About Places Journal

Places is a leading journal of contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism. We publish essays, criticism, photography, and narrative journalism, as well as peer-reviewed scholarship that deserves a wide audience.

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Our mission is to harness the moral and investigative power of public scholarship to promote equitable cities and sustainable landscapes. We publish designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to the profound ecological and social challenges of our time. Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, environmental health and social equity, climate change, resource scarcity, technological innovation — all demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. These challenges also demand that serious design journalism and scholarship move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.

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Places Journal is a nonprofit organization sustained by the generosity of an international network of academic partners as well as organizational and individual donors. Their support ensures that Places will remain editorially independent and our articles freely accessible.

Prior to moving online in 2009, Places was a print journal established in 1983 and sustained by the founding partners: MIT, UC Berkeley, and Pratt Institute. The entire print archive is available in PDF format.


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Harrison S. Fraker, University of California, Berkeley
  • Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
  • Adam Yarinsky, Architecture Research Office
  • Amale Andraos, Columbia University
  • John Bass, University of British Columbia
  • Nathaniel Q. Belcher, Pennsylvania State University
  • Alan Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Trine Berthold, Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Todd W. Bressi, Urban Design • Place Planning • Public Art, Philadelphia
  • Nelson Chen, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dieter DietzÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Vittoria Di Palma, University of Southern California
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury, University of Miami
  • Martin Felsen, Illinois Institute of Technology, UrbanLab
  • Steven P. French, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jim Friedman, Treasurer, Ryan Associates
  • Ming Fung, SCI-Arc
  • Deborah Gans, Pratt Institute
  • Sharon Haar, University of Michigan
  • Jeff Hou, University of Washington
  • Judith Kinnard, Tulane University
  • Amy Larimer, Stanford University
  • Peter MacKeith, University of Arkansas
  • Elizabeth Meyer, University of Virginia
  • Norman Millar, Woodbury University
  • Louise Mozingo, University of California, Berkeley
  • Garth Rockcastle, University of Maryland
  • Peter Siöström, Lund University
  • David Smiley, Columbia University
  • Frederick R. Steiner, University of Texas
  • Ralph Stern, University of Manitoba
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Philip UrsprungETH Zürich
  • Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christopher John Webster, University of Hong Kong
  • Allison G. Williams, AECOM


  • Nancy LevinsonEditor and Executive Director, Places
  • Donlyn LyndonUniversity of California, Berkeley, Editor Emeritus, Places
  • Thomas F. SchuttePratt Institute

Academic Partners

  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Columbia University
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • ETH Zürich
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • SCI-Arc
  • Stanford University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Woodbury University