Useful Research Links

The following list provides links to useful sources of research information.

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Association of Art Historians (AAH)

The Association of Art Historians supports and promotes the study of art history. We are the national organisation for professional art and design historians, researchers or students. The AAH represents the interest of those involved in all aspects of the discipline including, art, design, architecture, visual culture, film, photography, digital media, curating and conservation.

The AAH publishes an academic journal, reviews magazine and newsletter. We host range of activities and events, including an annual conference and book fair. Internationally the AAH has over one thousand members.


Haecceity Inc. - Critical Architecture Theory

Haecceity Inc. is founded on the intention to support, through varied means of dissemination, critical architecture theory that addresses the status of architecture vis-à-vis the status of being at the end of metaphysics. The Haecceity project consists of an individually themed twice-yearly journal entitled Haecceity Papers, a quarterly dissertation-length publication series entitled Quarterly Architecture Essay (QAE) - both of which are accessible from the Haecceity Inc. Online Publishing Portal - alongside public lecture transcripts, Haecceity print title publication announcements and book reviews also published online.


ISPA - International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture

philosophically investigating architecture, building & related subjects

The society’s objectives are to engender as well as provide an informal platform for real philosophic engagement with the subject of architecture. The intention of doing so is not merely to raise questions about architecture, but also to bring clarity to an otherwise metaphysically muddled discourse.

I S P A advocates a philosophizing of architecture in the same manner that philosophers philosophize, yet with the objective not of investigating formal subjects of philosophy as epistemology but of purging the architectural discourse of pulp theory. The disciplinary aims of this society are to apply these aspects of philosophy to the subject of architecture:

  • conceptual insight(s)
  • rigorous analysis
  • well-refined method(s) for dealing with concepts in the practice of philosophy

The society champions these in an effort to better understand the architectural transient. Some such examples may include the exploration and/or reconciliation of the following topics of philosophical and architectural discourse:

  • aesthetics / politics / ethics / epistemology / etc.
  • modernism (e.g. functionalism) / postmodernism (e.g. constructionism, deconstructionism, structuralism and post-structuralism, semiology) / etc.

What the results of this purging would be cannot of course be predicted. However, it would appear that this kind of work would make inroads into exposing what a common notion might be.




JISCmail is an e-mailing list service sponsored by JISC (The Joint Information Systems Committee), for the UK Higher and Further Education communities, enabling members to stay in touch and share information by e-mail or via the web. JISC supports further and higher education by providing opportunities to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration. JISC is funded by all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils.

JISCmail currently offers several useful lists in the architecture and built environment area:

This list carries announcements of interest to architectural historians in further and higher education and heritage bodies: calls for papers; conferences; lectures; publications; courses; funds; vacancies; organisations.

This discussion list enables those who have an interest in architecture and aesthetics to provide their views and exchange news and information on the built environment in an aesthetic context.

The list will provide a forum for the sharing of information between teachers of computing and digital design in schools of architecture in the UK.


Online Doctorate Degrees

This site contains an unbiased and updated list of every school that offers an online Doctorate Degree in the US.  It is a useful resource for doctorate students. All the schools are listed on the front page and lead directly to each program, additionally they are sorted by state.


Resource Discovery Network (RDN)

The RDN selects, catalogues and delivers high-quality Internet resources for further and higher education.


RIBA - The Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA - The Royal Institute of British Architects promotes research and innovation to advance the knowledge base of the profession by encouraging interaction between practitioners and researchers, by facilitating debate, and by helping disseminate research outcomes.

The Research & Development Department aims to act as effective matchmakers between:

  • those with a research capability, such as practices, schools of architecture, other academic institutions and research institutions.
  • those with a need for research, such as government, commercial organisations, professional groups, industry, practices, charities and representational groups.
  • those with funds for research, such as research councils and funding bodies, national government funding sources, EU and other international governmental funding sources, industry, commerce and representational groups.

Our other main aim is to:

  • publish, encourage publication and otherwise disseminate and implement the outcomes of research for both applied and academic purposes. The RIBA will take the lead role in instigating, managing and possibly undertaking research in its own name and in partnership with others as appropriate.


RIBA President’s Awards for Research

The RIBA Research & Development department introduced the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in 2005 to reward and encourage excellence in architectural research carried out by PhD students, Academics and Practitioners. The awards were established with the awareness of the need for research across the profession in educational institutions and professional practices.

The RIBA President’s Awards for Research was awarded for the first time in 2006 to the best PhD thesis and University-led Research for their exceptional contribution to research in architecture. From 2007 all three RIBA President’s Awards for Research will be given annually:

  • RIBA President’s Award for Research – PhD Thesis (for the best PhD Thesis from an RIBA-validated School of Architecture)
  • RIBA President’s Award for Research – University-located Research (for a research project initiated in an RIBA-validated School of Architecture)
  • RIBA President’s Award for Research – Professional Practice-located Research (for a research project initiated by an RIBA member or RIBA registered/chartered practice)

We welcome entries from interested candidates. Submission forms can also be found on our website at

For further information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 0207 307 3885

Assessment will be undertaken by a Judging Panel appointed by the Research & Development Committee and approved by the RIBA President. Winners will be awarded at the annual RIBA President’s Medals ceremony.



'S-architecture' is a mailing list run by Dr John Macarthur at the University of Queensland intended for scholars of architecture. The list will post information of international scope such as: scholarship and grant opportunities, calls for papers and notices of conferences of interest to academic staff, postgraduate students, and those in the profession engaged in research activity. Although 's-architecture' is based in Australia and New Zealand, it now has a rapidly expanding international membership.

Anyone can join the list and post to it. To subscribe send a message (leaving the subject line blank and turning off your signature) including in the body of the message the word 'subscribe', to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


"The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, warmly welcomes membership applications from individuals from all walks of life who are interested in the history of architecture of all places and in all periods of time.

Our newsletters, symposia, field-based conferences and study days and overseas study trips provide opportunities for the exchange and discussion of ideas about this subject, while our journal, Architectural History, is one of the world's leading English-language publications of original research and significant source material related to historical architecture.

We provide bursaries for research students and established scholars and each year we award the 'Hawksmoor' Essay Medal and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion to outstanding student essayists and book authors respectively."


The Bartlett School of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture runs an e-mail listing service giving details of public lectures, seminars, conferences, and other events to do with architecture. Emails are sent out as monthly summaries of upcoming events, and as weekly reminders of things happening over the next seven days. This service is free, and is available to anyone. If you wish to receive the listing, please send a message with the word 'subscribe' in the header, and giving your full name in the body of the message,


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