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ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects, explores the ways architecture influences and is influenced by our environment and our society.

A benefit of membership in the BSA, ArchitectureBoston is also distributed to AIA members throughout New England as well as to allied professionals (engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, lawyers), members of the construction industry, community and business leaders, politicians and policy makers, design schools, public libraries, media representatives, and subscribers.

Total circulation is approximately 11,000 and the magazine (both print and online) accepts advertising.


For a media kit and advertising information: or 800-996-3863.


Editor Renée Loth

Deputy Editor Fiona Luis

Associate Editors Conor MacDonald, Ben S. Wallace

Contributing Photographers Steve Rosenthal, Peter Vanderwarker

Contributing Editors Matthew Bronski, Assoc. AIA, Matthew Kiefer, Andrea Leers FAIA, David Luberoff, Hubert Murray FAIA, William Rawn FAIA

Editorial board Ian Baldwin, Steven G. Cecil AIA ASLA, Justin Crane AIA, Meera Deean, Gina Ford ASLA, Cliff Gayley FAIA, David Gamble AIA, Diane Georgopulos FAIA, Charlotte Kahn, Lee Moreau, Max Page, Tamara Roy AIA, Brent Ryan, Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin AIA, Marie Sorensen AIA, Julie Michaels Spence, Gail Sullivan AIA, Jay Wickersham FAIA

Art direction, design and production Clifford Stoltze/Stoltze Design, Katherine Hughes, Pien Huang, Kyle Nelson, Courtney Collins, Thomas Urell

Publisher Pamela de Oliveira-Smith

Advertising Marc Goldstein, Steve Headly, Brian Keefe: 800-996-3863,

Boston Society of Architects Tim Love AIA, President; Tamara Roy AIA, Vice President; James H. Collins, Jr., FAIA,Treasurer; Mark Pasknik AIA, Secretary

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2016 Editorial Calendar

Spring: Framework 
The spring 2016 ArchitectureBoston will kick off “The Year of the Plan,” a full year of issues that examine different aspects of planning in housing, regionalism, the environment, and quality of life. We will consider “Imagine Boston 2030,” the city’s first-ever cultural master plan, and the Municipal Harbor Plan in an age of climate change—and dig into lessons from other cities. Articles might include a history of Boston's planning efforts from Olmsted to the “high spine,” the “hangover effect” that still haunts planning from the days of urban renewal; and the role of nonprofit institutions such as universities and hospitals in city-building.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is November 15, 2015
Published March 1st 

Summer: Evanescent 
This issue celebrates the fleeting delights—and daring—of temporary design: DIY murals, pop-up parks, food trucks, inflatable structures, the portable “tiny house.’’ Spontaneous and consciously unplanned, these urban interventions provide a lively counterpoint to the permanence—and, at times, the stodginess—of the built environment.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is January 15, 2016
Published June 1

Fall: The suburbs, reconsidered 
There are 101 communities in the Boston metropolitan area, ranging from small cities to bucolic burgs. What are the prospects for regional collaboration with such a diverse mix? The suburbs have been recreating themselves to offer some of the amenities of cities—more walkable urban centers, transit-oriented development—and they also have experienced changing patterns of wealth, ethnicity, and race. We go local to consider some of 2016the design innovations and challenges of life inside route 495.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is April. 15, 2016
Published September 1

Winter: Domicile
The long-awaited housing issue. Part of Boston Mayor Walsh’s Imagine Boston 2030 plan is the creation of 53,000 new units of housing. How are we doing on production, and will it really help push down the cost curve? Is restrictive zoning more of a hindrance to affordability than a help (see: Houston)? What are the cutting-edge trends in housing design; how do ideas of “domicility” relate to changing tastes, ethnicities, and demographics? 
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is August 1, 2016
Published: November 15


ArchitectureBoston is a themed “ideas” magazine. Unlike many other architecture publications, we do not typically feature individual projects. 

We welcome stories that connect architecture to social, cultural, political, environmental, economic, or business trends. We avoid stories that are primarily self-promotional or “advertorials.” Provocative ideas, original thinking, fresh observations, and even a touch of irreverence are our goal.

Proposals for articles, opinion pieces, and reviews (books and other media) are always welcome. Our contributors are not necessarily architects, and in the past have included politicians, social workers, ministers, engineers, lawyers, photographers, students, and academics. Some stories are specifically about Boston or the New England region, but many stories are of general interest. Story pitches from contributors in other regions are welcome.

