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SOM Directors to Present at 2017 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference

Javier Arizmendi (l.) and Steven Sobel (r.). Photos © Cody Pickens

On Tuesday, October 31st, SOM Design Director Javier Arizmendi and Managing Director Steven Sobel will present at the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two will discuss their work on the San Diego Central Courthouse for the Superior Court of California. Joining Arizmendi and Sobel will be Clifford Ham, Principle Architect for the Judicial Council of California – Administrative Office of the Courts​.

The 2017 AAJ Conference is an opportunity for professionals from multiple disciplines to explore the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in the design of courts, detention and correctional centers, and public safety facilities, toward the goals of humanizing and optimizing those facilities. In recent years, researchers and practitioners have begun to take a systematic approach to investigating the influence of justice architecture on social justice issues. The conference is part of an overall strategy to advance social justice through the continued investigation of justice architecture.

The San Diego Central Courthouse consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 25-story tower in the city’s downtown and is a catalyst for an emerging government district. In the spirit of civic buildings with a strong but accommodating presence, SOM's design integrates a formal repertoire with a language of robust subtractive massing that encloses a secure and welcoming interior. A dedication ceremony in June 2017 marked the opening of the courthouse.

2017 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference
Superior Court of California Lecture

October 31, 2017
9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio

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