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AIA/JFR Justice Facilities Review Awards Program

The Justice Facilities Review (JFR) by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice documents best practices in planning and design for Justice Architecture including functionality, security and safety, technology, accessibility, community impact, sustainability and economic feasibility (first cost and long-term cost of ownership), longevity (lifecycle performance and operation), as well as aesthetic achievements are essential elements for identifying the success of these projects. Your submission should provide sufficient information to help the jurors understand the unique aspects of the project and the role that the architect and the team played in the development of the solution.




    • Open to all AIA Members, non-members, professionals, academic institutions, and small practitioners based in the United States or Internationally.

    • Projects submitted by jury members or by the organizations they represent, and projects that included jury members on their team, will be disqualified.

    • All entries must receive permissions from owners and other team members and acknowledge that permission as part of the submission

2015 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back in the fall of 2015 for information on the 2016 program.

Below is the list of submission entry fees. All entry fees are non-refundable:

First Project: $700.00 for each entry
Additional Project(s)
: $650.00 for each entry
Small Firm Project:
$400.00 for each entry

2015 Jury


Peter Berton, AIA (Chair)
VG Architects
Toronto, Ontario

Joel Davidson, AIA
New York City

Melissa Farling, FAIA
HDR Inc.

Shakeba Johnson, Esq.
National Association for Court Management
Greenwood, Mississippi

Andrea Leers, FAIA
Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

Mitch Lucas
Charleston Sheriff’s Department
North Charleston, South Carolina

Chief Jimmy Perdue
North Richland Hills Police Department
North Richland Hills, Texas

Submission Preview

Carefully review the 2015 Submission Preview before submitting your payment. You can go back and edit your submission until the deadline.

Submission Criteria

Submission material shall maintain anonymity; your firm information will not be visible to the jury members. Any firm identification on photos, drawings, diagrams or other information is cause for disqualification. However, information identifying the project location and submission title is acceptable and encouraged because it helps orient the jurors.

    • Project data will be entered into required fields. Omission of relevant data with no explanation may lead to an entry's disqualification.

    • Projects must be completed through 100% Design Development phase.

    • For the Planning and Research category, submissions should include the maximum 1,000 word narrative. Graphic materials should be provided according to the guidelines noted below. Master plans and research should be completed and/or “published”.

    • Projects can be submitted as an unbuilt project based on the criteria noted above. This category includes projects for design competitions (including Public-Private-Partnership submittals) as long as the level of development of the proposal meets the requirements stated herein. The submission requirements are the same as the built project, with presentation graphics, models and renderings used in lieu of photographs.

    • A project can be re-submitted as a built project once it is constructed.

    • All items to be uploaded, must be one PDF file smaller than 10 MB. Renderings may be substituted for required photographs if the project is incomplete. Submissions should include the following:

    • Photographs:

    o Exterior: 1) Single Building Project. Submit a minimum of three images/photographs that together show all principal sides of the building. 2) Multiple Building Project. Submit sufficient images/photographs to show the principal buildings.

    o Interior: Submit a minimum of three images/photographs

    • Drawings and Diagrams:

    o Site and floor plans may be combined where appropriate; please identify. Working drawings are not acceptable. Show all scales graphically . Please submit the following drawings and/or diagrams that clearly show the design solution:

      1. Floor Plans

      2. Site Plans

      3. Elevations

      4. Sections

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?
You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact for assistance.

Begin Your Submission

The deadline for the 2015 program has passed. Information for the 2016 program will be posted in the fall of 2015.

Questions may be directed to


Award 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 conferences of allied organizations including American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, and the National Association of Court Management.

JFR Archive

2014 Recipients

2013 Publication

2012 Publication

The Justice Facilities Review is published each fall. Contact with any questions regarding the publication or for publications for years prior to the past five.

The links above will allow you to download the publication PDF.


Elizabeth Wolverton
Manager, AIA Honors & Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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