Special Edition of ENQ: The ARCC Journal: Health


Guest Editors:

Traci Rose Rider, Ph.D.

College of Design

North Carolina State University



Margaret van Bakergem, MPH

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University



Call for Papers


The built environment has inextricable connections to public health behaviors and outcomes. Evidence of these linkages are notable at small scales, for example, between buildings and occupants, as well as at a global stage, with the climate crisis and associated epidemiological concerns. With a growing emphasis on health at multiple levels across communities, regions, countries, and the globe, there is increased interest in how the built environment can meaningfully contribute to improved health outcomes. Recently adopted frameworks and rating systems are beginning to unpack how individual buildings can move toward healthier occupant populations, but these initiatives only begin to scrape the surface of issues that must be addressed through built environment design practices and policy efforts. A paradigm shift is needed in education, training programs, research focus areas, and related professions to address established and emerging public health challenges through a built environment lens. More specifically, current and future designers are largely producing designs that fall drastically short on improving both the health of the environment and the health of communities.  


The growing issues of equality, climate change, occupant health, and healthy community development are providing a range of unique and urgent questions that require more in-depth studies. To continue to grow both the knowledge base around these issues and to increase conversations, we invite submissions of manuscripts that address research questions that encompass the broad issues of health impact and support in the built environment. Articles addressing the broad topic of health in the built environment across different theoretical perspectives, epistemologies, and methodological approaches are encouraged. Scales addressed could be from the level of construction details (i.e.: envelope construction and indoor air quality, thermal comfort, etc.) to the building scale (i.e.: design for movement, circadian rhythms, smart buildings, etc.) to the community scale (i.e.: access to areas that promote physical and social activities, etc.). We also welcome studies addressing the different categories of health (physical, mental, emotional, etc.) and across building types. Empirical research, literature reviews, and theoretical arguments, and methodological outlines are all welcome. 




09 December 2019. Announcement call for papers

01 April 2020. Deadline for submission of papers

October 2020. Publication of the Special Edition


Submit articles at: https://arcc-journal.org/index.php/arccjournal/about/submissions

To be considered for the special edition, select “Special Edition: Health” under “section” in the first phase of the submission process.


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