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Buildings & Landscapes

Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum

B&L 20.1 coverBuildings & Landscapes is the leading source for scholarly work on vernacular architecture of North America and beyond.  Under its new name, the journal continues VAF’s tradition of scholarly publication going back to the first Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture in 1982. Published through the University of Minnesota Press since 2007, the journal moved from one to two issues per year in 2009.

Buildings & Landscapes examines the places that people build and experience every day: houses and cities, farmsteads and alleys, churches and courthouses, subdivisions and shopping malls. The journal’s contributors—historians and architectural historians, preservationists and architects, geographers, anthropologists and folklorists, and others whose work involves documenting, analyzing, and interpreting vernacular forms—approach the built environment as a windows into human life and culture, basing their scholarship on both fieldwork and archival research. The editors encourage submission of articles that explore the ways the built environment shapes everyday life within and beyond North America. Please see our Call for Papers.

All VAF members receive Buildings & Landscapes as a benefit of membership. Subscriptions are also available through the University of Minnesota Press:
Subscription rates:
Individuals:  $60.00 / year
Libraries:  $125.00 / year
Outside USA add $5.00 for each year's subscription.

Past Issues:
Past issues of Buildings & Landscapes can be purchased from the University of Minnesota Press. Buildings & Landscapes is also available as full text through databases including Project MUSE, JSTOR, EBSCO (H.W. Wilson) Art Full Text and Gale's InfoTrac Academic OneFile.
Browse complete tables of contents on our Buildings & Landscapes Backlist page.

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:

Marta Gutman
Associate Professor of Architecture (History and Theory)
Spitzer School of Architecture
The City College of New York/CUNY
141 Convent Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10031

Cynthia G. Falk
Professor of Material Culture
Cooperstown Graduate Program
SUNY Oneonta
P.O. Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Inquiries about reviews can be directed to the Review Editor:

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz
Department of History
MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1181

Editorial Information

Marta Gutman, The City College of New York
Cynthia G. Falk, SUNY Oneonta

Review Editor
Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, University of New Mexico

Editorial Board
Catherine Bishir, editorial advisor, Preservation North Carolina and North Carolina State University
Gretchen Buggeln, Valparaiso University
Cary Carson, Colonial Williamsburg
Howard Davis, University of Oregon
Clifton Ellis, Texas Tech University
Rebecca Ginsburg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jeffrey Klee, Colonial Williamsburg
William Littmann, California College of the Arts
Richard Longstreth, George Washisngton University
Louis Nelson, University of Virginia
Dell Upton, University of California, Los Angeles