About the Journal

ENQ (Enquiry), an open access journal for architectural research, is an online journal (ISSN 2329-9339) published by the Board of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) as a source for information on research in architecture. The journal is double blind peer reviewed and invites submissions on a wide variety of topics addressing architectural knowledge including aspects of urban design, interior design, planning and landscape architecture.

ENQ is indexed by the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Worldcat, OAIster, and Google Scholar; a member of the Open Archive Initiative (OAI), archived by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ); and is a publisher member of CrossRef for stable DOI management, ensuring maximum exposure of our authors.

Potential authors need to register at the Journal's website in order to submit an article for consideration. The Journal is focused on research questions within the domain of architectural knowledge. Enquiry does not have an ideological agenda instead focuses on depth and quality of research associated with architectural domains of knowledge. This means all articles will need to have a clear research structure including strong and defensible positions, scope of the territory being addressed, clear methods and evidence of significance to adding to our current knowledge.

Focus and Scope

Enquiry initially providing a dissemination venue for existing ARCC members through publication of the best papers from annual conferences and providing a format for guest-editors to thematically organize research. However, the journal has grown substantially since 2012 as an open access on-line peer-reviewed journal and has become a valuable vehicle to disseminate scholarship activitie by the discipline at-larges.

In response to this charge, the journal's focus and scope is aligned with modes of inquiry fundamental to architectural research, rather than specifying the type of content suitable for publication in the journal. This is expected to foster diversity that is integral to the ARCC and its members, and will establish protocols that will ensure the credibility of its research and scholarship.

As scholarship activities in the discipline of architecture tend to be interdisciplinary, there are several of relevant distinctions; qualitative and qualitative research, base and applied research, empirical research and theoretical research, etc. However, many methodological and research structures used in architecture formed naturally in parallel or associated disciplines, suggesting a vestigial priority that might bias the direction of the journal. As a result, the editors decided to identify three modes of research, or lines of inquiry, particular to architectural scholarship.



Contributive: Extending a Knowledge Base (or, Adding to the Existing Body of Knowledge)

One of the historic strengths of the journal has been its construction of primary research. Conducted through surveys, building case studies, and descriptions of pedagogical experiments, this work contributes to the knowledge base of practitioners, teachers and scholars. The need for the continued expansion of this type of research was a point of discussion at the commencement of the 2013 ARCC conference “The Visibility of Research.” In response to Marc Simmons, Founding Partner of Front, Inc., the question of the validity and potential of “base research” in architecture became central. Given the frequency of directed and often proprietary (are you referring to originality of the research?) qualities of architectural research, the discussion revolved around the role of colleges and institutions as being the primary vehicles and stewards for the discipline’s fundamental knowledge base. A line of inquiry that encourages researchers to add to the existing body of knowledge utilizing sound and established methodologies is critical.

In this vein, both qualitative and quantitative methods are engaged and while base and empirical research are foregrounded, they are not considered without application or consequence. Rather, the research is tied to its particular situations and intentions, and outcomes follow directly through methodologies.


Speculative: Projecting Consequences

A large volume of our scholarship comes from taking over already existing knowledge bases, aligning external content with disciplinary concerns, making new associations between previously unconnected knowledge and then speculating about their contemporary significance. While such research may not be strictly empirical or follow scientific method structures, these strains of theory become relevant and legitimatized through testing against reality. Such work can be interdisciplinary and strongly cultural, as researchers examine work constructed through architecture, urban design, interiors and landscape architecture through lenses of economics, anthropology, media studies, and so on. In addition, the reverse is also true, as developed knowledge in other disciplines is considered for its relevancy to disciplinary values in architecture and allied disciplines , clearly extending understanding. The credibility of this research is conditioned by the rigor of the inquiry, the scope of the study and its ability to qualify relevant literature.


Intensive: Reflecting on the Institutions and Methods of Research

Given the contemporary resurgence of research (rather than history, theory, or criticism) as the privileged mode of architectural scholarship, it would be useful to qualify the institutional, economic, and professional conditions of research. The contemporary growth of PhD programs, the influx of funding by state and federal governments for environmental research, and the emergence of on-line publishing venues (of which Enquiry is one) requires attention. There is currently no dedicated venue for such scholarship. Providing such a space would expand our scholarship and provide a much needed arena for reflection and discussion.

Peer Review Process

Authors’ rights to and responsibility for their work

Contributors who submit manuscripts to the journal will at all times be secured sovereign possession of and full responsibility for their own contributions until the manuscript is published. By publishing, the author(s) give the journal long right to present the published manuscript in the form in which it is published, and to be cited as the first publisher of the manuscript. This implies that before publication, the author(s) can at any time revoke the manuscript, object to the proposed changes and/or submit their own proposals for changes that need to be made. When the manuscript is accepted for publication after peer review, the author(s) relinquish their right to make changes to the manuscript or to object to changes made by the editorial team. If the author(s) continue to object at this point, it is up to the editorial team to evaluate whether the manuscript should be left as is, undergo a new peer review or be rejected for publication. With publication come all rights and obligations arising from the authors’ copyrights.


Peer review

When a contribution is received, the editorial team will first decide whether it is relevant to the journal’s main focus and scope and is of sufficient academic quality. All relevant contributions will then go through one or more rounds of anonymous peer review with at least two reviewers, and then, if accepted, editing, including manuscript editing, layout editing and proofreading; this process is managed by an editor and carried out by professionally qualified appraisers (in-house editors and external peer reviewers).

The journal ensures full editorial quality of all submissions. The author(s) have both the right and duty to approve or reject the proposed changes and amendments presented during manuscript processing. Until the manuscript is published, it will be treated with confidentiality by the editorial team, in terms of all personal information.

Peer reviewers assess the contributions and write a review that, among other things, should answer the following questions:

• How valid is the contribution?

Are the results plausible, and are the theory and methodology suitable for the purposes of this journal?

• How relevant and appropriate is the contribution?

Does it address any of the field’s current key challenges?

• How original is the contribution?

Does it contribute new knowledge to the field? Is the information presented in the contribution current, relevant and fit for the journal’s purposes?

• Should the contribution be accepted, revised or rejected?

If not accepted, should the contribution be sent to another place of publication?


Peer reviewers’ work thus concludes with a recommendation to the editors that the manuscript be accepted, revised or rejected. It is then up to the editorial team to determine whether the manuscript should be published. Further information on the peer review process and editorial evaluation can also be found in the discussion of the different journal sections; the assessment process varies to some extent, depending on the various categories of information.

Plagiarism Screening

Enquiry uses Crosscheck for plagiarism screening at the point of article submission. Any article found to have violated academic honesty will be summarily rejected. In addition, should it come to the awareness of the Editors that any published article which was not identified by our plagiarism check processes but is shown to have plagiarized, it will be removed from our database immediately.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Journal History

The ARCC journal is an e-journal initiated in 2004 by the Board of ARCC as a source for information on research in architecture. The original journal, developed by the executive editor Brooke Harrington, ran from 2004 to 2010. In 2012, the Board of the ARCC redeveloped the journal to shift its focus away from themed issues and developed conference papers. The reissuing of the journal, under the title Enquiry/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research, was set up as an modality focused, non-themed journal publishing one to two times per year. The journal is double blind peer reviewed that invites submissions on a wide variety of topics in architecture, urban design interior design, planning and landscape architecture.