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Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office; Austin, TX; SmithGroup with Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

The Justice Facilities Review (JFR) documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture. Essential elements for identifying the success of these projects are:

  • functionality
  • security and safety
  • technology and accessibility
  • community impact
  • sustainability and economic feasibility (first cost and long-term cost of ownership)
  • longevity (lifecycle performance and operation)
  • aesthetic achievements

The Justice Facilities Review awards program is administered by the Academy of Architecture for Justice, an AIA Knowledge Community.

Citations will be given to projects that meet all seven essential characteristics of justice facility design outlined above.

Published projects represent exemplary or emerging practices in the justice sector and will be included in the Review.

The jury has the discretion to waive the citation award requirement to meet all seven characteristics if they deem the project is exceptional in meeting the needs of all users or provides an exemplary solution to an atypical design challenge. The number of citations and published projects will be at the sole discretion of the jury.

National recognition and publication

This program offers AIA members, architects, designers, and justice planners an opportunity to be nationally recognized. Recipient projects reach an audience of court managers, law enforcement officials, sheriffs, public officials, facilities managers, and other client groups through online and in-person programs.

The recipients are first announced to the 1,700 members of the Academy of Architecture for Justice, closely followed by a feature in AIA Architect sent to all 80,000+ members of the American Institute of Architects. Recipients are also featured in AAJ and AIA social media.

Each project is showcased with selected imagery and narratives on along with all AIA Honors and Awards. Firm-designed gallery boards may be displayed at various conferences, such as the National Association of Court Management conferences, and AAJ fall conference.

Clients and architects accept their award certificate on stage at the JFR celebration at the 2019 AAJ fall conference.

Limited information on the citation and published projects may be included in the Justice Facilities Review Database after five years have elapsed.

Projects may also be featured in a number of publications, presentations, and conferences, or included in other AAJ-sponsored media presentations. Likewise, recipients may be invited to present their work at AAJ and partner conferences.

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winquist photography