The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (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.

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Call for Entries:
2014 Justice Facilities Review

Showcasing proven strategies and the latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities. Gain recognition for your outstanding work.


Entries must be submitted before 4:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 3, 2014.
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AAJ Journal

The AAJ Journal is the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice's electronic newsletter. The goal of this publication is to provide information that helps our members better understand upcoming events and their content and offer access to related organizations and articles on pertinent topics. Through the newsletter, we aim to let you, our members, know what is happening in the community as well as offer you a platform for sharing your expertise with the community.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Discover events, conferences, continuing education webinars and more from the AIA AAJ Event Calendar. Local components are invited to send upcoming events for local AAJ committees to aaj@aia.org. 

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Upcoming Events

  1. National Association for Court Management Annual Conference

    Sunday, July 13 - Thursday, July 17, 2014
    Scottsdale, AZ, United States
  2. 2014 AAJ Fall Conference

    Wednesday, November 5 - Saturday, November 8, 2014
    St. Louis, MO, United States

AIA National Convention Events

Public Architects Committee, Academy of Architecture for Justice , and Technology in Architectural Practice Joint Reception
Wednesday, June 25 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Fee: $55

Enjoy food and drinks while meeting clients and practitioners in justice, public, and technology architecure. Join the AAJ members as they announce their award recipients. Additionally, there will be the annual celebration of the TAP-BIM Awards program and its current recipients. The evening event is an opportunity for AIA members to network with peers while celebrating the best in BIM design and justice facilities.

2012 AIA National Convention 

Justice Facilities Review: Awards Program and Publication

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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.

2014 JFR Call for Entries will be posted after December 2, 2013.

2013 JFR Print and Digital Publication Available

The Justice Facilities Review 2013 publication is now available. Download the JFR13 (PDF) for FREE on the AIA.org website. Purchase a printed copy of the JFR13 for $23.99* plus shipping

Learn more about the Justice Facilities Review program and view the archive. 

AAJ Journal Published Quarterly

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Now Open: 2014 AAJ Conference Call for Proposals

Theme: Architecture for Social Justice

Conference: November 5 – 8, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri

In this conference we will explore how current justice facilities are meeting the demands for change, and how this will affect the next generation of justice architects through the following tracks:

- Local Justice – Municipal and neighborhood level facilities including law enforcement, juvenile and re-entry, civil and family courts
- Federal and State Courts
- Detention and Corrections
- Sustainability, Research, Ideology and Education/Reviews

We welcome submissions at every level of justice building design that demonstrate these social and institutional ideas.

The proposal deadline is due May 19, 2014 at 12pm ET.

AAJ Journal: Special Edition

Read the most recent issue of the AAJ's quarterly newsletter, the AAJ Journal.

Joint Publication of AIA/AAJ and InfoComm

"AVIT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts"
Design guidelines for architects, AV/IT specialists, judges, court administrators, and others concerned with courthouse and courtroom construction and renovation.

→ The next presentation of this booklet will be at the show GovComm. Physical copies of the booklet will be given to the first 100 attendees to Peter Kiefer’s keynote, please see this link: http://www.govcommshow.org/SpecialEvents.asp

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    As we quickly approach the beginning of this conference, where professionals and students from various design-related fields, I feel the need to revisit and share my particular interest in this conference.... more

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    Filmmakers seeking case studies of new prisons

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    [I'm posting this on behalf of the filmmakers - RS] To the members of the AAJ, ​ In February 2014, Danish documentary production companies Filmbureauet and Elk Film, started preparing a documentary,...

  • Ms. Isabella Rosse

    2014 AAJ Conference Call for Proposals

    Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Justice

    The 2014 AAJ Conference Call for Proposals is now open! In this conference we will explore how current justice facilities are meeting the demands for change, and how this will affect the next generation...

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