In the Introduction of Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman’s book, Architecture: From Prehistory to Post Modernity, a powerful statement is made regarding the responsibility of architecture to be transformative.

Read the article (PDF).

“Architecture takes us in, surrounds us, shapes our lives, protects, and sometimes threatens us. It represents who we are and the way we should be seen…Because of its material basis, its cost, its importance in our lives, its high visibility, it captures as no other form the spirit of its times.”

This statement captures not only the relevance, but the intended resilience of the buildings that are asked to transform human behavior. Perhaps this responsibility is a reach too far when required of prisons. If this is the case, the architects attending the recent Academy of Architecture for Justice in Jersey City missed the memo…

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Stephen A. Carter

Executive Vice President

Stephen is personally involved in technical studies in the areas of needs assessment, operational and architectural programming, design review, program management, and policy evaluation, among others. He is often engaged by governmental agencies to develop analytically based studies and build consensus for a variety of project types ranging from courthouses to correctional institutions to law enforcement installations. His comprehensive experience in all sectors of the justice system assists clients in realizing the functional linkages between the various components.