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2010 Justice Facility Review: Project Profiles Part 1 of 3

All architects or firms who specialize in the practice of justice architecture or plan to expand their portfolios to include this building type will find the AIA Justice Facility Review (JFR) to be of particular value. The JFR is the annual publication of the American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ). The 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. It is an excellent source book for our profession.

The JFR Awards Program offers examples of a broad range of proven design strategies and latest trends in the design and construction of justice facilities in North America. The JFR jury chooses projects for publication that demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

Order print copies of the JFR10 from our print-on-demand company, Lulu. They can be ordered for $19.50 at Type “JFR2010” in the Lulu search box to locate the JFR publication. Download a free PDF copy of the JFR10 on the AIA website. Learn more about the Justice Facilities Review program and view the archive.

JFR winning projects are featured throughout the year in the AAJ Journal and compiled into a print and digital publication each fall. Projects boards are displayed at the AIA National Convention and Exposition and at allied conferences including American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, and the National Association of Court Management. 

Awards are presented during the JFR Awards Banquet associated with the annual Academy for Architecture for Justice Conference. The call for project submissions is typically issued at the start of each year with submissions due in April of the same year.

The JFR Jury is comprised of three pairs of specialists in each facility category. Each jury pair includes a practicing architect and a leading client or facility administrator. The 2010 JFR Jury included:



Michael B. Ross, AIA
RossDrulisCusenbery, Architecture, Inc., Sonoma, CA

Court Facilities

Paul J. Burke
Trial Court of Massachusetts, Boston MA

Clifford Ham
Office of Court Construction and Management, Judicial Council of California, San Francisco CA

Corrections/Detention Facilities

April Pottorff, AIA
RicciGreene Associates, Lexington, KY

Mitch Lucas
Chief Deputy/Jail Administrator, Charleston County Sheriff's Office - Charleston, SC

Law Enforcement Facilities

Julie Snow, FAIA
Julie Snow Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Chief Merl Hamilton
Concord Police Department, Concord, NC


[Correctional and Detention Facilities]

Baltimore Youth Detention Center (Merit)

The Youth Detention Facility (YDC) is the first phase of a broad master plan for the State of Maryland’s - Baltimore Correctional Campus, located in highly visible, urban context within downtown Baltimore. The YDC will be physically linked to the future Women’s Detention Facility. The YDC is a multi-story facility, with seven housing pods operating on a direct-supervision model. The housing configuration will house all juvenile populations (pre-trial and sentenced, male and female) in units of varying classification levels. Read More.


Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility (Merit)

The 289,000 square foot facility has a capacity of 781 beds (588 male, 145 female and 48 swing). The direct supervision facility utilizes 64 bed, double-celled general housing units and 48 bed, minimum security dormitories and includes 108 special needs (mental health) beds and 56 special management beds. Read More.


[Court Facilities]

Calaveras Courthouse (Merit)

This new courthouse for Calaveras County is located on an undeveloped rural site with the base of the building reflecting the natural surroundings. Mitigating the extreme grade changes, free flowing, but weighted and grounded in its materiality, it becomes the wellspring from which the upper floors emanate. Read More.


Lake County Judicial Center Expansion

The new Justice Center for Tavares, Florida serves as the keystone for a complex of buildings and open spaces for a four-block County government campus. By reorienting the existing judicial building, the new courts facility formally addresses Main Street with a public plaza providing a formal setting and space for procession. Read More.


Nunavut Justice Centre

In 1999, Canada’s map changed and “Nunavut” an Inuktitut word meaning "our land" emerged. This created Canada's first and only single level court and replaced the Territorial Court and the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. The design of the new Justice Centre draws inspiration from Inuit carvings, artwork, the broad sweeping vistas and the stark beauty of the low arctic tundra landscape. Read More.


[Law Enforcement Facilities]

Adams County Public Safety Training Center (Merit)

The facility will be used by numerous Colorado Front Range public safety agencies, so each programmatic function is designed with flexible day-use facilities like offices, classrooms and storage spaces to accommodate provisional user groups. Read More.


Gwinnett County Police Headquarters Annex Building

Modern emergency communication and operations center planning and design requires careful integration of site influences, advanced technology for telecommunication and data systems, security planning and the provision of dedicated technologically and sophisticated but tranquil user spaces. Read More.


[Multiple-Use Facilities]

Blue Earth County Justice Center

Blue Earth County, MN determined that despite a limited budget, their new Justice Center should be a model for sustainable design in the region. While to date no LEED certified detention center had been built in the state of Minnesota, the client asked the design team to develop strategies to achieve LEED certification. Read More.


Bryan Justice Center (Merit)

The Bryan Justice Center is part of a City of Bryan master plan intended to help revitalize the downtown area by using the precepts of ‘New Urbanism’, which have been codified and adopted by the City. Read More.


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