TAD is committed to positioning building technology within a broad range of cultural, ethical and critical contexts to identify how technology research contributes ‘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 both peer-reviewed (open to all) and invitation-only manuscripts. The majority of the journal’s content is comprised of double-blind peer-reviewed manuscripts. Invited manuscripts, solicited by the Editorial Board, are single-blind peer-reviewed.


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

The journal welcomes manuscripts from researchers in education and practice. 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.

SOLICITED – All submissions in this category are requested and reviewed by the Editorial Board.

Research Methodologies, Subject/Field Literature Reviews, and Subject Datum Reviews (3,000-4,000 words)

All manuscripts in this category should communicate findings in a straightforward manner, providing tools and insights for those looking to make new contributions to the field. 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 and propose innovative practices.
  • describe and discuss literature reviews in any of the journal’s Subject Areas that 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 survey acclaimed and essential publications, identify a baseline for research knowledge in the field, and highlight emergent directions for future research.

Position Statements (1,400 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. Position Statements may offer timely reflections on a particular topic, or question the very structure of established intellectual discourse.

Book, Exhibit, Technology, Building Project, and Software Reviews (1,000 words)

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


Material Constructions including Structural Design, Construction Technology, Architectural Materials, Building Envelopes, Emerging and Nano Materials

Environmental Design including Sustainable Design, Resiliency and Cities, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Performance Simulations, Energy Studies, Building Systems Design, Acoustics

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

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

History and Theory of Building Technology including research in building technology History and Theory 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 pedagogical research documented through systematic investigations and multiple iterations, and should demonstrate the potential for substantial curricular innovation.


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 may use a variety of 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
  • 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

Mixed methodologies and experimental works are also welcome.



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 Chicago style for in-­text citations and references. Please check for consistency throughout the paper.
Units: SI units are to be used.


Manuscripts, submitted in Word format, 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 acknowledgments where applicable.
  • Second page that lists all image, table and figure captions including attribution, copyrights, permissions, and funding information.

FILE TWO -­ Manuscript for initial review

  • Abstract, including the research question, 125 words maximum
  • Keywords (see Subject Areas above)
  • Introduction
  • Explanation of methodological approach
  • Description of original work
  • Conclusions, identifying the contribution of new knowledge in the field
  • References
  • Figures should be inserted in Word document where they are referenced. Include Captions for all images, tables and figures.

Author name(s) or other identifying information such as institutional or professional affiliation should not appear anywhere in manuscript or file names except for File One. Remove self-citations in text and image captions as well as references to professional affiliations.

AFTER FIRST ROUND OF REVIEW, FILE THREE -­ Graphics, Tables and Data Sets (a single archive file with all graphics)

  • See Image Guide here.
  • If the manuscript is accepted, high resolution, 300 dpi images will be requested. Not all images, tables and figures submitted will necessarily be included in the publication.
  • Data Sets needed to independently validate findings presented in the manuscript. These could be in the form of 3D models, computer scripts, measurements, interview surveys, etc.

Once a manuscript has been accepted, further submission requirements will be sent to authors to prepare the work for publication. 


Technology | Architecture + Design receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts portal located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/TADJournal. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at http://scholarone.com/services/support. If you have any other requests, please contact the Executive Editor, Andrzej Zarzycki, at andrzej(dot)zarzycki(at)njit(dot)edu or Measured Issue Editor, Clare Olsen, at clolsen(at)calpoly(dot)edu .

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

  • In Microsoft Word Format
  • The Files should be named as: (1) FILE ONE: Author name_Manuscript Title and (2) FILE TWO: Manuscript Title.
  • All images must be referenced in the body of the text and located near the referenced text in the first submission. Under each image, provide a caption: Figure 1 – Caption text.


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 is 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
  • Structure, Organization and Evidence
  • Contextualization of Research
  • Degree of Innovation
  • Language and Legibility

Review decisions will 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 Issue Editor for the issue under consideration.

Manuscripts submitted in a Non-­Peer Review category are reviewed by the Executive Editor, the Issue Editor, the Associate Editor, and three additional members of the Editorial Board. A majority of reviewers must agree to publish these manuscripts.


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

  • Stating all conflicts of interest and funding sources
  • Ensuring the manuscript language is inclusive
  • Correctly citing and attributing work and additional authors
  • Using ethical research protocols (legal and institutional) for research involving human subjects including practitioners and students. Researchers are expected to follow the guidelines of their Institutional Review Board (IRB) and obtain necessary approvals.
  • Clearly defining and sharing methodology
  • Securing all copyrights for images used in the Manuscript


Approved by TAD Editorial Board, June 16, 2016