Call for Papers


Guest Editor: Pamela W. Hawkes, FAIA

Change is essential to sustaining heritage sites, enabling them to meet new uses and evolving expectations, goals, and requirements. Historical settings gain deeper meaning through thoughtful contemporary design, and contemporary design is in turn enriched by rigorous dialogue with historical environs. These premises are fundamental to contemporary heritage planning, yet remain highly controversial in the realms of both conservation and design.

Can preservation guidelines establish clear expectations without predicting design outcomes? How abstract can design references to the building or context be before they disrupt the integrity of the setting or meaning? This issue will explore strategies for design in historical contexts. We welcome submissions on a range of topics: analyzing and documenting character-defining features of heritage settings, particularly those beyond the visual and two-dimensional; regulations that promote sensitive yet organic growth and development of conservation areas; and critical analysis of design solutions for landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods, and archeological sites. Papers may include theoretical explorations, historical examples, or critiques of case studies.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 15 May 2016. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by early July 2016.  Final manuscript submissions will be due mid May 2017.


Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See author guidelines for full details, or email Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong at for further information.