Posts Tagged ‘Beverly Prior’
September 18th, 2013
This week HMC President and Civic/Justice Practice Leader Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP is speaking at the AIA AAJ national conference in Portland, OR. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving prevalence of several forms of alternative project delivery as those processes have been applied to the justice building environments. Each version of these various methods has much to recommend it, but each also inevitably entails certain challenges with the justice environments adding another level of complexity given the paramount issues of security and safety. The conference will explore those benefits and challenges.
The two sessions Beverly Prior will be presenting on include:
Design Excellence through Design-Build (and Other Integrated Project Deliveries)
Can your design-build team achieve design excellence in a design-build project? What is design excellence in a civic building, correctional facility, a Federal Courthouse? Beverly and other industry experts will discuss the meaning of design excellence and best practices in achieving the mark. The other speakers include Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA; Rick del Monte, AIA; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA and Kay Compton, AIA.
Sustainable Justice Principles in Practice Part II: A Systems Approach
Sustainable justice principles serve justice facilities and the communities within which they reside, as well as broader justice system goals at municipal, state and federal levels. Through a series of interviews Beverly and other panelists will investigate current developments from the perspective of a systems approach to guide facility owners and operators, and practitioners in their decision-making. The other speakers include Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Elizabeth Minnis, AIA; Wendy Still; Jeanne Woodford; Richard W. Velde and Larry Hartman, AIA.
Beverly Prior is also part of the AAJ Sustainable Justice Committee, which organized the conference’s Saturday Workshop, Sustainable Justice Workshop 2013: Partnering with Research and Technology. The workshop will explore the advancement and application of Green Guide to Justice (GGJ) sustainable principles for justice and how these objectives can partner with the advancement of research in understanding how humans respond to the built environment.
September 18th, 2013
The October issue of PSMJ’s Project Management newsletter focuses on team management and innovation and features an interview with HMC President Beverly Prior, “Creating a winning culture.” In the article, Beverly answers the following questions:
— What makes HMC Architects unique?
— How does the fact that HMC is 100% employee-owned affect productivity and morale?
— What is your best advice for firm leaders seeking long-term success and sustainable growth?
— What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the architecture industry?
— How do you decompress when you aren’t running a busy and successful firm?
Here is what Beverly had to say about seeking long-term success and sustainable growth:
“HMC Architects’ design work and process is driven by a series of very simple guiding principles, including listening to learn, being adaptable and nimble, driving innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as respect for and the development of our staff—these principles directly contribute to HMC’s success.
Here are some key points to help guide other firms toward long-term success:
- It’s critical to stay connected to the profession—identifying issues and thinking together with colleagues helps build awareness.
- It’s critical to listen to your staff.
- It’s critical to listen to your clients.
- It’s critical to invest in and develop your people and your technology.
- It’s critical to foster a culture of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
August 26th, 2013
Frances Anderton recently interviewed HMC President Beverly Prior on the NPR program DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW (NPR from Santa Monica College) about designing prisons. The topic of discussion was, “Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?”
Beverly, along with architect Raphael Sperry and architect/author Joe Day, talked about California state prisons and the call for an end to indefinite solitary confinement in Security Housing Units, known as SHUs. During the program, Raphael Sperry discussed his challenge to fellow architects to ban the design of SHUs. Beverly Prior responded, reflecting on her career designing for various types of incarceration from jails to juvenile and adult detention facilities at the county level. And Joe Day commented on how he sees societal values mirrored in the growth of both American prisons and museums.
Listen to what all three speakers had to say—or if you feel like skipping ahead to Beverly’s commentary, her interview begins at 5:12 and goes through 17:46
June 10th, 2013
By Brian Staton, CEO of HMC Architects
On behalf of HMC, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, to president of the firm! Beverly and I will operate in a dual leadership structure. She will be responsible for the growth, strategy and development of the core practices at HMC, and I will continue to be responsible for the business operations and management of the firm.
With more than 30 years of experience, Beverly is a proven collaborative leader and has built a solid reputation in partnering with clients in the strategic planning and design of educational, civic and justice facilities. She brings to the position leadership experience that is rooted in developing a unified vision, team building and driving toward excellence. In 1986, Beverly founded Beverly Prior Architects, a nationally renowned architectural firm. She served as president of Beverly Prior Architects for 25 years until 2011 when the firm merged with HMC. Since joining HMC, she has been a visible leader within the firm, serving as the civic/justice practice leader and chair of the firm’s Practice Forum, which oversees our four core practices of civic/justice, healthcare, higher education and K–12 across nine offices. We are very excited to have Beverly on board as president.
