San Diego AIA AAJ

AIA AAJ Conference 2019

October 22 - 26, 2019

The US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego , CA
United States

Crossing Borders:  Community-Focused Justice Interventions

We're excited to be part of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice fall meeting centered around the importance of community-focused justice interventions and diversion. With a holistic approach, our justice practice focuses on the entire continuum of care, emphasizing treatment-focused outcomes. Join us at the conference and learn more about our work and expertise by attending our sessions:  

Student Design Charrette  
Tuesday, October 22 | 9-2pm

HDR is pleased to sponsor the lunch plenary session during the design charrette with students from Woodbury University School of Architecture. Our own design director Kate Diamond and Nicholas Caceres, recipient of an emerging professional scholarship from AIA AAJ, will participate in the charrette. We're eager to see what fresh and innovative ideas the students will generate that reflects the responsibility of design to address social equity. 

An Inclusive Process to Delivering an Inclusive Courthouse Design 
Thursday, October 24 | 9:30–10:45 a.m.

The Abbotsford Law Courts Project embodies this shift in the delivery of justice services from a fragmented approach, where justice partners function physically apart from one another, to an inclusive facility where users can find all justice services under one roof including members of judiciary, court administration, sheriffs, prosecution services, probation, a justice access center and legal aid. 


  1. Richard Bolus, HDR Consultant/Partner Emeritus, Consulting Team Lead
  2. Kim Anderson, Assistant Vice-President, Partnerships BC
  3. Tedd Howard, ALC Chief Project Officer

Community Engagement and the Continuum of Care 
Thursday, October 24 | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Alternatives to incarceration and community support mechanisms have a tremendous impact on reducing recidivism. Providing effective treatment options and suitable treatment environments are critical to providing the foundation for behavioral health treatment.


  1. Jim Aalders, Civic Principal, HDR - Moderator
  2. David Pan, Community Initiatives Liaison, Center for Healthcare Services
  3. Steve Carter, Executive Vice President, CGL
  4. Teri DuTemple, Warden, Nanaimo Correctional Facility

Welcome to America – GSA’s Design Excellence Land Ports of Entry 
Thursday, October 24 | 2–3:15 p.m.

Aspiring to “embody the finest contemporary American architectural thought”, the GSA’s Guiding Principles of Federal Architecture and Design Excellence Program have propelled the realization of distinguished US Justice Facilities for more than 50 years.  Over the past 15 years this practice of elevating federal architecture has taken hold at the US Border.  And, over the same period of time, focused attention on the architectural meaning of “Welcome to America” - as it relates to the border is inextricably tied to the main stream political issues of immigration and citizenship.  This panel session will gather leading architects of celebrated US Land Ports of Entry, a Design Excellence Program expert from GSA and an authority from Customs and Border Protection to discuss the virtues and challenges of designing and building architecture for the United States Government at the border.

Moderator – Kate Diamond, Design Director, HDR

A More Effective Criminal Justice System – Franklin County, Ohio 
Friday, October 25 | 2:50–3:50 p.m.

In 2008, the jail incarceration rate in Franklin County, Ohio was 209/100,000 population.  In an effort to reduce the jail population, the County developed a comprehensive plan to reduce admissions, shorten lengths of stay, and reduce recidivism.  By 2017, the County incarceration rate fell to 171/100,000.


  1. David Bostwick, Justice Planner, HDR - Moderator
  2. Major Chad Thompson, Sherrif's Project Manager, Franklin County Ohio

Crossing Borders: Linking our Heritage with the Future
Friday, October 25 | 2:50–3:50 p.m.

The challenges presented in the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, were representative of those faced in numerous older courthouses throughout the United States and elsewhere.

Presenters: John Rickert, Senior Architect, HDR, co-presenting with Moyer & Associates.

In addition to our presenters and moderators, we'd like to highlight the dedication our own Greg Cook has shown over the years through his involvement with AIA AAJ. Greg is the current co-chair for the AAJ Leadership Group and the liaison to the 2019 AIA AAJ conference committee. 

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