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ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA, 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 5,000+ readers and bonus distribution and the magazine (both print and online) accepts advertising.


For a Media Kit and advertising information, contact Brian Keefe: or 617-391-4029.


Editor Renée Loth

Deputy Editor Fiona Luis

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 Sam Batchelor AIA, Daniel Bluestone, Alice Brown, Mark Careaga AIA, Jean Carroon FAIA, Deborah Fennick AIA, Jason Forney AIA, Rickie Golden, Alex Krieger, Kaki Martin ASLA, David Nagahiro AIA, Daniel Peruzzi AIA, Dan Perruzzi AIA, Gretchen Rabinkin AIA, Carl Solander, Jim Stanislaski AIA,  Rose Mary Su,  Carole Wedge FAIA

Art direction, design and production Clifford Stoltze/Stoltze Design, Katherine Hughes, Missy Kennedy, Kyle Nelson, Courtney Collins

Publisher Pamela de Oliveira-Smith

Advertising Brian Keefe, or 617-391-4029.

Boston Society of Architects Jay Wickersham FAIA, President; Jean Carroon FAIA, Vice President; Daniel Perruzzi AIA, Treasurer; Rebecca Berry AIA, Secretary

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2018 Editorial Calendar

Spring: Port
Urban waterfronts have become a 21st-century equivalent of the fern bar: chic, expensive, generic—quick signifiers of gentrification. But what does all this reinvention mean for the industrial waterfront? The ports of East Boston, Chelsea, and Everett, after all, are still huge drivers of the region’s economy. Can the gritty industrial uses of the Ray Flynn Marine Park ever coexist with million-dollar condos on Fan Pier? We will consider the transformative power of development on Boston’s waterfront, from GE’s new headquarters to the Trustees of Reservations Fort Point park, and explore how other cities worldwide have reconciled their waterfront uses.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is November 15, 2017
Published March 1st 

Summer: Food
We present a smorgasbord of trends and topics from restaurant design (how Instagram has influenced lighting options; how clients influence building restoration) to workplace cafeterias. We’ll till the soil of urban agriculture to discuss how community-led projects can address our food system’s inequities and connect the dots between public land use, education, climate change, social justice, and resiliency.  We’ll report on the tale of the Four Seasons restaurant (1959-2016) in Manhattan; defined visually by Mies van der Rohe’s Modernist Seagram Building but awkwardly remodeled by new owners. And we’ll examine the tradition of architects becoming restaurateurs, from Ben Thompson onward.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is January 15, 2018
Published June 1

Fall: Ethics
Not long ago, ethical questions in the architecture profession were confined to fair billing practices and not stealing a colleague’s work. But today designers are faced with knotty ethical quandaries nearly every day: Should architects participate in building prisons, border walls, or other controversial projects? Is it possible to treat workers fairly and pay them well given increased economic pressures, including in developing countries? What responsibility do architects have to economic justice, diversity, or the planet? Some of the best thinkers in the field are grappling with these questions today. We’ll tap them as we wade into these choppy waters.
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is April 15, 2018
Publish date September 1

Winter: Safe
Nature is unleashing her wrath in ever more destructive ways, and designers are key to protecting against—and rebuilding after—natural disasters. But are the sudden catastrophic expressions of the elements really “Acts of God?”  From the Sichuan earthquake that killed 5,000 students in 2008 to London’s Grenfell Tower fire to flood-ravaged Houston, man-made choices—on materials, sites, construction techniques, and safety regulations—all contribute to the toll. We’ll examine creative new approaches to making communities and buildings safer, without constructing a Fortress America. 
Deadline to pitch stories to the editor is June 26, 2018
Publish date 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 2018.

Spring issue, Port
Story pitch ideas: Nov. 15, 2017
On sale date: March 1, 2018

Summer issue, Food
Story pitch ideas: January 15, 2018
On sale date: June 1, 2018

Fall issue, Ethics
Story pitch ideas: April 15, 2018
On sale date: September 1, 2018

Winter issue, Safe
Story pitch ideas: June 26, 2018
On sale date: November 15, 2018

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 comment—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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