On March 12, HMC President and Civic/Justice Practice Leader Beverly Prior, FAIA is presenting “Justice in the Next Epoch” at AIA San Francisco. Beverly will address how we are living in a time of disruptive change—our reality today includes global warming, water and food shortages, and worsening economic disparities. We’re shifting from a time of unrestricted growth to a time of limitations, which demand new behaviors and new solutions. The criminal justice system, much like our health care, education and political systems, is under stress.
In 1981, Jonas Salk, biologist and humanitarian (Salk Institute/polio vaccine), wrote World Population and Human Values: A New Reality, a provocative, recently-rediscovered piece that provides a framework for new meaning and new hope in the new epoch, one that makes sense of the disruption we are currently experiencing.
Beverly’s presentation will be a thought piece that is intended to trigger engagement from attendees as they use the Salk framework as a launching pad for new thinking about the justice system in the context of society, the community, the facility and the individual.
About Beverly J. Prior, FAIA: Beverly Prior is president of HMC Architects, a 300+ person architectural firm specializing in the design of civic/justice, healthcare, higher education and K–12 facilities. In her 30 years of professional practice, Beverly has focused on justice and educational projects. Utilizing the power of collaborative leadership, she has built a renowned architectural practice and engaged stakeholders in creating community-enhancing environments. She has also developed groundbreaking local and national American Institute of Architects (AIA) initiatives, including co-founding the Sustainable Justice Committee of the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice. A key to Beverly’s success is developing solutions that achieve community buy-in, that are fundable and that support the design process. She brings stakeholder goals and concerns to light and facilitates solutions that address those goals and concerns. As a result, innovative and groundbreaking solutions grow out of her leadership.