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Open House International

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2018 Impact Factor: 0.169*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 0.220*

CiteScore 2020: 0.7
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 0.8 (Updated Monthly)

 Editorial Objectives

Open House International (OHI) is an interdisciplinary research journal in built environment studies speaking to the disciplines and areas of interest in architecture, building technology, housing, urban design and planning. The journal aims at establishing effective links between theory and design and education and practice in these fields. Placing emphasis on international collaboration, and global south/global north dialectics, the key objectives of the journal are to:

  • Promote research and practice towards addressing the full spectrum of sustainable development and whenever possible relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
  • Improve the quality of built environment through encouraging greater sharing of decision making by ordinary people. It also aims at developing the necessary institutional frameworks, which will support the local initiatives of parties in the housing and place production processes.

OHI has been awarded the distinction of CIB Encouraged Journal by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) for its relevance and link with industry and academia.

Key Focus Areas

OHI publishes articles in the following two areas as they relate to the built environment.

Socially and Culturally Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism:

This area involves a range of topics that include action planning; affordable homes; building and urban design; building design & planning for social sustainability; culture and built form; gender issues in design; habitat agenda; housing planning and production; slum improvement and redevelopment; socio-spatial justice; user participation; vernacular architecture and self-built housing development

Built Environment Tectonics and Technologies:

This area involves topics that include building technologies and materiality; building performance and energy simulation and conservation strategies; environmental planning and design; open building; prefabrication and industrialisation; restoration and conservation technologies; tectonics of traditional and contemporary architecture; and application of information technologies in design and construction processes.

Editorial Criteria and Article Types

OHI publishes research papers that involve a rigorous research process, include a clear methodology or approach to examination, and integrate the existing body of knowledge of their scope into an empirical investigation, which leads to authoritative conclusions that instigate new knowledge either in architectural and design research or urban design/urban planning research. Research paper should not exceed 8,000 words including images, tables, and references (each image or table counts as 280 words). See full author guidelines.

By invitation only, OHI publishes Book or Film Reviews that critically discuss a published authored or co-edited book or a volume or a series. These are published occasionally by invitation only and should not exceed 2,500 words.

Authors must clearly indicate to which area the submission is made. The Co-Chief Editors are responsible for the following areas:

  • Professor Ashraf Salama, Co-Chief Editor: areas of Socially and Culturally Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
  • Professor Yonca Hurol, Co-Chief Editor: areas of Built Environment Tectonics and Technologies, and environmental sustainability.

Authors and Key Audiences 

OHI addresses academics, practitioners, decision makers, and students of architecture, urban design and planning and interior and spatial design.

  • Universities and research organizations involved with built environment development
  • Professional bodies in built environment and engineering
  • Practitioners in design, engineering, construction, urban planning, production, operation and maintenance, facility management, and project management
  • Policy makers and government agencies involved with planning and legislation of the above.

OHI articles come from architects, interior designers, planners, and landscape architects, and from those working in these fields in academic institutions, universities, research centres, government agencies, and professional practice.

Brief History of Open House International

Open House International was founded by Nicholas Wilkinson while working in the Netherlands at the Foundation of Architects Research, (SAR) Stichting Architecten Research. The SAR contributed to financing a very modest low cost A5 format photocopied bulletin of SAR activities and research and especially projects of its supporters. Such a bulletin was founded in 1976 due to a lack of information on projects in different countries on the practical application of 'supports and detachable units', on the basis of the idea of N.J Habraken, the founder of the Open Building theory and SAR.

Open House International grew significantly in its early years to become a standard journal on Open Building and Built Environment and published quarterly. Over the past two decades, Open House International has witnessed another significant growth and expanded its scope to include various disciplines within the built environment. For more than four decades, Prof. Nicholas Wilkinson continued his message and led the Journal until sadly passing away in 2017. Prof. Ashraf Salama has been a collaborating editor since 2006 and Prof. Yonca Hurol has been the international technical editor of the journal since 2010.  

With the transition to Emerald Publishing from 2020 we aim to strengthen ties among scholars worldwide, diversify our content, and address issues of concern to the global community of architects and planners working in built environment related fields.

Open House International is indexed in:

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture

And ranked in:

  • Scopus




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* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)