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Architecture for Social Justice

Architecture for Social Justice
November 5-8, 2014 | Hilton at the Ball Park – St. Louis, Mo.


10/6 - The hotel block is full. 
9/30 - 15 HSW LUs  (of 21.5 LUs) available with full participation. 
9/29 - Updated Schedule at a Glance posted. 
9/29 - Seven emerging professional travel scholarships confirmed.  

The fabric of justice architecture is changing in response to the needs of society. In our own young Democracy, ideas about the whole and the individual demonstrate how we self-regulate our society’s fabric.  Recent public outcry has never been greater to make changes to the status quo.

Attorney General Eric Holder has enacted changes to Federal mandatory sentencing laws that will affect law enforcement; civil, family & and juvenile court proceedings as well as criminal proceedings; and detention & corrections.

Drastic restrictions to taxes and government spending demand that we take another look at our justice system.  Across the nation criminal justice systems are striving to reduce recidivism and become more effective.  Courts are utilizing specialized courts and counseling to help offenders with issues of addiction, mental illness and traumatic experiences.  Law enforcement and jails are developing assessment tools to identify underlying issues early.  Together, court and detention staff are increasingly using pre-trial services and diversion to keep offenders out of detention centers and using alternative sanctions whenever possible.

A renewed emphasis on community policing, restorative justice, evidenced-based programs, and community re-entry, to name a few, is leading to a re-thinking of how we treat offenders and the role of criminal justice in our communities.  As architects we need to develop facilities responsive to these new attitudes and direction. These changes will shape the way we plan justice facilities now and in the future.

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.

We look forward to your participation in a meaningful conference in the central heartland of the nation in the great city of St. Louis as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

New this Year

More Opportunities for Emerging Professionals 

As an extension of the AIA’s repositioning initiative to engage emerging professionals, the committee has sought to: select a forward focused theme and keynote speakers, provide speaking opportunities in current presentations and keynotes, provide financial incentives for both individuals and the firms to make travel feasible, increase interactivity during and outside of sessions, and coordinate special networking events for new attendee engagement. In fact, we believe these enhancements will benefit all attendees and welcome your feedback.

A JFR Banquet Everyone Can Afford

You may note the JFR Banquet ticket price has been cut in half from last year, but you can expect the same great event. It is thanks to our exhibitors and sponsors that we are able to reduce the price. Also, we would like to see more of you at the banquet

Additional Roundtable Discussion Time

Past attendees have highly praised the opportunities to discuss hot topics in small groups. While maintaining the same amount of AIA Continuing Education time, we have added three roundtables to the conference. See the Schedule at a Glance for details.

Questions can be directed to:

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors: Safti-First and HOK.


New Full Program

Schedule at a Glance

Registration Details

Emerging Professional
Scholarships Application

Hotel and Travel

JFR Banquet
at the City Museum

Experience St. Louis

Letters from the Chairs


Exhibits and
Sponsorship Prospectus

Registration Rates

Online registration closed. Onsite registration available at the Hilton starting at 11 am CT on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Registration Category




AIA Member






Government Employee




Emerging Professionals




Thursday Only


Friday Only




JFR dinner


Sustainable Workshop







Earn up to 21.5 AIA Learning Units
including 15 HSW LUs.

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