Announcements and Deadlines
04/13/17 Call for Proposals Phase 1 Due
10/29-31/17 AAJ Conference 2017 at the Hilton Netherland in Cincinnati
Justice system research has long been conducted by social and biological scientists. Only more recently, however, has the influence of justice architecture on justice issues been systematically investigated. Increased societal interest in humane criminal justice presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between justice architecture professionals with experts from other disciplines toward the goal of optimizing and humanizing the design of justice facilities. For example, correctional facility designs now consistently integrate features to aid in the rehabilitation of offenders. In the civil and family justice arenas, easier access to legal information, social services programs and case files have substantially increased the incidence of self-representation in the courts, and legal practices have begun to shift away from traditional trial court adjudication to alternative forms of settlements and mediation. Interdisciplinary Justice also promotes the design of professional public safety services in partnership with the community it serves.
It is established that interdisciplinary collaboration promotes diversity in thinking more likely to result in innovative and effective solutions than one dependent on a single perspective, e.g., strictly traditional design professionals. As such, clients are more frequently requiring that justice architectural firms expand the expertise of their teams to include specialized consultants in the areas of criminology, mental health, management consulting, technology integration and medicine, just to name a few, to offer design solutions grounded in the same “human services” paradigm. Design should encourage transparency and community engagement, provide inspiring workplace for employees, and foster efficient work flows. Access to and implementation of diverse points of view about the role that justice-related buildings play in the delivery of justice is the only way that true justice reform can be achieved.
The 2017 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference will provide a venue at which to share and discuss relevant theories and evidence-based practices with experts from multiple fields, forging paths for the cultivation of multidisciplinary justice design coalitions. As part of an overall strategy to advance social justice, we invite you to explore the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in the design of courts, detention/corrections, and public safety facilities.
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