2020 AAJ Fall Conference-Call for Proposals

Starts:  Apr 27, 2020 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Jun 8, 2020 12:00 PM (ET)

2020 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference Call for Proposals

Resilient Justice: Design for Purpose, Power, and Potential
October 27-30|Virtual Focus- Detroit, MI

Deadline to Submit: Monday, June 8th at Noon Eastern Time

Thank you for your notice to the AAJ 2020 Call for Proposals.  We are thrilled that you are interested in sharing your expertise with other members and allied professionals. The following aims to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Call for Proposals process. Please take a minute to review it before you submit your final proposals.


Who Should Submit Proposal?
The person submitting the proposal will act as the session organizer. They will serve as the primary contact with AIA staff. The organizer may be the primary speaker, a logistical contact for the primary presenter or a planning committee volunteer. The organizer will be responsible for following the submission guidelines and meeting deadlines for preparation and delivery. The organizer will be responsible for communicating with their entire speaker panel. 


Conference Theme
The virtual conference discussions 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.

Strategies of sustainability and restorative justice are similar as the imperative for change to the existing methodologies is essential to create facilities, buildings, and systems that will be maintainable and functional for the future of the agencies they serve. The way staff, public, incarcerated, or visitors are treated, how buildings operate efficiently and cleanly, and/or the operations are able to adapt to the new needs of the populations they serve define the success of the justice system.

In 2020, we will virtually convene with a focus on Detroit, a city that is the backdrop of resiliency as a city that has evolved to regenerate a new community that emerged from economic failure to be a new and revitalized city. Following the wake of the social distancing and COVID-19 pandemic, how are facilities adapting measures or systems to create a healthy environment for society.

Three pillars of resiliency will be explored through presentation of Evidence Based Examples:

  1. Restorative Justice/Evidence Based Justice Environments – How does the Justice System use the buildings and operations to create a healthier and safer transformative facility for the users and stakeholders?
  2. Sustainability for Resiliency – How are building operations excelling at efficiency measures to address environmental sustainability and resiliency concerns?
  3. Designing for Change - flexibility and adaptability within our communities – How is the Justice System adapting to the communities and cultures they serve including mental health needs of both staff and occupants and users?

All case studies or panel discussions shall provide evidence and research developed to advance the above topics.

Please join us virtually with a focus on Detroit, a city in the midst of true regeneration, to think forward to a Justice System and environment that is changing to build a resilient future!

Facilitation and technology requirements of the session(s) will be provided by AIA AAJ for all sessions. Companies and/or presenters are not required to have presentation capabilities to submit. 


04/27/2020         – Call for Proposals Released
06/08/2020         – Due Date
06/12/2020         – Proposal Decision Communicated

Submission and Review Process
Proposals will be assessed by a group of peer reviewers comprised of subject matter experts in the justice architecture industry and evaluated according to the criteria below:

  • Topic discussed is an objective best practice
  • Relevance of the content to the conference theme within the three pillars of development –
    • Restorative Evidence Based Justice Environments
    • Sustainability for Resiliency
    • Designing for Change
  • Solutions that are innovative and/or an emerging practice trend

Title: The title should be a short, benefits-oriented statement of no more than eight words. The AIA reserves the right to edit and adjust the title to meet AIA/CES requirements. Once a proposal is accepted, session titles may not be changed except by the AIA.

Session Summary:  This is essentially an elevator pitch. Speaking directly to the prospective attendees, briefly state what the session is about; what they will gain by attending; what new information or emerging trends will be addressed. Provide a snapshot of your session from the beginning to the end, if possible.

Learning Objectives: In this section, we are looking for measurable results that will come from your presentation ‐‐ what the learner (attendee, participant, etc.) will be able to do after attending your presentation. Please list four (4) measurable outcomes; proposals will not be considered without valid Learner Outcomes.

Learner Outcomes are best expressed by using active verbs such as: identify, discover, practice, describe, chart, define, list, etc. For example: “By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify key skills needed to influence change”.

Delivery Style: To deliver engaging and interactive learning, AIA will give preference to proposals that promote audience participation and engagement over lecture‐style and/or one‐way panel presentations. Examples of such formats include:

  • Panel Discussion: Group of experts discussing emerging trends or innovative topics; engaging the audience in peer-to-peer discussion. *Incorporating AIA emerging professionals in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Case Study: A single or short shortlist of projects presented with facts, problems, and data with questions to generate discussion and solutions. * Incorporating Project architects, owners, users, and/or subject matter experts in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Workshop: A seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc
  • Plenary / Keynote
Ideas on innovative strategies and delivery methods for a virtual environment are encouraged!

Speakers Leads: Demonstrate to the peer reviewers that you have identified who has the expertise necessary to present the content you have outlined. Due to the complexity of most topics presented, the peer reviewers expect many viewpoints to be represented.  We would like to get a sense of who are you engaging to join your panel. We encourage you to include names where known and roles for all. Identify qualifications and expertise of each presenter.

Editing Your Submission
Please note, if you wish to begin completing the form and plan to edit your answers later, you will receive an “edit link” in a confirmation email after you press [Submit]. If you wish to add a required item in later, you will still have to enter some text (such as "edit later") into the field to submit. We will not check final submissions until after the due date.

We also highly recommend writing your answers out in a text or Word document and pasting them into the form in case there are any errors with submission.

All submitters will receive an automated email confirmation of their submission was received. If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact Bruce Bland at bbland@aia.org or 202-626-7557.

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