Melissa, Nina, Kristine, and the entire planning committee are excited for the conference this year. We have assembled a diverse group of speakers to share their research and experiences. We look forward to hosting members of our peer community, the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare. We encourage you to join us in Jersey City this November and prepare to be part of the solution!
Tom Perica, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tom Perica is a justice and civic architect with 24 years of experience in the planning and design of courts and complex public projects. He has a deep understanding of the technical process needed to deliver courts facilities tailored to the specific needs of clients while always advocating advancement and challenging the status quo of established building types. As the justice system changes, his interest lies in hybrid facilities that overlay healthcare programming with traditional justice building types.
Tom was the 2015 AAJ conference chairman and he challenged his cohorts at the conference’s closing plenary to advance the mission of this Knowledge Group by increasing cross-pollination with the mental healthcare field. The work over the last three years is representative of that 2015 call for change and is the theme of this year’s conference.
Tom is chairing this year’s track, Inclusive Processes, where we will look at four approaches to inclusive Justice Design with well-being as a focus.
• Applying The Equity Lens: Public to Private Sector
• Officer and Inmate Wellness with Post Occupancy Data
• Shaping Tribal Well-being
• One Commonwealth: Two Approaches to Designing for Youth
Jeff Hyman, AIA
Jeff has dedicated the majority of his 25 years in architecture to the design and construction of justice, cultural, and educational facilities. He currently serves as a Vice President and Senior Project Manager in the New York office of CGL. Jeff has a deep-rooted belief in combining and advocating for Social Justice Principles, operational understanding, and technical knowledge. He has led the planning and design of county, state, and federal courthouses, and both juvenile and adult detention centers. Many of his projects have been recognized for their design excellence, including the Staten Island Courthouse in New York City and the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse in Denver, Colorado. Jeff was a guest speaker at the 2015 AAJ Conference advocating for the importance of courthouse design guidelines.
Jeff is chairing this year’s track, Evidence-Based Approaches, where we will discuss changing strategies in Justice Design with well-being as a focus, including:
• The Design of Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities
• Mentally Ill Offenders: Who is "My Keeper”?
• Reducing Trauma/Meeting Needs: Environments that Restore Health
• Thin Blue Line: Mental Health & Mental Illness
Larry Hlavacek, AIA, S.E.
Larry Hlavacek has over 25 years of experience in architecture and project management with a specialization in Justice Architecture and Law Enforcement Design. He currently serves as Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager for the Justice practice for HOK in Chicago. He leads the development of innovative, functional, and cost-effective design solutions with award-winning results. including the Hanover Park Police Headquarters. He has led recent projects including the Davidson County Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville and the Joliet In-Patient Treatment Facility for the Illinois Department of Corrections, which focus on mental health treatment and rehabilitative programs, and the Oswego, Illinois Police Headquarters, which features an extensive training area and community spaces to encourage community involvement.
Larry speaks frequently as an expert on Law Enforcement Design at local and national conferences, discussing topics including best practices, design trends, and community policing. He also serves as a member of his local Citizen’s Police Academy.
Larry is chairing this year’s track, Case Studies, where we will examine four case studies with different approaches to Justice Design with well-being as a focus, including:
• Re-Entry Programs & Diversionary Strategies, Recovery of Mentally Ill
• SB863 (CA) Adult Mental Health: A Case Study
• Shrinking Corrections
• NJIT Studio - Two Newark Precincts Critical Analysis
Jeff Purtell, Assoc. DBIA
Jeff Purtell is an Associate Principal and oversees business development activities for the Justice Architecture sector for Dewberry, which includes segments in Corrections, Courts, and Public Safety. He is the point contact for Dewberry’s vertical design-build initiative, with a focus on best practices and efficient project delivery. He formerly represented a manufacturer of building systems for correctional facilities.
Jeff is an Associate Design-Build Professional (Assoc. DBIA) and a Justice Partners Committee member of the AIA-AAJ. His affiliations also include the American Correctional Association, California State Sheriffs Association, and California State Association of Counties.
Jeff has organized two tours scheduled for Friday in Brooklyn. One tour will be located at the Kings County Supreme and Family Courthouse, which was completed in 2005 and is also the home to the Brooklyn Mental Health Court. This court offers community-based treatment in lieu of incarceration to defendants with serious mental health diagnoses. The other tour is planned for the Red Hook Justice Center, a program of the Center for Court Innovation.
- What do you hope will be the biggest takeaway or issue to consider for the attendees once the conference is underway?
"Our biggest hope for this conference is to share and expand our knowledge and challenge each other to expand our view. We are an influential membership with a moral obligation to engage a greater field of stakeholders to develop facilities that more effectively serve the needs of our justice system and our communities"