2022 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall Conference

Starts:  Oct 9, 2022 09:00 AM (CT)
Ends:  Oct 12, 2022 05:00 PM (CT)

2022 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Fall Conference

Hotel Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, 700 San Jacinto, E 8th St, Austin, TX 78701
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The AAJ’s goal is to promote excellence in the design of justice facilities that operate efficiently, safely, and securely. The theme of the 2022 conference builds on our previous conference momentum to focus on how the injustices that occur within the criminal justice system are not just impacted by one facility or building, but are influenced by community, policy, transportation, and architecture among many other factors. The conference will gather experts working in the field of education, justice, healthcare, and housing to ideate on the intersection of these building types and their influence on the criminal justice system, as well as how our environments can influence our journeys through a community. 

This conference takes a broader look outside of the criminal justice system and the buildings that support it. If we look towards our communities and begin to understand how people become involved in the criminal justice system, we realize that it’s not about one system or one building type, but how our society functions. What can we learn from the impact of other building types on the criminal justice system? How do these buildings support successful re-entry of the formerly incarcerated into communities? This exploration may help us facilitate conversations about a new type of community asset that provides an opportunity for improved outcomes and lower recidivism rates.

We will continue to share strategies for providing healthy, safe, restorative, and dignified environments for those engaged in the criminal justice system and discuss strategies for providing community support and services to better serve individuals re-entering their communities. The 2022 conference presents an opportunity to learn from other professionals working in intersectional disciplines and collaborate to refocus on how we can leverage our experiences to inform a more sustainable, equitable tomorrow.

We are extremely excited to see you in Austin this October! The 2022 conference is our first chance to gather in over two years. The conference schedule will consist of a combination of presentations and facilitated workshops. This interactive approach is intended to foster networking, incite thoughtful discussion amongst our membership and other knowledge communities, and to provide actionable outcomes the membership can advocate for and progress in their own communities.

Overview schedule:
Sunday, October 9, 2022
12-5                     Exhibit set up
2-2:45                 AAJ Committee Meetings
3-3:45                 AAJ Business Meeting
4 - 5 pm              Keynote
5 -7 pm               Social Event
Monday, October 10, 2022
8 - 9 am              Keynote
9:15 - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
10:45 - 11:45 am Facilitated Discussion
12 - 1:45 pm        Vendor Showcase
1:45 - 3:00 pm   Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:15 pm     Facilitated Discussion
4:30-5:30 pm    Walking Tour
6:00-7:00 pm    NextGen Social Event
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
8 - 9 am              Keynote
9:15 - 10:30 am  Concurrent Sessions
10:45 - 11:45 am Facilitated Discussion
1:30 - 4 pm         Tour
6:00 - 7:30         Social Event
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
8 - 9 am              Keynote
9:30 - 11:30 am Workshop/ Breakout
11:30 - Noon      Wrap-Up and Conference Closing

Sponsorship Opportunities
Three sponsorship levels are available to promote your brand and showcase new products to AAJ members even before you set up your exhibit at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. To sign up, or if you have any questions, please contact Bruce Bland, (202)-626-7557.


Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
700 San Jacinto, E 8th St,
Austin, TX 78701
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