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TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN is a peer-­reviewed international journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology and its translation, integration, and impact on architecture and design. TAD aims to become an essential source for new knowledge about how we think, make and use technology within the building arts. Published articles feature primary research in emerging materials, construction techniques, design integration, structures, building systems, energy, environmental design, information technology, digital fabrication, sustainability and resiliency, project delivery, the history and theory of technology, and building technology education. Intended for researchers, educators, and practitioners, the journal advances and transforms the current discourse on building-­based technologies with the goal of expanding, reimagining and challenging its role for architecture and design.

Moreover, TAD is committed to positioning building technology within a broader range of cultural, ethical and critical contexts to identify how it can and does contribute ‘value’ to architecture and design. It also invites manuscripts that review research and analytical methodologies, and field bibliographies associated with building-­based technologies in order to embrace their projective potential as forms of cultural practice.



The journal publishes peer reviewed and non peer reviewed manuscripts in the following categories. The majority of the journal’s content will be comprised of peer reviewed manuscripts. Non-peered reviewed manuscripts are invited by the Editorial Board and include those listed below.


Manuscripts (Research, Creative Design, Critical Theory) (4,000 – 5,000 words)

The journal welcomes manuscripts from researchers, educators and practitioners. A manuscript should:

  • clearly state the impact or contribution of the work to a designated field,
  • communicate knowledge of relevant past literature, practice framework, or design approaches within the field,
  • be an original work of research, creative design, or critical theory,
  • discuss the projected impact or influence of the work in the field.

NON-PEER REVIEWED  (all submissions in these categories are solicited by the Editorial Board)

Research Methodologies, Subject/Field Literature Reviews, and Subject Datum Reviews (3000 words)

The solicited manuscripts are meant to:

  • advance our understanding of research methodologies and practices in any of the journal’s Subject Areas. These manuscripts might review existing approaches and their corresponding effectiveness, all the while proposing innovative practices.
  • describe and discuss literature reviews in any of the journal’s Subject Areas which identify, feature and interpret essential articles for the field.
  • examine and discuss the current state of research in any of the journal’s Subject Areas. These submissions should survey acclaimed and essential publications, identify a baseline for research knowledge in the field, and highlight emergent directions for future research.

All manuscripts in this category should communicate findings in a straightforward manner, providing tools and insights for those looking to make new contributions to a field. 


Position Statements (1,500 words)

The Editorial Board solicits manuscripts that articulate a particular position or opinion important to the development of any of the journal’s Subject Areas. Submissions are welcome by authors with significant experience in the subject area under consideration. They might offer timely reflections on a particular topic, or question the very structure of established intellectual discourse.


Book, Exhibit, Technology, Building Project, and Software Reviews (1500 words)

The Editorial Board solicits manuscripts that review books, exhibits, technologies, and software in any of the journal’s Subject Areas.



Material Constructions

  • Structural Design
  • Construction Technology
  • Architectural Materials
  • Building Envelopes
  • Emerging and Nano Materials

Environmental Design

  • Sustainable design
  • Resiliency and Cities
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Performance Simulations
  • Energy Studies
  • Building Systems Design
  • Acoustics

Digital Design

  • Data in Design
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Robotics
  • Software Development
  • Information Technologies
  • Smart Buildings and Cities
  • Methods (software and tools)

Project Delivery

  • BIM
  • Lean Construction
  • Integrated Design
  • Emerging Project Delivery Methods
  • Post Occupancy Evaluations

History and Theory of Building Technology

  • History and Theory based research that advances any of the above Subject Areas
  • Pedagogical Innovations and Research with demonstrable outcomes in any of the listed subject areas. Accepted submissions will be exceptional in the level of innovation documented through testing rather than mere accounts of teaching based activities. Substantial curricular innovations are welcome.



The manuscript’s Research Question and Methodology are important considerations in the evaluation of the quality of the paper.

QUESTION: Authors should state an original thesis question that identifies particular innovations and contributions to a field or fields.

