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 for Op/Positions, Research Methodologies, and Reviews, are solicited by the Editorial Board and are single-blind peer-reviewed.


Manuscripts (3,000 – 5,000 words)

The journal welcomes original research manuscripts from researchers from industry, academia, and practice.


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

Environmental Design including Sustainable Design, Resiliency, 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.




Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should include content sections in the following order:

Abstract: This is a summary of the whole paper within 125 words and should include your keywords so that the research is easily discoverable in searching databases.  Please include a summary of the focus of the research, the methodology, the outcomes/results, the impact/contribution, and the conclusion(s). The abstract is not an introduction, nor should it repeat any of the text within the body of the paper.

Keywords:  Provide three to five keywords (see Subject Areas below).

Thesis: Authors should explicitly state a clear research question. What was being examined and to what end?

Context: To situate the new work, communicate knowledge of relevant past literature, practice framework, or design approaches within the field. Literature review references and precedents should point to original contributions and not necessarily be limited to the field of architecture. If the focus of the paper involves multiple disciplines, appropriately contextualize your work within each field. Methodological approaches may also need to be addressed.

Methodology: Whether the work involves speculative design, quantitative, and/or qualitative analysis, this section clearly describes research mechanisms and criteria for evaluation of the work that point toward future action. 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.

Results:  Communicate the conclusions that can be drawn from this work. Indicate the stage(s) of the research and/or contextualize it within a larger research framework as well as the limits of the study itself.

Discussion: State the impact, relevance, and/or applicability of this new knowledge to the larger field. Identify areas of innovation and/or contributions to the relevant discipline(s).  Why does this work matter and how it is meaningful?

Datasets:  If your research relies on proprietary datasets, algorithms, or other sources that are not freely accessible submit them with your submission for peer review. TAD supports reproducible research. Submitted manuscripts should allow for others to reproduce and validate results authors are claiming.

Endnotes and / or References: Manuscripts must follow formatting rules established by The Chicago Manual of Style; either the endnotes and bibliography (NB) or author-date (AD) system is acceptable for references.



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