Salt River Pima, Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center

Architect: Gould Evans

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Awarded a citation

The justice center is uniquely designed for an urban tribe bridging tradition, modern expectations, and proximity to rapid urbanization. A certain formality is needed to respond to the small community where everyone knows everyone else. The justice center provides a unique but familiar place in the desert suitable for privacy, flexibility and retreat.  

"Timeless building with incredible attention to craft and execution of the building with the use of materials that are import to climate and sustainability." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Engineer - MEP: Henderson Engineers

Engineer - Structural: PK Associates

Engineer - Civil: Wood Patel & Associates

Landscape Architect: GBtwo Landscape Architecture

Consultant, Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover Inc.

Consultant, Envelope and Energy: Oculus Solar Design

General Contractor: Au’ Authum Ki - Kitchell, LLC


Frank J. Greene, FAIA (Chair), RicciGreene Associates, New York, NY

Tedd Howard, Tedd Howard Strategic Project Leaders, British Columbia, Canada

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Marcille, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, OR

Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, San Francisco, CA

Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Bradenton Police Department, Bradenton, FL

Elizabeth McDonald, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group, Brooklyn, NY

Image credits


Winquist Photography


Winquist Photography


Winquist Photography


Hélène Binet


Hélène Binet