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About AAJ

The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) is a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). It is the AAJ primary goal to be the recognized organization that promotes excellence in design of justice facilities that:

  • Operate efficiently, safely, and securely
  • Contribute to more livable and sustainable communities
  • Elevate the stature of these institutions within society
  • Create a positive environment for those who visit, work, and live there
  • Achieve prudent stewardship of public funds

Upcoming Events


Justice Facilities Review

New! See the recipients for 2017 and learn about the call for jurors.

Download the 2016 book now (PDF): bit.ly/jfr2016

Buy the printed 2016 book: bit.ly/jfr2016print

The 2017 print publication will be available soon.

2017 AAJ Journal Q2

AAJ Journal Published Quarterly

View the current issue: 2017 AAJ Journal Q2 and the archive of past issues.

Articles include:
-- Design dialogue: Designing for justice
-- Emerging professional profile of Ryan Meador
-- The uncomfortable tourist: Juxtapositions of Alcatraz
-- Chat with your 2017 AAJ Conference Chairs

We would like to thank our 2016-2017 newsletter sponsor: LiftU

Latest Discussions

  • Anti-suicide design was one of the topics that I proposed for this conference that was rejected. I have written and testified extensively on this topic. There are many subtle features that have to be considered, ...

  • "the jail is part of the community and the community of part of the jail" Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr.  Even though this is a well known fact, why do you, as design professionals, feel this concept is hard for ...

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Latest Blogs

  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Justice

    The sessions at the AIA AAJ conference 2017 had three tracts: courts, corrections and detention, and law enforcement. One of my goals with this final blog post is to help future scholars in understanding ... more

  • Posted in: Academy of Architecture for Justice

    Session day and time: October 30 th from 8:30-9:30. The statistics are eye-opening. A study published a few years ago by the Bureau of Justice Statistics cited that within the state prison system,  ... more

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