Built environments are complex phenomena emerging from the interactions among buildings, infrastructure, landscapes, and people. These elements of the built environment simultaneously shape, and are shaped by, one another.  Human settlements across the globe are changing rapidly. Novel interactions among evolving socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental, and technological systems pose unprecedented challenges yet offer new opportunities to planners, designers and scholars of built environments to create and enhance sustainable and resilient built structures and landscapes.

The Journal of Built Environments (JoBE) is a peer-reviewed biannual open source journal created to address these challenges and opportunities, by exploring and examining synergies across a broad range of disciplines. The journal strives to break down traditional barriers between research, scholarship, and design, and encourage a dialogue among disciplines within academia and between academia and practice. Subject areas will include (e.g., novel construction materials and methods, architectural or planning theory, sustainability, resilience planning, historical practice, design innovation, pedagogy) and modes of exploration (e.g., original research, data analytics, case studies, historical and scholarly essays, visualizations) and will reflect the broad diversity of intellectual activity ongoing in the natural, social, and applied sciences and the humanities associated with built environments.


The Journal of Built Environments welcomes submissions of original research, perspectives, and reviews (i.e., exhibits, books, technology, or software). A special section on pedagogy includes articles reflecting on a program, class, or studio project. All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the Editorial Office, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors as well as associated experts in the fields of study indicated by the content of each manuscript. Contributions on theoretical, methodological, and practice aspects of the design, construction, use and experience of built environments are welcome, particularly papers featuring innovative or interdisciplinary approaches.  

Manuscripts (original research):  ~4,000 – 5,000 words
Perspectives: ~1,500 words
Reviews: ~1,500 words
Pedagogical Reflection:  ~1,000-1500 words