CFP: Interiors: Design, Culture, Architecture (Special Issue: “Spaces of Faith”)

Deadline:  10 April 2015

Editors:  Alice T Friedman (Wellesley College) and Anne Massey (Middlesex University)

What are the special challenges presented by designing spaces for the purposes of shared religious worship or private reflection? What impact does ritual and rhythm have on these interior spaces? How have private places for spiritual regeneration been incorporated into domestic spaces? How have potential users been incorporated into the design process? Papers could explore the theme of Spaces of Faith from the perspective of one particular faith, or from that of multi-faith interiors. From airports to universities, ocean liners to hospitals, the unique challenges of designing for a variety of faiths, of meeting disparate requirements in one interior have characterised this subject over recent years. What has been provided for shared worship? How have the designers met these challenges? How successful have they been? Alternatively, the theme of changed usage may be explored, with church interiors being converted into cafes and monasteries into hotels.

Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4–8 illustrations are invited. Alternatively, submissions which include more images with accompanying critical commentary of 2,000–3,000 words are also encouraged.

Submissions should be sent as an attachment to by 10th April, 2015. Please insert “SPECIAL ISSUE 6:3” into the subject line.

Further details of the Journal, including Notes for Contributors, are available at

For further information or for advice as to the suitability of your proposed subject and approach, authors are invited to contact the editors on with a 300-word précis of your work.