CRIT: The Journal of the AIAS
CRIT is the journal of the AIAS and the premier publication of student work in architecture, design, and associated fields. Published since 1976, CRIT offers a variety of opportunities for AIAS members and acts as a forum for critical discourse and the dissemination of knowledge.
CRIT is your opportunity to distinguish yourself from your peers and provide you a competitive edge. CRIT presents opportunities for students to have their work published in a national journal that is read by thousands of students and is a part of the collections of nearly every architecture school library and a growing number of architecture firms.
Publication in CRIT is a unique accomplishment and an honor. Contributing to CRIT is also an opportunity to develop research and writing skills. The Editor-in-Chief has the dual responsibility of curating a high-caliber journal and acting as a writing mentor to contributors.
AIAS members receive CRIT at no charge as a benefit of membership. CRIT subscriptions are available for libraries, firms, and other interested parties. CRIT also presents advertising opportunities, as it is read by thousands of architecture students in North America. Questions about subscriptions and advertising should be directed to AIAS Executive Director Joshua Caulfield: . You may also download the subscription form here.
But most importantly, CRIT is the place where you – architecture students – can state your opinions, provoke dialogue, and display your knowledge and skills.
SUBMITTING TO CRIT
The Writing Process
If you have ever taken a course in architectural history, theory, or criticism – and all of you have or will – then you have written a paper, created a project, or made a presentation that can form the basis for an editorial, article, or project published in CRIT. The elements of the writing process are very similar to the stages of the design process:
- Prewriting (concept design)
- Research (site visits and precedents)
- Outlining (schematic design)
- Writing/drafting (design development)
- Editing and revising (construction drawings and renderings)
- Publishing (presentation)
This means that not only are architecture students capable designers, we also have the requisite skills to be successful writers.
For tips on research and writing techniques, see The Handbook of Technical Writing, 9th Edition by Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, and Walter E. Oliu (St. Martin’s Press) and the 16th Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, available at www.chicagomanualofstyle.org.
Submitting to CRIT
As a journal, CRIT contains content that is academic in nature, with essays, articles, and projects that provoke thought and encourage dialogue.
CRIT welcomes several types of submissions, each with distinct guidelines:
- Letters: CRIT welcomes letters from readers, both supportive and critical. Letters should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief and should respond to the theme of the immediately previous issue or a specific article or essay. Letters should be no more than 300 words in length. CRIT does not accept anonymous letters.
- Comments: Editorials and opinion essays should be 500-1200 words in length. Submissions should be thoughtful and provocative, but do not necessarily require significant research.
- Book Reviews: Writers are responsible for obtaining the material to be reviewed. A review should analyze the book in the context of design education and/or practice and discuss its relevance to students. Reviews should not exceed 800 words in length.
- Features: Feature articles project a strong argument and/or discuss a body of research and should be appropriately and thoughtfully composed. Feature articles should be at least 1500 words in length and may be accompanied by images, potentially for use on the cover.
- Projects: At least three high-resolution (600 dpi) images, potentially for use on the cover, should be sent for each project to be considered for publication. A project statement, not to exceed 1500 words, must accompany the images.
Broad topical suggestions include:
- The connections amongst architecture and other disciplines, especially public policy
- How architecture is impacted by – and impacts – social, cultural, or economic forces
- The relationships between architectural pedagogy and practice
- The “social project” of architecture
- “Critical” architecture
- How architecture affects the success of educational environments
- Architectural theory and philosophy
- Interviews with notable instructors, professors, or practicing architects
CRIT accepts submissions on a rolling basis up to approximately two months prior to publication.
CRIT welcomes ideas in all stages of development; the Editor-in-Chief will work with you to finalize the work for publication. Submissions that are not published in the upcoming issue will be held by the AIAS to be considered for publication in a future issue or alternate venue.
All submissions should include a 75-word biographical sketch including full name(s), academic or professional affiliations, and any other information the author(s) feel appropriate, such as leadership experience, work experience, study abroad experience, and research and career interests.
Questions? Comments? Ideas? Submissions? Random sparks of inspiration?
Send them to George Guarino III, Editor-in-Chief: