and listings for research.

Its social aims can be defined as: promoting an understanding of the role of architecture and the built environment on communities, public health and society more broadly; engaging all its stakeholders in events and debates aimed at better understanding and communicating the needs of each party; and providing openly accessible materials such as written articles, research guides, current event listings, and a database of organisations that support these aims.

Executive Editor

Dr Graham Cairns, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA


Academic Editor

Prof Murray Fraser, The Bartlett School of Architecture, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, UK


Co-ordinating Editor

Dr Jennifer L. Gray, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, USA



Assoc. Prof C. A. Debelius, Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, Appalachian State University, USADr Silvio Carta, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire, UKAya Alphs, Independent Scholar, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UKDr Michail Galanakis, Independent Scholar, Finland

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 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
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO Art Source, Art Full Text, and Art & Architecture Complete
  • Ulrichsweb
  • JURN
  • OpenAIRE
  • ScienceOpen database
  • Portico digital archive
  • UCL Discovery
  • 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.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on our 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 welcomes submissions on all themes related to contemporary and historical architecture and its relationship with media, politics and/or society in its broadest sense. Authors should follow the journal’s author guidelines. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review.

All submissions should be sent to the Executive Editor. Please email your full manuscript, author CV, as well as a 300 word abstract to Dr Graham Cairns at

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.

Before submitting to the journal, all authors must have read and agreed to the journal’s editorial policy, found here.


Preparing your manuscript

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

Manuscripts can be submitted using any citation style but, if accepted for publication, authors must revise to Notes-Bibliography System (NB) of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. (see here for a short version of the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines). For more detailed Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, here.

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 250 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 meta-data that will be seen first by people searching your article.)

Please list up to 10 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
Please use endnotes rather than footnotes for any additional notes and information. These should appear at the end of the main text, before References. All notes should be used only where crucial to clarify information.

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.

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


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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