School design safety resources
The following resources include academic research, as well as articles produced by the Institute.
S.E. Perumean-Chaney and L.M. Sutton, "Students and Perceived School Safety: The Impact of School Security Measures," American Journal of Criminal Justice
P. Cozens and T. Love, "A Review and Current Status of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design" Journal of Planning Literature
A. Hankin, MD MPH, M. Hertz, MS, and T. Simon, Ph.D., "Impacts of Metal Detector Use in Schools: Insights From 15 Years of Research," Journal of School Health
B. Gastic, "Metal Detectors and Feeling Safe at School," Education and Urban Society
C.L. Jonson, "Preventing School Shootings: The Effectiveness of Safety Measures," Victims & Offenders
Recent articles from the AIA
How Architecture and Design Can Hinder Active Shooters, By Mimi Kirk
The Need to Lead in School Design, By Steve Cimino
Jay Brotman Testimony Before White House Cabinet Secretaries on School Design
Make schools safer with these three design elements
Where we stand: School design and student safety
Protecting the health, safety and welfare of building occupants is fundamental to what architects do. Over the course of almost two decades, architects have worked with school communities across the country in response to repeated acts of deadly violence targeting students and educators.
Architects prioritize design as a school security solution
How well can anyone plan for the chaos and violence of a school shooting? Architects are positioning themselves as experts in the national conversation.
A guide to engaging with civic leaders
This toolkit will teach you to position yourself as a trusted advisor, and as a result, demonstrate the value architects bring to their community.
The Design of Safe, Secure & Welcoming Learning Environments
Participants in three different working groups convened to develop recommendations for school design.