Open Forum: Architecture for Justice

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*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program; please continue to register.*

In September 2020, AIA New York’s Board of Directors adopted a position statement to shift the architecture profession’s involvement in the design of detention facilities under the current criminal justice system. Among the action items outlined in the statement was the relaunch of the AIANY Architecture for Justice Committee, “to increase focus on large-scale justice issues." 

We invite all those interested to join the dialogue to help us define what issues our newly envisioned Architecture for Justice Committee should prioritize. The event will include a kick-off presentation and audience breakout groups to collect member vision and aspiration for how they and the organization can engage issues going forward.

Introduction (10 min)
Background and Orientation (30 min)
Breakout discussions (30 min)
Recap and Closing Remarks (20 min)

In advance members might think about the following questions:  How can a committee focused on programming and advocacy help mitigate the intrinsic racism found within the American criminal justice system? What are the aspects that define architecture’s role in oppression? How can the committee’s efforts support the creation of new systems, processes, and typologies based on prison reform, alternatives to imprisonment, and restorative justice? 

We strongly encourage our members, regardless of their experience with the criminal justice system, to participate this event to re-envision the committee. If you cannot attend but would be interested in participating when the committee begins meetings, or have ideas to share in advance, or have additional questions about the future of this effort, please email