Architectural research frequently enlists technical, historical, and cultural information in a fashion that sits uneasily under any one discipline. For this reason, architectural research is given an interdisciplinary framework, borrowing frequently from engineering, history, geography and ethnography. While this diversity of content is one of its strengths, its inconsistent methodology has the capacity to undermine its scholastic merit.
To this end, the goal of Enquiry is to establish research as an effective domain of architectural knowledge production. Enquiry is an online, peer-reviewed journal focused on framing, expanding, and distributing the growing body of architectural research.
One of the critical differences research has from other forms of architectural scholarship is the imperative to not simply describe accurately (in either an historic or technical sense) but to speculate about the consequence of those findings. In other words, research is qualified not just by the accuracy of its findings, but also the consequence of its findings. However, to speculate effectively, with conviction and evidence, requires a space where methodology, evidence, and speculation can be presented and discussed in a credible arena.
Enquiry calls for research are not by types of content, but modes of inquiry. This might include empirical (building studies, post-occupancy evaluations, energy modeling/simulation), archival (permanent collections, correspondence, institutions/Trusts) or pedagogical/applied research (research studios, educational frameworks)
Enquiry as the ARCC's journal, embraces the plurality of research practices already at work within our member institutions. We support a form a discourse and attribute to it specific types of credibility. We more clearly articulate the agenda for promoting research as a specific type of knowledge production within architecture different from critique, journalism, marketing, or theory.
Research must contribute to our knowledge base. That is, it must produce new information, awareness or understanding. Research must position itself alongside similar studies, methodologies, or interpretations of similar source material.
Research can either be directed towards the expansion of the knowledge base from which architects work (as in the case of Empirical or Archival research) or may be directed towards new models for practice or education (as in the case of Pedagogical or Applied Research).
Enquiry is an open accessfee-free academic publication. It does not have article processing charges (APC) or article submission charges. In order to maximize the quality of the academic dissemination, Enquiry takes no financial aid from any individual or organization in exchange for publication access.
Prospective authors are required to make an account on this website in order to submit an article for consideration.
Enquiry receives articles from multiple sub-disciplines within architectural research, which means that the Journal is not rigid on layout convention (i.e. history has its own research structure when compared to building science). However, the Journal expects to have clear statements of purpose, methodology, investigative discussion, implications for the knowledge area and possibly future directions of the work - regardless to subdiscipline, the article is focused on research outcomes.
Articles should be written in English and be between 5000 and 10,000 words. They should include an abstract and keywords (up to 5) located before the introduction. There are no limits of image use except as determined by file size. The authors' names should not appear anywhere on the titlepage or manuscript as the journal is double blind peered reviewed. All figures should have captions. All tables should be labeled, including title and description.
Authors need to format their articles to Enquiry style standards. All references should be in Chicago 15th (Author-Date System) style, using in-text citations and listing all cited material in a "Reference" section at the closing of the article. Footnotes should be used if there needs to be extra-text commentary. Major headings should be in full capitalization with 0.0625 in spacing below the line. Subheadings are to be in sentence case without spacing between the heading and paragraph below. All headings are to be in bold face. If numbering is used for sections, then it should be in Arabic (1., 1.1, 1.1.1, etc).
In addition, please proofread the manuscript for errors in spelling and grammar. All references mentioned in the Reference list should be cited in the text, and vice versa. Please make sure that permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web). Enquiry will not publish any material which does not have clear copyright permission of use or ownership.
Files should be in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats. Total file size should not exceed 2 megs in size. Images may be embedded in files submitted for review, but they should be at screen resolution. Images may be uploaded as supplementary material if they are located for placement in the main text.