METHOD: Authors can use a variety research methods for articles submitted to TAD, including:

Qualitative Research Methods: non-­numeric sources of data and evidence including, but not limited to:

  • Interviews
  • Process observations
  • Descriptions of material culture
  • Historiographic and archival research
  • Experimental work
  • Theory based work

Quantitative Research Methods: numeric sources of data and evidence including; but not limited to:

  • Statistical analyses
  • Value and counts (such as a survey with a Likert scale)
  • User based surveys
  • Post Occupancy Evaluations
  • Modeling and Simulation

Case studies, Mixed methodologies, Cross-­sectional studies, Longitudinal studies, Experimental Work.




Manuscripts should include:

FILE ONE -­ Identification

  • Title page that identifies title, author(s) details with name/affiliation, corresponding author contact details, word count, abstract, keywords, funding disclosures, and acknowledgements, where applicable.
  • Second page that lists all image, table and figure captions, copyrights, permissions, and funding information.

FILE TWO -­ Main manuscript, including:

  • Abstract, including the Research Question
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Explanation of methodological approach
  • Body of original work
  • Conclusions, identifying the contribution of new knowledge in the field
  • References
  • Captions for all Images, Tables and Figures located where the respective Image, Table or Figure should be located.

Author name(s) or other identifying information such as institutional or professional affiliation shall not appear anywhere else in manuscript or file names.

FILE THREE -­ Graphics, Tables and Data Sets (a single archive file with all graphics)

  • Images, Tables and Figures
  • Data Sets : Data needed to independently validate findings presented in the manuscript. These could be in the form of 3D models, computer scripts, measurements, interview surveys, etc.


Fonts, Margins, and Paper size

  • Documents are to use 12 pt. Times Roman font,
  • Double-­space the text
  • Documents are to submitted in U.S. “Letter” format (8-­1/2” x 11”)
  • Include 1-­inch margins all around.


Language: Papers are to be submitted using American English.
Mathematics: Equations are to be submitted as editable text.
Reference Style: Authors may use MLA or or APA for in-­text citations and references.
Units: SI units are to be used.


Manuscripts should be submitted for initial review via email to and cc.-ed to

  • In Microsoft Word Format
  • The Files should be named as: (1) FILE ONE: Author name_Manuscript Title, (2) FILE TWO: Manuscript Title, and (3) FILE THREE: Manuscript Title _Graphics.
  • Location of Images are identified in the body of the text with (Fig.1. Text label)
  • Images and tables are submitted in a separate compiled document, called FILE THREE, using JPGs or TIFF. Resolution 300 dpi.
  • The total file size should be limited to 5MB to ensure distribution for review.


Manuscripts are reviewed by the TAD Executive Editor for compatibility with the Journal’s mission and goals. Manuscripts submitted in the Peer-­Review Category undergo a double-­blind peer review process, wherein neither reviewer nor author are identified to the other. Each paper will be read and evaluated by a minimum of three reviewers with expertise in the related field and subject area.

Reviewers will evaluate, in equal measure:

  • Thesis and Argument (20%)
  • Structure, Organization and Evidence (20%)
  • Contextualization of Research (20%)
  • Degree of Innovation (20%)
  • Language and Legibility (20%)

Review Decisions shall be classified as:

  • Accept
  • Accept with Minor Revisions
  • Resubmit for Review (with Major Revisions)
  • Do Not Accept

The final decision will be made by the Executive Editor in conjunction with the appropriate Subject Issue Editor for the issue under consideration.

Manuscripts submitted in a Non-­Peered Review category are reviewed by the Executive Editor, the Issue Editor, and three additional members of the Editorial Board Members. A majority recommendation to publish is required for these manuscripts.


TAD strives for the highest ethical standards in research. Authors are responsible for:

  • Stating all conflicts of interest
  • Ensuring the manuscript language is inclusive
  • Correctly citing and attributing work as well as additional authors
  • Using ethical research protocols (legal and institutional) for research involving fellow human beings including practitioners and students
  • Clearly defining and sharing methodology
  • Securing all Copyrights for Images used in the Manuscript

For all Manuscripts, work must be original and not under review with any other journal.

Approved by TAD Editorial Board, June 16, 2016





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