Architecture and Culture

Architecture and Culture, the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it. Whether culture is understood extensively, as shared experience of everyday life, or in terms of the rules and habits of different disciplinary practices, Architecture and Culture asks how architecture participates in and engages with it – and how both culture and architecture might be reciprocally transformed.


International award for Architecture journal, Architecture and Culture

Architecture and Culture: Journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) has won the prestigious Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) award for ‘Best New Journal 2014’. The award was announced at a ceremony held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on the 8th January 2015. The journal was founded by AHRA Steering Group members, Igea Troiani (Chair of the AHRA from 2009-2012) and Diana Periton. In 2013 they were joined by co-editor, Suzanne Ewing and AHRA Journal Committee members, Stephen Walker and Gordana Fontana-Giusti.


The judges of the CELJ competition gave their feedback on the journal:

Architecture and Culture serves as an impressive source for scholarship that is simultaneously inclusive, thoughtful and substantial.

One of the major strengths of this journal is that in its mission to promote a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of architecture, it publishes work from an impressive range of scholars.

Architecture and Culture stands as an innovative journal that will continue to publish work that informs, surprises and enriches its field.


The AHRA Journal Committee would like to thank Bloomsbury Publishing – in particular Julia Hall, Geraldine Billingham and Mark Stanton –, the AHRA Steering Group, Members of the Editorial Advisory board, Reviewers, Contributors, Alice Bosc and everyone who assisted in developing and producing the journal.



Architecture and Culture: A Villages and Globalization Issue | vol.5, issue 1

Nearly half of humanity is “rural,” mostly living in villages, somewhere in the ninety-seven percent or so of the world’s land mass that is defined as “not urban.” Considering this, it is surprising that while the shelves of architecture department libraries groan under the weight of books about cities and urbanization, one has to hunt for those sparsely scattered texts about contemporary rural settlements. In the UK, the work of Gillian Darley has been the notable exception, but few others have followed her lead. [Gillian Darley, Villages of Vision (London: Architectural Press, 1975)]. However, as interest in the wider metabolism of urbanization grows within the discipline, so too does architecture’s interest in rural terrains and settlements. Highly regarded outfits like Rural Studio and Rural Urban Framework put the rural at the heart of their practice, and the current attention being given to rural issues by major architectural figures such as Wang Shu and Rem Koolhaas has also added momentum to this expansion of architecture’s terrains. The aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to contribute to this growing interest with these eight articles about villages, and ideas about villages in an age of globalization, not only in rural terms but also in terms of what cities might learn from studying them (is it possible to know what a city is without understanding its relationship with the countryside?)." title="go to the publisher's site">This issue is available here

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