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

Space to Learn/Think/Work: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education | Vol. 9, Issue no. 1, March 2021

Igea Troiani and Claudia Dutson, Editors.

Deprived of welfare state support, Higher education has changed markedly since the mid 1960s, mainly due to its privatisation. The neoliberal university has taken hold in many developed countries so that nowadays the imperatives of Higher Education have moved away from a liberal, openly accessible, broadly based education to one that will “commercialise scientific research, launch entrepreneurial degree programs, establish industry partnerships, and build entrepreneurial cultures and ecosystems”.1 This shift manifests itself in an anti-intellectual criticism of the university (often framed in terms of spatial metaphors of ivory towers, echo chambers, halls of mirrors, cloisters, and silos) as well as in ambitious real-estate developments, opening of overseas campuses, and expansion of property portfolios with new buildings in which one finds an excess of ‘spaces for collaboration’, ‘vibrant meeting points’ and multi-coloured, office-style soft furniture. Because the university has been characterised as being cut off from real-world concerns of the office workplace, many Higher Education institutions now use business strategies to incorporate real-world experience within education.

This issue of Architecture and Culture invites critical analysis of the neoliberal university and its spatial practices in the here and now. We invite contributions from academics and practitioners in architecture, cultural theory, interiors, and related spatial practices, in philosophy, and other [disciplinary] areas.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • -  The architectures of education

  • -  The academic-industrial complex

  • -  Spatial practices of resistance

  • -  The incubator (Entrepreneurs in the University)

  • -  The Live Project (Academics in the Real World)

  • -  Studio practice and the competitive workplace

  • -  Academic labour, administration and performance review

  • -  The Managerial University and the Corporation

  • -  Real estate, the university brand and signature campus buildings

  • -  The new University of Excellence and commercially driven market forces

  • -  The University Establishment, class/gender/race and social mobility

  • -  Picket lines and teach-outs

  • -  The spatial forms of ‘slow scholarship’

    Production schedule

    Call for Papers issued 04 February 2019

    Submissions accepted until 01 July 2019" title="go to the publisher's site">This issue is available here

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