Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community Tribal Justice Center Recognized with Highest Honor at the 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture Justice Facilities Review

PHOENIX, AZ – November 2019 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce that the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Justice Center was awarded a Citation for the 2019 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Facilities (AIA AAJ) Review. Its seventh notable award, the Justice Center has consistently been recognized for its mediation of tradition and modernity, rural and urban, tribal and western justice. A tribal court and practitioners’ building located on sovereign tribal land, the Justice Center was designed to uphold the tribe’s unique sense of identity, beauty and humility in what has historically been a complicated cultural landscape. The Justice Center is not only a court of law, it’s a community resource that promotes well-being and civic duty.

World renowned architectural photographer Hélène Binet found a subject in the Justice Center (images above), capturing its spatial and contextual dimensions on black and white film.  The shadows and depth implicit in the photographs reflect the center’s architectural intent with respect to the landscape in which it stands.

Reflecting on the role of the Justice Center in tribal life, SRPMIC Senior Manager of Construction Daniel Angulo aptly noted:

“A certain formality is needed to respond to the small community where everyone knows everyone else. The Justice Center provides a unique but familiar place in the desert suitable for privacy, flexibility and retreat.”

The AIA AAJ Facilities award is focused on design strategies that thoughtfully depict the latest trends in construction of justice facilities in the United States, including sustainable justice principles. The awarded projects demonstrate quality of form, functionality and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

The AIA AAJ Jury commented that the SRPMIC Justice Center is “a timeless building with incredible attention to craft and execution, with the use of materials that are important to climate and sustainability.”

Melissa Farling, FAIA, principal at Gould Evans and former chair of the AAJ leadership group, accepted the award at the AIA/AAJ Fall Conference in San Diego last month. The jury for the 2019 AIA AAJ Justice Facility Citation Award was Frank J. Green, FAIA (Chair), RicciGreene Associates; Tedd Howard, Tedd Howard Strategic Project Leaders; Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design; Barbara Marcille, Multnomah County Circuit Court; Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Mark Cavagnero Associate Architects; Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Bradenton Police Department and Elizabeth McDonald, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group. For interested parties, a full list of 2019 winning projects can be viewed here.

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Gould Evans architectural staff are available to discuss how the SRPMIC Justice Center represents the tribe’s approach to the judiciary system on tribal land. Images from Hélène Binet are also available upon request. For more details and information about the SRPMIC Justice Center, visit the Gould Evans website.

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About Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Center (SRPMIC) is a sovereign tribe located in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Established by Executive Order on June 14, 1879, the Community operates as a full-service government and oversees departments, programs, projects and facilities. The Community is located in Maricopa County and is bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills. The Community encompasses 52,600 acres, with 19,000 held as a natural preserve.