Call For Submissions

In celebration of the fifth year as the world’s only peer-reviewed open access publication on living architecture, the Journal of Living Architecture (JLIV) is accepting open submissions on the full range of topics related to vegetative walls, roofs, and structures.  This includes research, innovation and commentary across a range of disciplines including: design, science, policy, education, construction and stewardship. Submissions will be accepted in all of the following categories.


  • Feature is a great place to discuss concepts and research findings of particular significance to living architecture professionals and to the living architecture knowledge base, methodology, practice and organization. [>5000 words]
  • Ideas at Work is an excellent place for nascent projects and burgeoning work with innovative and novel approaches, describes novel ideas, patent pending work, innovative programs and new methods of interest to professionals. [1500-4500 words]
  • Tools of the Trade is a great place for descriptive reports on specific materials, books, techniques and technologies useful to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
  • Research in Brief is good place for discrete and focused literature review, the summary of preliminary, or collective work, that is more specific and succinct than a Feature. [1500-2500 words]
  • Commentary is a great place for perspectives challenging or presenting an opinion on an issue of concern to the living architecture field or to discuss a manuscript previously published in the JLIV. [1500-2500 words]

JLIV offers a rapid and rigorous review process. Please check out the collection of Articles and Learn more about us.

Submissions should adhere to the Submission Guidelines and be made online through the Submissions Page.

Inquires and questions may be made directly to Dr. Reid Coffman, Editor-in-Chief

About the Journal of Living Architecture

The Journal of Living Architecture (JLIV) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Green Infrastructure Foundation (GIF), a charitable 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) founded to respond to the need for greater awareness and resources to promote the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities.

The JLIV is written, reviewed, and edited by living architecture professionals, sharing with their colleagues successful educational applications, original research findings, scholarly opinions, educational resources, and challenges on issues of critical importance to living architecutre professionals and educators.

The JLIV is published exclusively here on the Living Architecture Monitor magazine website. The magazine will publish the abstract of each published JLIV manuscript in the quarterly issue, with a link to the full paper online.




The JLIV's mission is to expand and update the research and knowledge base for living architecture and allied professionals. In addition, JLIV serves as a forum for emerging and contemporary issues affecting living architecture.

The current JLIV editorial review board includes:

  • Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Reid Coffman, Kent State University
  • Managing Editor, Dr. Richard Sutton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Dr. Brad Bass, Environment Canada
  • Dr. Robert Berghage, Penn State University
  • Dr. Jennifer Bousselot, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Maureen Connelly, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield
  • Bruce Dvorak, MLA, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Tobias Emillson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Barry Lehrman, MArch/MLA, California State Polytechnic University
  • Dr. J. Scott MacIvor, University of Toronto
  • Thomas O'Connor, MSE, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Bill Retzlaff, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Dr. Bradley Rowe, Michigan State University
  • Virginia Russell, MLA, University of Cincinnati
  • Dr. Sabina Shaikh, University of Chicago
  • Dr. David Tilley, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Youbin Zheng, University of Guelph