2013 First Quarter Issue

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Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the 2012 4th quarter AAJ Journal.  The timing of the 4th quarter journal may give you the impression that we are caught in a time warp, but much to the contrary.  Although this edition is later than we anticipated, I can assure you that the AAJ Communications committee is hard at work to bring you new content and relevant information pertaining to the justice market.   I am grateful to my 2012 stalwart committee members, Steve Carter and Larry Hartman for their continued thoughts, ideas, and contributions and their commitment to continue on in 2013, our 2012 AG Liaison Herb Roth, and Doug Paul and Kathleen Simpson of the AIA.  I am excited to welcome Liz Minnis as our 2013 AG Liaison, Kristine Johnson and Erin Costini who have joined our committee for 2013, and, Ann Harris and Kathleen Simpson as our go-to AIA resource.

Looking forward to 2013 AAJ Journals we have already identified topics we look forward to covering.   We have selected the theme of "Best Practices" as a multi-series set of articles with a focus on correctional institutions.  Next month you will receive a "Special Edition" of the Journal featuring the 2012 JFR Citations.  With Liz Minnis leading the charge, we are working with the various AAJ Committees to enhance our AAJ KnowledgeNet web-site where you will find specifics about each committee, their purpose and mission, and updates about their activities.  Erin Costini is taking the lead in posting articles and information of interest to our AAJ Facebook, Linked-In and KnowledgeNet blogs.   We hope you take advantage of and participate in the discussion forums.

LIFT-U had generously committed to sponsoring the AAJ Journal again this year.   Hats off to LIFT-U and their continued commitment to the AAJ Knowledge Community.

In this issue you will find:  

  • The final article of a 3-part series focusing on Design-Build entitled "Design Build from an Owner's Perspective."
  • An update from the AAJ Research Committee where they share some new projects that they have underway. 
  • Profiles on a portion of 2012 JFR projects.
  • A report about the annual 2012 AAJ Conference that was held in Toronto.

Please send us your comments, ideas and feedback.  We would love to hear from you!

April Pottorff, AIA
2013 AIA-AAJ Communication Chair


In this issue

Upcoming Events

2013 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference
March 20-23, 2013
Washington, D.C.

AIA National Convention and Design Exposition
June 20-22, 2013
Denver, Colorado
Save the Date: Fall Conference
September 18-21, 2013
Portland, Oregon


Design-Build from the Owner's Perspective

By April Pottorff, AIA Part 3 of 3 - This is the third, in a three part series, that focuses on design-build project delivery for justice facilities…and no series would be complete without providing the owner's perspective. Owners have a toolbox full of options for developing capital projects: design-bid-build; construction manager at risk; design-build. Each of these methods offers variations for contractual relationships and processes. As stewards of public resources, owners are in a perpetual search of more effective ways to deliver cost-effective projects for the best value. Owners chose design-build for several reasons: risk management; single point of responsibility; cost control; integrated project team; and, in some cases for the speed of project delivery under a fast-tracked scheduled. Five different owners offered their perspectives about their experience with the design-build delivery method. Read More

AAJ Research Committee Update

By Jay Farbstein PhD, FAIA and Melissa Farling, AIA - The AAJ Research Committee is committed to supporting design decision-making through scientific research for its members, in a user-friendly manner. Toward that objective, the committee has successfully completed a number of initiatives over the past 7 years, including an original research study principally sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections, three workshop/seminars, two on applying neuroscience concepts to correctional and court facility research and a third on research for sustainable justice facilities. Currently, the committee has three projects in progress and one pending research study proposal. Read More

►  View the first ten research summaries

2012 AIA Justice Facilities Review

Kyu Young Kim, Assoc. AIA

Project Profiles Part 2 - The AIA Justice Facilities Review (JFR) is the annual publication of the American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ). The AAJ promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high quality planning, design and delivery of justice architecture.

