AAJ Research SubCommittee Resources

The AIA/AAJ Research Subcommittee is committed to supporting design decision-making through scientific research for its members, in a user-friendly manner. Towards that objective, the subcommittee has successfully completed a number of initiatives over the past 7 years, including an original research study principally sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections, three workshop/seminars on applying neuroscience concepts to correctional and court facility research and research for sustainable justice facilities.  In addition, the subcommittee is in the process of creating a user-friendly Justice Facilities Review database and is working with Infocomm International on a project to develop guidelines for video technologies in court proceedings.

Announcing the Justice Facilities Review Database!

Imagine if you had easy access to all that JFR information in one location.  Now you can! Welcome to the AAJ’s Justice Facilities Review Database. Since 2012, the AAJ Research Committee and Erin Costino Persky, the 2012 Research Scholar, have been working on providing members a user-friendly central repository of all the projects submitted to the JFR since 2000 – over 400 projects and more than 4,000 images. This newly-created database will provide project overview narratives, data and photos that will be searchable. 

Please take an opportunity to review this incredible resource. We welcome your feedback on the second iteration of the research database and invite you to click on “Contact” or “Help & Feedback” buttons to send us your thoughts, corrections, suggestions, and experiences with the website.

(The database is in “beta” version, and is an on-going research project for AAJ. Currently project data from 2007 through 2012 has been uploaded and is available for review. This website will grow and evolve with AAJ as we continue to backfill past project data and move forward with each new year of the Justice Facilities Review awards program.)

Access the database now.

Research Summaries

The subcommittee identified the development and dissemination of summaries of existing research on justice facilities as a top priority. This is viewed as more cost-effective than commissioning and conducting original research projects. The AIA/AAJ Research Committee continues to work on fundraising for future summaries. Please contact aaj@aia.org to learn more about this program.

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In this project, we work with a partner to identify relevant research projects in corrections/detention, law enforcement and courthouse design. Our partner then summarizes the methods, findings and design implications of each research project in a user-friendly format for architects to use. The summaries are located in one central library and are concise, allowing those to be read in a short time. We hope you are able to apply the knowledge presented to your future projects.

New summaries available! The AAJ Research Subcommittee identified the development and dissemination of summaries of existing research on justice facilities as a top priority. This is viewed as more cost-effective than commissioning and conducting original research projects. This cycle, we worked with Caren Martin and Denise Guerin of Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC, to identify ten relevant research projects in corrections/detention, law enforcement, and courthouse design. M&G then summarized the methods, findings and design implications of each research project in a user-friendly format for architects to use. The summaries are located in one central library and are concise, allowing those to be read in a short time. We hope you are able to apply the knowledge presented to your future projects.

Recent Partners:
Dr. Debajyoti Pati of Texas Tech University, Department of Design
Caren Martin and Denise Guerin of Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC

Workshop Presentations and Reports

View all past AAJ conference presentations.

AVIT Infrastructure Guidelines for Courts
Design guidelines for architects, AV/IT specialists, judges, court administrators, and others concerned with courthouse and courtroom construction and renovation.
A joint publication of AIA/AAJ and InfoComm

→ The next presentation of this booklet will be at the show GovComm. Physical copies of the booklet will be given to the first 100 attendees to Peter Kiefer’s keynote, please see this link: http://www.govcommshow.org/SpecialEvents.asp

Developing the Evidence for Evidence-Based Design: The Impact of Simulated Nature Views on Stress in a Correctional Setting
Article from the fall 2010 issue of the AAJ Journal
By Jay Farbstein, Melissa Farling, and Richard Wener

Evidence – based Design for Sustainable Justice Facilities: Sonoma County Jail Booking Area Study
Presentation
San Francisco, November 5–8, 2008

Neuroscience and Courthouse Design Workshop: Understanding Cognitive Processes in Courthouse Settings
Workshop Report
Brooklyn, September 29-30, 2007

Neuroscience and Correctional Facility Design Workshop: Understanding Cognitive Processes in Correctional Settings
Workshop Report
New Orleans, October 7-8, 2006

New Resource from AIA: Building Research Information Knowledgebase

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have developed the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal offering free online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of the built environment, from pre-design through occupancy and reuse. View Additional Information.


View AIA Research Resource Center.