Senior Associate Marayca López, Ph.D. has been chosen by the American Institute of Architects as Chair of the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 15-18, 2017.
Ms. López's extensive education and background as a criminologist align perfectly with the theme of next year's conference - “Multidisciplinary Justice." Conference attendees will share and discuss relevant theories and evidence-based practices with experts from multiple fields, forging paths for the cultivation of collaborative interdisciplinary criminal justice/architecture coalitions.
Over the last 20 years, research into criminal justice issues has expanded beyond its silo, and is now studied by experts across the social and physical science disciplines. This increased interest in justice operations and policy presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between justice architecture professionals and experts from other disciplines toward the goal of optimizing and humanizing the design of justice facilities. More and more, clients require justice architectural firms expand the expertise of their teams to include specialized consultants in the areas of criminology, sociology, victimology, psychology and psychiatry, to name a few, to offer design solutions grounded in the same “human services” paradigm.
As 2017 Conference Chair, Ms. López will serve an important role in the preparation of the conference in addition to acting as emcee at the conference itself. She will help prepare the thematic statement for the conference, select track chairs, work with AIA staff representatives to set the agenda and schedule for all conference planning team calls, and work with track chairs to develop the call for entries advertisement.