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My experience at the 2015 AAJ Conference

By Sara H. Qafisheh posted 12-07-2015 04:18 PM


It was such a pleasure and honor to attend the 2015 AAJ conference this year. I met so many talented, though-leading people and learned so much about justice architecture, restorative justice, courthouse design, mental health issues and so much more. It was impressive to see panels of owners, architects, and stakeholders come together and brainstorm solutions. I can not thank the AIA AAJ enough for this opportunity. Take a look at the images below that document my experience in Miami:

A view from the front of the Conrad Miami hotel where the conference was held and we stayed.



The view from our balcony.



Tom Perica giving his opening remarks that was followed by an incredible speech by Judge Steven Leifman.



Stephen Carter presenting his view on prison realignment by showing examples of prisons around the globe.



Tom Vandeveer demonstrating how technology can improve building design and efficiency.



They keynote lunch speaker, Dr. Mary Livers, speaking about correction programs, mental health, and a new vision for justice facilities.



A mid-day break to walk around the financial district of Miami.



We made a quick trip to South Beach - the ocean was so warm!



South Beach culture was so alive.



We stopped by the Wolfsonian museum and we also found Dash in South Beach.



And back to the conference...

Judge Steven Teske passionately talked about Juvenile Justice and his vision for the future and wellbeing of children.



Commissioner Avery Niles also talked about his experiences with children in juvenile facilities.



James McClaren presented his research-driven design for police facilities for millennial officers.



Melissa Farling talking about the future of the justice system and how architecture can shape it.



Kate Diamond sharing her table's contribution for the 3-part visioning event.



We decided to take a late flight out of Miami so we could visit the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) once the conference finished.

Exterior landscaping of the museum.



Tropical Mercury Capsule - Simon Vega.



Sun Splashed - Nari Ward



Goodbye Miami! :)