The JFR Program offers examples of a broad range of design strategies and depicts the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the United States. The JFR is a source book for best practices recognizing the year's best examples of justice design.  Read More

2012 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference

Conference Chairs: Michael Moxam, FRAIC, OAA, Associate AIA and Mark Krapez OAA, Int. Associate. AIA - The 2012 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice conference was held in Toronto, Ontario October 10 to the 12th at the Toronto Hilton Hotel. It was the first time the AIA had located this conference outside the United States in over twenty years. This year the RAIC (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada) and the OAA (Ontario Association of Architects) joined the AIA in sponsoring the event. By all accounts the conference was a huge success. The annual national event, now international event, brought together an amazing cross section of work from architects and topic experts. The conference theme "Community Dialogue: Architecture for Justice and Renewal," was reinforced in all of the widely varied track sessions.  Read More

►  Save the Date! The 2013 AAJ Fall Conference will take place September 18-21, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Upcoming Events

American Jail Association Annual Conference

May 5-9, 2013 - The American Jail Association's 32nd Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo is hosted by the Kent County Sheriff's Office on May 5-9, 2013. The annual conference offers more than 40 workshops on a variety of topics for the jail professional. While at the conference discuss solutions with other participants at the largest conference created for jail professionals.

AJA also offers a Jail Expo at the conference where you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from companies that supply products and services to jail facilities.

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Court Architecture Executive Research Tour

May 27-31, 2013 - The Court of the Future Network would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Court Architecture Executive Research Tour being held May 27-31, 2013 in the two cultural capitals of North America—Montréal and New York City.

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2013 Public Architects Workshop at AIA National Convention

June 19, 2013 - Attend the Public Architects Training Workshop (PATW) and Reception at the AIA Convention on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. This pre-convention workshop explores the roles, responsibilities and leadership of and by architects who are involved in the planning, design and construction of public buildings. Management, collaboration, emerging trends and technology tools that are part of the leadership acumen practiced by public architects will be highlighted by various presentations. Workshop registration includes breakfast, lunch, and ticket to the Public Architects Workshop reception (EV105).

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2012 JFR Print and Digital Publication Available

The Justice Facilities Review 2012 publication is now available! The Justice Facilities Review offers the profession an indicator of proven strategies and the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in the U.S. The jury chooses projects for publication that demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

Download the JFR12 (PDF) for FREE on the AIA.org website. Purchase a printed copy of the JFR12 for $23.99* plus shipping. Learn more about the Justice Facilities Review program and view the archive.

Purchase the JFR 2012Download the JFR 2012

Sustainable Justice 2030: Green Guide to Justice

Earn 1 AIA HSW LU for reading the Sustainable Justice 2030: Green Guide to Justice and successfully completing the quiz.

This white paper is a proposition for the role of the justice system in contributing to the continuing viability of our society. Intended to complement other public initiatives with the year 2030 as the planning horizon, we aim to articulate a vision for how green justice buildings can serve a green and sustainable justice system as a foundational element of a sustainable society. As architects, our planning and design efforts are framed by the vision of our clients; this paper is intended to illustrate a vision for the year 2030 that is holistic and elevated in aspiration to create a more just and sustainable society.

Download the JFR 2012

The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails

This book distills thirty years of research on the impacts of jail and prison environments. The research program began with evaluations of new jails that were created by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which had a novel design intended to provide a nontraditional and safe environment for pretrial inmates, and documented the stunning success of these jails in reducing tension and violence. This book uses assessments of this new model as a basis for considering the nature of environment and behavior in correctional settings, and more broadly in all human settings. It provides a critical review of research on jail environments and of specific issues critical to the way they are experienced and places them in historical and theoretical context. It presents a contextual model for the way environment influences the chance of violence.

Richard Wener's much anticipated book entitled "The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings" can be purchased through Cambridge University Press and Amazon.com.

The AAJ Communications Committee welcomes your ideas and input. Contact April Pottorff, AIA at april@riccigreene.com with your suggestions for future articles, announcements, and journal content.

Did you know anyone can join AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Knowledge Community for FREE? Sign-up on AIA KnowledgeNet and start a discussion in the AAJ Discussion Forum.

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