Call for Proposals: Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment | November 14-16, 2018 | Hyatt Regency – Jersey City, NJ

Enlightened Justice: Advancing Treatment

November 14-16, 2018 | Hyatt Regency – Jersey City, NJ

Call for Proposals

Deadline to submit: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time
Thank you for responding to the AAJ 2018 Call for Proposals.  We are thrilled that you are interested in sharing your expertise with other members. This document aims to answer the most frequently asked questions about the Call for Proposals process. Please take a minute to review it before you submit your final proposals.

Basic information

Who should submit the proposal?
The person submitting the proposal will act as the session organizer. They will serve as the primary contact with AIA staff. The organizer may be the primary speaker, a logistical contact for the primary presenter or a planning committee volunteer. The organizer will be responsible for following the submission guidelines and meeting deadlines for preparation and delivery. The organizer will be responsible for communicating with their entire speaker panel.  

Conference theme
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, it is estimated more than 2 million arrests in the US involve people with serious mental illnesses.  The National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges an important and intersecting area of criminal justice and health policy is how to better handle a person with a mental illness who becomes involved in the criminal justice system. People who are experiencing a mental health crisis are more likely to encounter police than get medical help, again, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  As a result, 64% of jail inmates have a mental health problem, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Agencies and officials at many stages of the criminal justice system face the challenge of responding effectively to these needs. State legislatures are interested in how policies can achieve better results for individuals and both systems.

The 2018 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference will provide a venue for us to rethink and reassess.  We will carry on and integrate what we have been exploring at our national conferences the past several years up to this conference focusing on collaborative inter- and transdisciplinary design.  Just as we want our politicians to cross the aisle and work together, we need to tear down silos and partner with our fellow knowledge communities, such as the Academy of Architecture for Health and other allies, for their expertise.  Together, we can disrupt and redefine how we as architects, owners and affiliates address our mental health crisis with our justice facilities.

The theme for the 2018 conference builds on previous conference themes (social justice, challenging the status quo, transdisciplinary justice) and focuses on the mental health crisis in the justice system.   The conference will continue to highlight traditional justice building types (corrections/detention, courts and law enforcement), but we highly encourage presenters to focus on innovative solutions / concepts that address the mental health crisis through a lens of community engagement, treatment, and operations that transcends building type. Collaborating with other AIA Knowledge Communities such as the Academy of Architecture for Healthcare (AAH) is encouraged. Additionally, collaborating with other subject matter experts including but not limited to policymakers, healthcare practitioners and community advocates is encouraged.

Discounts and travel
The AIA will offer a reduced registration fee for all presenters. Please note: No reimbursement is available for travel or lodging costs.

02/15/18              – Call for Proposals Released
05/01/18              – Due Date
05/17/18              – Proposal Decision Communicated

Submission and Review Process

Proposals will be assessed by a group of peer reviewers comprised of subject matter experts in the justice architecture industry and evaluated according to the criteria below.

  • Proposals are rated, ranked and selected based on the following criteria:
    • Topic discussed is an objective best practice
    • Relevance of the content to the conference theme
    • Solutions that are innovative and/or an emerging practice trend

Title: The title should be a short, benefits-oriented statement of no more than eight words. The AIA reserves the right to edit and adjust the title to meet AIA/CES requirements. Once a proposal is accepted, session titles may not be changed except by the AIA.

Session summary:  This is essentially an elevator pitch. Speaking directly to the prospective attendees, briefly state what the session is about; what they will gain by attending; what new information or emerging trends will be addressed. Provide a snapshot of your session from the beginning to the end, if possible.

Learner outcomes
In this section, we are looking for measurable results that will come from your presentation ‐‐ what the learner (attendee, participant, etc.) will be able to do after attending your presentation. Please list four (4) measurable outcomes; proposals will not be considered without valid Learner Outcomes.

Learner Outcomes are best expressed by using active verbs such as: identify, discover, practice, describe, chart, define, list, etc. For example: “By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify key skills needed to influence change”.

Delivery style: To deliver engaging and interactive learning, AIA will give preference to proposals that promote audience participation and engagement over lecture‐style and/or one‐way panel presentations. Examples of such formats include:

  • Panel Discussion: Group of experts discussing emerging trends or innovative topics; engaging the audience in peer-to-peer discussion. *Incorporating AIA emerging professionals in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Case Study: A single or short shortlist of projects presented with facts, problems, and data with questions to generate discussion and solutions. * Incorporating Project architects, owners, users, and/or subject matter experts in panel discussions is preferred.
  • Workshop: An AAJ committee may request a space/time for a working session.
  • Plenary / Keynote (internal use only)
  • Tour (internal use only)

Speaker leads: Demonstrate to the peer reviewers that you have identified who has the expertise necessary to present the content you have outlined. Due to the complexity of most topics presented, the peer reviewers expect many viewpoints to be represented.  We would like to get a sense of who are you engaging to join your panel. We encourage you to include names where known and roles for all. Identify qualifications and expertise of each presenter.

Editing your submission
Please note, if you wish to begin completing the form and plan to edit your answers later, you will receive an “edit link” in a confirmation email after you press [Submit]. If you wish to add a required item in later, you will still have to enter some text (such as "edit later") into the field to submit. We will not check final submissions until after the due date.

We also highly recommend writing your answers out in a text or Word document and pasting them into the form in case there are any errors with submission.


All submitters will receive an automated email confirmation of their submission was received. If you do not receive an email confirmation, contact Bruce Bland at or 202-626-7557.

Get started now! 

Deadline to submit: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time