Tuesday / August 25, 2020 / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Applying Trauma-Informed Design Concepts in Correctional Facilities


  Davidson County (Nashville, TN) Criminal Justice Center’s Mental Health Diversion Unit, designed by HOK.

The mission of a social justice healing environment is to return those citizens who have been incarcerated back into the community better than when they entered the correctional facility. The recognition that trauma is major factor impacting the incarcerated population in the United States has moved architects to consider the connection between our physiological and emotional states and the physical environment when designing correctional facilities. The principles of trauma-informed design include reducing and eliminating negative stimuli and environmental stresses; actively engaging individuals in a dynamic, multisensory environment; promoting self-reliance, providing a meaningful connection to nature; and supporting the development of an individual’s personal identity. Our panel includes architects and medical professionals that are leading the effort to create trauma-responsive facilities with the goal of reducing recidivism and improving the lives of those in our community who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. 

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  • Paul Alt, AIA NCARB

    Paul Alt is an architect and founder of Alt Architecture + Research Associates LLC (AA+RA) in Chicago, Illinois. The primary mission of AA+RA is to collaborate with stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams in the creation of environments as a tool for healing, well-being, experiential education, and community building programming. Since 1994, AA+RA has worked with traumatized K-12th students in Chicago, Benton Harbor, Michigan and the South Bronx, New York. In 2007, AA+RA was invited to Bethesda Naval Military Medical Center to participate in a think tank called the Epidaurus Project in 2007. The think tank consisted of behavioral health researchers and clinicians addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Moral Injury (MI) and Major Depression (MD).

  • Sheila Atkins, MBA

    Sheila V. Atkins is a Project Director for the Cook County Department of Capital Planning & Bureau of Asset Management, responsible for the Public Safety Portfolio, which includes the Department of Corrections and Circuit/Branch Courts. Her clients include the Cook County Sheriff, Public Defenders Office, States Attorney; County Clerk and the Office of the Chief Judge. Prior to joining Cook County, served as Public Works Director for both Oak Park and Maywood, Illinois.

  • Jake Davis, AIA

    Jake Davis is the Public Safety Design Leader for DLR Group in Chicago. Jake has devoted a significant portion of his career dedicated to the programming and design of law enforcement and other secure facilities and is a recognized expert for the design of public safety facilities across the United States. He has participated in all phases of the development, construction, and operations of numerous public safety and justice facilities. He has led major renovations of existing industrial buildings into modern police headquarters, focusing on officer and employee wellness. Jake’s designs subscribe to an ethos of behavioral, environmental, and social betterment, resulting in healing, equity, and transformation for the individual and community.

  • Jeff Goodale, AIA

    Jeff Goodale is the director of justice design and consulting at HOK, a global architecture, engineering and planning firm established in 1955.  Mr. Goodale is located in HOK’s Chicago office, and has focused on the justice market in this region for over 35 years.   The HOK justice program specializes in detention, corrections, courts, law enforcement and medical and mental health components of all of those facility types.  He has been personally involved in the design and construction of new replacement facilities in Indianapolis, Detroit, Nashville and various other locations, and a new mental health hospital for the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

  • Dr. Kenya Key

    Kenya Key, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field.  She is currently the Deputy Director of Health Services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, the juvenile justice agency for the District of Columbia. Previously, she served as the Chief Psychologist at Cermak Health Services, the healthcare providers at the Cook County Jail, overseeing the comprehensive continuum of mental health care for the male and female detainees, and worked as a staff psychologist at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. 


  • Gregory Cook, AIA CCHP

    Gregory Cook is a Principal in HDR’s Chicago office and the 2020 Chair of the Academy of Architecture for Justice Leadership Group. A recognized thought leader in justice facility planning and design, Greg has written and spoken extensively on restorative design concepts that positively influence the human experience.


  • Eric Davis, AIA

    Eric Davis is the Deputy Director of the Cook County Department of Capital Planning and Policy. One of his primary roles is oversight of the County’s public safety (courts, and corrections) portfolio, approximately 11m sf. Prior to joining the County, Eric has worked as senior architect in Chicago at multiple large private architectural and engineering firms, working almost exclusively for public agency clients, and has also served in appointed, staff, and elected roles with the Chicago Park District, the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals, the Oak Park Housing Authority, and Oak Park Township.

  • Fred Moyer, FAIA

    Fred Moyer is the Justice Facilities Planning, Programming and Design Leader for Moyer Associates Inc. in Chicago. Fred has dedicated the last 50 years of his professional career in the development and application of standards for law enforcement, courts, juvenile and adult corrections programs and facilities. This work began during his tenure as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois, with a research contract to develop Planning and Design Guidelines for the U.S. Department of Justice. Following their adoption by the Justice Department as the criteria for federal funding, Fred’s team continued a program of research and national technical assistance in over 3,000 projects as the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture. Fred’s focus is worldwide today, with work for the United Nations and Moyer Associates Inc. domestic and international projects.

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AIA Chicago Justice KC

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1.5 LU/HSW (pending)

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