2016 Fall Conference

Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference | November 2-5, 2016 | The Modern – Honolulu

Announcements and Deadlines

Save the date! October 29 - November 1, 2017 at the Hilton Netherland in Cincinnati


ALOHA! Sharing Justice Architecture Best Practices

In Hawaii, the word ALOHA expresses a multitude and mixture of wonderful meanings, feelings and spirits. It represents a fond welcoming to our islands as well as wishes for an equally pleasant stay and a safe journey home. It expresses a desire to open one’s heart to share what is valued most for the benefit of others. We look forward to that spirit bringing us together to share our knowledge with one another and contributing to establish better means and values for advancing best practices of Justice Architecture. It is hoped that when you leave Hawaii, you will have experienced a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction in sharing your ideas as well as receiving the gift of knowledge from your colleagues.

The 2016 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference provides a great opportunity for you to present and discover a host of best ideas and practices for courts, detention/correction and public safety facilities. It provides an occasion for you to also experience life in a far-off island state whose very existence is dependent upon maintaining a delicate balance of its natural environment, multi-racial cultures, resources, economic needs and respect for human values. There are vast and infinite approaches and methods; and by joining together, we can identify means of utilizing best practices to advance our knowledge toward creating excellent Justice Architecture.

As the “Crossroads of the Pacific”, Hawaii has always been a melting pot and a conduit for sharing ideas and cultures. The island of Oahu, also known as the “gathering place”, will hopefully provide you an opportunity to greet old friends and meet new ones. Please join us to relax, recharge, revitalize and be inspired to advance our practice of Justice Architecture.

Conference Features

NEW: Justice Facilities Review Luncheon

The AAJ Leadership seeks to make the JFR celebration the centerpiece of the conference. Attendees asked for more free time at night. Therefore we will not have a separately ticketed evening event this year. The JFR celebration will take place on Thursday as a luncheon, our historically most highly attended session at the conference. Access to the luncheon is included in all full conference registrations. Additional guest tickets to the luncheon may be purchased through the regular conference registration process.

Expanding the Role of Emerging Professionals

As an extension of the AIA’s repositioning initiative to engage emerging professionals, the committee has sought to: select a future focused theme and keynote speakers, provide speaking opportunities in current presentations and keynotes, provide significantly discounted registration rates to make travel more feasible, increase interactivity during and outside of sessions, and coordinate special networking events for new attendee engagement. In fact, we believe these enhancements will benefit all attendees and welcome your feedback.

Sustainable Justice Committee Workshop

Sustainable justice and civic projects address all the elements of sustainable construction, including impacts to societal change. How can this building impact a community member, an employee or an offender? Everyone touching the building experiences its design. This year, the Sustainable Justice Committee Workshop will delve into the Sustainable Justice Guidelines published by the Committee in 2015, and how they pertain to each track (courts, law enforcement, and detention). JFR winners for 2016 will share their project’s sustainable opportunities and how they were implemented throughout the project. We will break into track sessions to share strategies that help owners and make projects be more sustainable, and reach the goals of societal changes we strive to achieve.

We will also discuss sustainable goals and opportunities for the Committee, information about the AIA 2030 DDx program and other initiatives we are undertaking.

Need to Get in the Groove?

#iLookUp Film Challenge People's Choice Award “Mixed Plate Hawaii,” by Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao, a film about how Hawaii’s diverse cultural heritage has proffered a diverse built environment over time or, as Lovett says, “life in four dimensions.”

Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors. Questions can be directed to: kathleensimpson@aia.org.


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Registration deadline extended to October 26th.

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