Letter from the Chair – 2016 AAJ Journal Q3


Thank you for reading the Academy for Architecture for Justice Journal: Third Quarter Issue of 2016!

Firstly, we have a letter from our Conference Chair, Dwight Mitsunaga inviting us to the next AIA-AAJ conference in Honolulu, Hawaii!  The keynote speakers are distinguished and inspiring, the track chairs have curated interesting and educational sessions, the sustainable workshop is a go, the hotel looks beautiful and the setting can’t be beat.  On November 2-5, 2016, get set to say aloha!

Second, we have an interview with Ron Budzinski, who recently retired as National Director of Criminal Justice Architecture for PSA Dewberry Architects. In the interview, Ron gives thoughtful insight into his career, his legacy and the future of justice architecture.  Ron is a generous person to interview, and in life:  He helped in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he served as a Commissioner on the American Correctional Associations Accreditation Committee, and now in retirement, Ron is a volunteer for a prison ministry program that looks to provide life skills for newly released offenders. 

Third, we have an article by Steven E. Loomis that touches on the innovation and trends in the design of Police Training Facilities.  The article is timely as racial tensions between police and the public are running high in some of our communities.  As police training evolves, it will be important to provide the quality support space for growth and diversity.  The article focuses on two facilities, one in York Region, the other in Miami-Dade.

Fourth, some key members of the AIA AAJ Leadership Group, share their experiences with the Knowledge Leadership Assembly (KLA).  Check it out!

Lastly, our Justice Partner, the American Correctional Association (ACA) has just released an important statement on Restrictive Housing in the United States. This will affect the design and construction of many projects going forward and is a worthwhile document to consider as the AAJ continues to shape and discuss future best practices.

Kerry Feeney
Chair – AAJ Communications Committee 2016



An invitation to paradise! A letter from the conference chair, Dwight Mitsunaga
by Dwight Mitsunaga

Sharing and working together are a part of what we all need to do each and every day to create the best projects possible as responsible professionals.  Our annual conferences provide a great opportunity to address the needs of our justice communities and join together to share knowledge so that we can keep improving and advancing justice architecture. Learn about the different speakers and tours that will be featured this year.

Seasoned professional profile of Ron Budzinski
By the AAJ Communications Committee

Ron Budzinski speaks about the impact of various projects he has worked on, from the early years of justice practice experience and the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina to his fight for physical design standards within the ACA. He also shares how his work hasn't ended in retirement, through a successful life skills class that led to greater changes within the local system.

Complexity and community: Current trends in law enforcement training facilities
By Steven E. Loomis, FAIA, LEED AP

Recent incidents have sparked national debate and even riots over how police are trained, police racial profiling and when use of force is appropriate and necessaryWhile these issues cannot be solved directly through new facilities, they can be addressed in a revamped training regimen that is then translated into an architectural program and response.

From the leadership: Individual thoughts on the 2016 Knowledge Leadership Assembly
By the members of the AAJ leadership group

We call them the Leadership Group, and together they work hard to lead the AAJ into the future, keeping us relevant and organized.  But what about them individually?  In this issue, we have taken the opportunity to ask them separately about the value of—and their experience at—the Knowledge Leadership Assembly, a gathering of leaders from many of the AIA communities. 

Restrictive housing
By the American Correctional Association

Included here is a very important statement on restrictive housing by the American Correctional Association. The governing bodies of ACA have adopted a new resolution, and a new policy of great consequence. They have also approved for field testing a set of standards regarding the use and administration of restrictive housing units.