Call for Papers

From commercial buildings in American Chinatowns to seasonal communities in Idaho, from linoleum flooring in middle-class kitchens to garrets housing urban slaves, from farmsteads to urban tenements, vernacular architecture and its settings shape everyday life. Charged with dense cultural meanings that speak to both makers and users, buildings, towns, and landscapes comport behavior, shape identity, orchestrate ritual, and negotiate social relationships.

The editors of Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum invite submissions of articles that explore the ways vernacular architecture constructs the everyday. Our subject matter includes all aspects of vernacular architecture and everyday urban, suburban, and rural landscapes seen through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods. The editors encourage the submission of articles on topics within and beyond North America. We are particularly interested in articles that incorporate field work as a component of the research.

Buildings & Landscapes appears twice a year. All scholars in the field are eligible to submit manuscripts; it is not necessary for articles to have been presented at VAF annual meetings. Articles submitted to Buildings & Landscapes will be assessed using a double-blind peer review process; manuscripts should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while under review by the journal.

Manuscripts should conform to Author Guidelines (and The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition). Please send electronic copies of completed articles (approximately 25 pages of text) with illustrations (15-20) and bibliographic endnotes to both editors. Alternatively, two hard copies of the manuscript and photocopied reproductions of the illustrations may be sent directly by surface mail. Please feel free to direct any inquiries to either Editor via email:

Lydia Mattice Brandt
University of South Carolina
114 Keith Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Carl Lounsbury
College of William and Mary
144 Pintail Trace
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Inquiries about reviews can be directed to the Review Editor:

Jessica Sewell
Associate Professor
Urban and Environmental Planning and American Studies
University of Virginia

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