Focus and Scope

Architecture is an essential part of human existence, one that left uninvestigated raises questions about philosophy’s grasp of the human condition. In the past, architecture was an important topic for such essential philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel and Wittgenstein, who found in it a sound basis for their arguments providing a concrete reality which constantly surpassed its interpretations, and yet contemporary philosophical discourse has no regular outlets for its investigation. Architectural discourse, on the other hand, finds itself frequently plagued with poor and pseudo philosophy, as well as a general lack of philosophic investigation into such basic questions as what architecture is, how we know what it is, what is its value, what makes it beautiful, and how it is experienced. Here too, no regular forum exists for serious thought in these areas. Architecture & Philosophy proposes to become the journal which fills this gap, bringing the rigor of philosophic investigation to the consideration of architecture’s most basic concepts and the centrality of architecture in modern life to philosophic discourse. The International Society for Philosophy of Architecture, founded at Newcastle University in 2009, provides the journal’s institutional basis.

Peer Review Process

Architecture Philosophy seeks to review all author submissions as promptly as possible. After having passed an initial review for suitability, the submission will be reviewed by readers drawn from both architecture and philosophy. It is imperative for the journal that all essays engage both architecture and philosophical inquiry substantively. ArchitecturePhilosophy has a 3-stage editorial organization: each submission is received by the managing editor. If the submission is determined to meet the basic requirements of engaging both architecture and philosophy, its progress through review will be managed by a member of the editorial committee. Reviewers are drawn from members of the editorial board as well as qualified outsiders.

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.


International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture

Journal History

ISPA was founded at the University of Newcastle in 2009 and has since grown into an international organization. Visit ISPA online at