As in pitching stories to any publication, read and analyze a few issues to understand our style, audience, and format. The best approach is to query the editor with a story idea, which allows us to help shape the story and saves you from wasting time on a speculative article that may not meet our editorial needs. If you haven't written for us, please include non-returnable writing samples and a short résumé.  Letters with e-mail addresses will receive more timely responses. Query letters may be sent to: Renée Loth, Editor, ArchitectureBoston, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210-1038. E-mailed submissions are preferred.

Editorial deadlines for 2016.

Spring issue, Framework
Story pitch ideas: Nov. 15, 2015 
On sale date: March 1, 2016

Summer issue, Evanescent
Story pitch ideas: January 15, 2016
On sale date: June 1, 2016

Fall issue, The suburbs, reconsidered
Story pitch ideas: April 15, 2016
On sale date: September 1, 2016

Winter issue, Domicile
Story pitch ideas: August 1, 2016
On sale date: November 15, 2016

Writers' Guidelines (for assigned articles)

Corny but true:

The ABCs of quality journalism: Accuracy, Brevity, Clarity. Keep these in mind at all times and you can’t go far wrong. 


  • First, please familiarize yourself with several issues of ArchitectureBoston through our archive to get a sense of our style and content. 
  • Articles should have the clarity and accessibility of good general-interest publications, such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, or The Atlantic.
  • Avoid all technical, theoretical, and academic jargon. No footnotes!
  • Think about your article’s structure as you write (or before). Does it take too long to get going? Does it follow a logical direction, with the main argument steadily building, avoiding needless tangents? Often a successful essay has a “nut graf” – a few sentences high up (paragraph 3 or 4 latest) that distills the major point of the article and makes the reader want more. Try to write a nut graf for your article, even if you don’t use it in your final draft (but I bet you will).
  • Do not use a 50-dollar word when a 5-dollar word will do. “Creativity” not ‘ideation.” “Random,” not “stochastic.” 
  • Avoid clichés of speech and thought. “The iconic structure….” “What a difference a day (year, week) makes…” “It was the best of buildings, it was the worst of buildings,” etc. 
  • Avoid adverbial and qualifying phrases: somewhat, really, especially, rather… etc. They make the writing weaker and less clear.
  • Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite! 
  • We encourage feistiness, passion, and appropriate displays of wit. We do not encourage self-promotion or score-settling of any kind.


  • We adhere to traditional journalistic standards and techniques. Facts and assertions must be verifiable, and/or attributed to a source wherever possible. Interviews should be by phone or in person (No taping without the subject’s permission, per Massachusetts law). If an exchange of information is by e-mail, that should be noted in the article. Any review of an exhibit, lecture, film, etc. must be attended in person by the author; if descriptions are second-hand this must be noted. 
  • Reporting is not the same as “research.” Whenever possible in a reported piece, seek an interview with a principal figure directly; do not simply pull something off a website. Same thing with fact-checking; websites are often out of date and incomplete.
  • Conflicts of Interest: On occasion you may be writing about the projects of friends or colleagues. We try to avoid this. But any close personal relations, financial interests, or other pre-arrangements must be disclosed. When in doubt, alert your editor.
  • Remember that you are an ambassador for ArchitectureBoston. Treat all your subjects with respect and a sense of fair play. No ‘gotcha’ interviews.  


  • The magazine will be responsible for securing images and rights, but if you have any suggestions for appropriate photos or drawings, please let us know as soon as possible. Generally, images are researched and collected after the written copy has been delivered.

Submission of assigned articles

  • E-mail directly to the editor. 
  • You may include a proposed story headline/ title (subject to change by the editor).
  • Please include your byline (your name as you would like it to appear in the magazine) and a brief (approximately 25 words) bio-blurb. Some bios may require a high-resolution headshot


  • Articles and reviews: We buy First North American Serial Rights and the right to publish your article on our website, including our electronic archives and online databases. All other rights of reuse and resale revert to you.
  • Roundtables and interviews: The magazine retains all rights to the material, including future anthologies; use by participants can be arranged.

Editorial process

  • Your article will be edited for clarity, style, content, and length. The revised draft — which may include questions or comments — will be returned for your review, or discussed directly with an editor. Please respond as quickly as possible; timing is frequently tight at this stage of production. Please inform the editor as soon as possible if you know you will be unavailable in the weeks after your deadline.
  • Your article may be edited again during production stage. Minor changes will be made at the editor’s discretion, but we will discuss any substantial changes with you.


  • Is upon publication of the issue. You’ll be asked to fill out a W-9 form. We will mail you 2 copies of the magazine with your check – and our thanks – as soon as it is back from the printer.  

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