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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

Advertising Brian Keefe, or 617-391-4029.

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

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2019 Editorial Calendar

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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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