Letter from the editor – 2017 AAJ Journal Q1


Letter from the editor

Welcome to our first Journal of 2017!  We are off to a great start and I think this year promises to be particularly engaging.  We have a great committee, with fantastic ideas and focus, that we will share with you throughout the next few months.  

First, we continue our segments on getting to know some emerging professionals in the field.  This time we get to meet Kristina Koblusky. She is an impassioned lead designer, working towards licensure, with a drive to help people, communities and the environment.  My thanks to Kristina for taking the time out of her busy life to share her honest thoughts with us.

In this issue, we address courthouse design in a fundamental way.  Jim Beight brings forth an article that emphasizes the need for friendly courts and describes his work with the National Association for Court Management (NACM) to create the 2016 guide, “Creating a User-Friendly Court Structure and Environment”.  We are all looking to provide the best user experience possible in our designs, so do check out this resource.

We are also continuing what we started last year - where we learn more about the individuals that make up the Advisory Group (AG) of the AAJ.  Here, we interview the newest member of the AG, Gregory Cook.  Greg speaks about his desire for outreach, engagement and collaboration.  He is a great addition to the team and we are thrilled he is the Communications Committee’s liaison to the Advisory Group.   

 Lastly, Laurence Hartman visited the winter conference of the American Correctional Association (ACA).  One of the most prevalent topics was “restrictive housing” for mentally ill individuals – a difficult struggle that we should be informed about.  Our thanks to Laurence for reporting here.


Kerry%20Feeney%20Signature.jpgKerry Feeney
Chair – AAJ Communications Committee 2016



Emerging professional profile of Kristina Kobulsky
By the AAJ Communications Committee

Kristina talks about the moment she realized that architecture would become her focus, and how this focus has led to new opportunities ever since. She speaks to the importance of public spaces and community engagement, and shares her vision for building justice facilities that positively impact the user.

Designing the User-Friendly Courthouse: the new AAJ Guide
By Jim Beight, AIA, LEED AP

Despite their roles as civic centers and symbols of justice, courthouses have often fallen short in terms of providing a user-friendly experience for the general public. Jim shares several strategies from the 2016 guide to develop a courthouse that balances user priorities with court functions.

Get to know your newest Leadership Group member, Gregory Cook
By the AAJ Communications Committee

Greg shares how the power of design in justice architecture can positively influence lives, and the potential for collaborate with other organizations in AAJ's work. He looks forward to the opportunities for AAJ to challenge the expectations of criminal justice facilities.

Report from the American Correctional Association
By Laurence E. Hartman, AIA, NCARB, CCHP

The winter conference of the American Correctional Association was held January 20-24, 2017 in sunny San Antonio, Texas. Laurence recaps some of the current issues that were covered, including restrictive housing and new trends in design.



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