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The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture.

Registration Now Open for 2024 AAJ Fall Conference
Designing for Change:
Architects Transforming the Justice System

  • 1.  Upcoming events

    Posted 08-11-2020 02:30 PM
    Edited by Gregory A. Cook AIA 08-11-2020 02:34 PM

    October 27-30, 2020
    Registration opens soon!
    Plan to join our virtual conference discussions that will identify synergies of Restorative Justice through the entire Justice System defined as Law Enforcement, Judicial, and Detention and Corrections operations and programs. The operations, owners, philosophies, and architectural spaces or facilities strive to unify the three components to provide a safe, healthy, and restorative environment for all people. The parallels of restoration of the justice system parallels many philosophies of the climate initiatives to enact large scale commitment to change and resiliency to create the systems.

    Newly formed AIA Chicago Justice Knowledge Community
    Join us for our inaugural webinar: Applying trauma-informed design concepts in correctional facilities
    When: August 25, 2-3:30pm CT
    Where: Register here
    Price: $0

    The mission of a social justice healing environment is to return those citizens who have been incarcerated back into the community better than when they entered the correctional facility. The recognition that trauma is major factor impacting the incarcerated population in the United States has moved architects to consider the connection between our physiological and emotional states and the physical environment when designing correctional facilities. The principles of trauma-informed design include reducing and eliminating negative stimuli and environmental stresses; actively engaging individuals in a dynamic, multi-sensory environment; promoting self-reliance, providing a meaningful connection to nature; and supporting the development of an individual's personal identity. Our panel includes architects and medical professionals that are leading the effort to create trauma-responsive facilities with the goal of reducing recidivism and improving the lives of those in our community who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. 

    Gregory Cook AIA
    Justice Principal
    Chicago IL