Online Program

Architects and design of solitary confinement

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Raphael Sperry, Soros Justice Fellow, President Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, ADPSR -- Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibiltiy, Soros Justice Fellow, UC Berkeley Institute on Urban and Regional Development & Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, San Francisco, CA
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility has led recent efforts to boycott the design of prisons and to ban the design of spaces intended for executions and prolonged solitary confinement. They propose that the current discussion under way among members of the American Institute of Architects on the ethics of solitary confinement can help to inform debate on the topic at APHA. Their work addresses pressing questions such as: Is “humane” design possible for spaces intended for execution or prolonged solitary confinement -- activities condemned by the international human rights system? What role should professionals – and professional associations – take when asked to participate in the development of spaces intended for such purposes? In the U.S. context of mass incarceration, is the design of new prisons part of the problem or can it be part of the solution? What are the ethical responsibilities of architects in relation to prison and jail administrators, workers, and inmates?

Learning Areas:

Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss and evaluate recent efforts to encourage architects and designers to boycott the design of prisons. Discuss and evaluate recent efforts to ban the design of spaces intended for execution and prolonged solitary confinement.

Keyword(s): Jails and Prisons, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been leading a national discussion amongst a related profession (architects) on the ethical responsibilities of licensed professionals around solitary confinement.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.