New computational theories and technologies that aim at improving the architectural design and production processes have been developed in the past decades. They include generative design, building information modeling, virtual and rapid prototyping, digital fabrication, shape grammars and so on. These theories and technologies have been well explored in the academic environment and well discussed in international conferences.

However, except for a few famous architectural firms, it is not clear to which extent they have effectively changed general architectural design practice and industry. Do young architects effectively apply what they have learned in school, or they simply go back to the old methods when they face the reality of daily work? Are there any differences among the different countries in terms of how these technologies are assimilated by architects and the construction industry?

In this number of IJAC we would like to find out what is the real impact of architectural computing in the work of the new generation of architects and in the built environment throughout the world.


Authors are invited to submit complete and original articles, which have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration for another journal or conference. The submissions should be in one of these categories:


(1) Full-length papers (3000 – 5000 words, maximum length 6000 words) reporting original research.


(2) State-of-the-art reviews, which will be either perspective tutorial articles in rapidly evolving fields or comprehensive scholarly reviews of significant topics.


(3) Short papers (1500 – 2000 words) presenting original research in concise form.




In order to facilitate the review process, authors are required to submit their paper by uploading to the IJAC review system. Before submitting, authors should make sure that papers conform to the IJAC template and guidelines, which can be downloaded at:


The papers must be submitted in either Adobe PDF format (.pdf) or as a Word 97-2003 document (.doc). Please avoid using the more recent Word

2007 file format (.docx). The filename should be no longer than 8 characters (plus file extension). The file must not be larger than 5MB in size. Please use low resolution (72ppi) JPEG images for the online review. Higher resolution (300ppi) JPEG should be used for the final submission.


Properly formatted files should be uploaded at the following location, after completing all of the information on the page:


Authors should also notify by email the Issue Editors <, Pablo Herrera <> and Underleia Bruscato <>  that a paper was uploaded to the online review system.




Submission Deadline: ………. 1 July 2009

Notification of Acceptance: … 1 August 2009

Re-submittal Deadline: …….. 1 Sept 2009

Submittal of final revised paper: …………15 Sept 2009

Publication Date: …………. November 2009




The International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting collaborative research and development of computer-aided architectural design. IJAC is committed to deepening the understanding of the foundations of digital systems for architectural design and the technologies enabling their development and application.


IJAC is published four times a year by MultiScience in both electronic and hardcopy. Successively, one issue each year is supervised by Editorial Board members from its four founding organizations: Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), the Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital (SIGraDi), and Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). Work is coordinated by Andre Brown (, the Editor in Chief.




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