March 7th, 2013
Beverly Prior presented “Correctional Facilities Connecting with the Community” at the 2013 ACA Winter Conference in Houston. During her presentation, she reviewed the Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide. The SJ Ratings Guide broadens assessment beyond the facility scale to sustainability at the societal, community, and human scales.
Beverly, along with HMC’s Julia Hughes and the AIA Sustainable Justice Committee, continue the development of the Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide a custom methodology or scoring system to specifically evaluate justice facilities within the context of sustainable principles that uniquely expands the definition of leadership for sustainable environments, communities, and society at-large.
The Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide has a 2030 planning horizon for the long term impacts of sustainable justice. The Ratings Guide does not compete with USGBC LEED criteria, rather it augments sustainable building design and construction criteria and focuses on the whole system from societal impacts to the engagement of the individual. The Ratings Guide is based on four scales: The Societal Scale; The Community Scale; The Facility Scale; and The Human Scale.
— It is intended to encourage a broader role of sustainability for our justice facilities in our society as well as their impact on communities and individuals.
— Goals are defined based on Sustainable Justice Principles that reach far beyond materials, methods, and the physical and earth energy resource conservation of physical plant construction and performance standards.
— Desired outcomes are defined by metrics and reference standards and resources that provide reinforce the unique link public facilities have with, and contribution to a successfully sustainable community and society.
February 13th, 2013
Correctional News recently asked HMC Architects’ Beverly Prior a series of questions in order to understand how green design has been implemented in the correctional market and the overall benefits of sustainable design in the industry.
The first question Correctional News asked was: “how has she seen sustainability and energy-efficient design concepts grow in the correctional market?”
Beverly answered, “I’ve seen sustainability concepts grow from two perspectives — the political and the operations perspective. Politically, the funding agency, whether a state or county often have standards that projects must meet a LEED or other green standard. It also can help with achieving community buy in: “At least it’s green!” Achieving a LEED status is a source of pride and positive public relations: “We’re doing the right thing!” Operationally, the focus is minimizing the ongoing use of resources. Correctional facilities make large demands on water and power, so if those year after year costs can be reduced, then agencies have more options with where to put their resources. With the support of state grant programs, Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail is now poised to save $100,000 per year with their new solar grid.”
December 12th, 2012
Beverly Prior, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP has joined Correctional News’ editorial advisory board. Founded in 1994, Correctional News is the only news magazine specifically dedicated to correctional facility construction, maintenance, and operations. Widely read by facility operators and managers as well as architects, contractors and suppliers, Correctional News has become a must read business news publication in this unique market.
The ten-person editorial advisory board will regularly discuss the latest news and opinion trends that face the correctional industry. As a board member, Beverly will also have the opportunity to contribute to the publication by authoring an article.
Torrey Sims, editor of the publication, said she was impressed with Beverly’s knowledge and insight into the industry, and also her warm personality. She thinks Beverly will be a perfect addition to the publication’s editorial board and will strengthen the content in Correctional News.
November 12th, 2012
Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP will be speaking at Design Like You Give a Damn and at the Bay Area’s AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice this week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Design Like You Give a Damn
Neighborhood Security and Violence Prevention in the Built Environment
How to use urban planning and architecture to prevent violence. Panelists will share lessons learned from their efforts to lower crime and increase security in at-risk neighborhoods around the world.
Click here to register for Design Like You Give a Damn, or watch the live webcast >>
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area
Repurposing Existing Buildings for Essential Services
Facing economic shortages, counties are choosing to repurpose commercial buildings for essential services operations. This session will explore the planning and design processes of this approach, and the associated benefits and challenges for programming, operations, and security.
October 4th, 2012
By Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal
We’re gearing up for the AIA AAJ Fall Conference October 10-12, with a wide range of activities and opportunities for involvement planned. Browse the upcoming events and if you’re in Toronto for the conference, definitely stop by the AIA AAJ booth for a visit.
Re-purposing Existing Buildings for Essential Services Operations
Within the Law Enforcement track of the conference, which includes detention/corrections and courts, HMC’s Beverly Prior will be discussing the planning and design challenges of facing economic shortages as counties are choosing to re-purpose commercial buildings for essential services operations. This session will explore project development strategies, and the associated benefits and challenges for programming, operations, and security.
September 18th, 2012
By Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal
Beverly Prior and I first collaborated for sustainable justice in 2006 on a presentation about green juvenile facilities, out of which evolved the AIA Academy of Architects for Justice (AAJ) Sustainable Justice Committee and national activism to establish and promote sustainable justice principles. Today, I serve as Chair of the Sustainable Justice Committee and Beverly is a member of the committee and its former-Chair.
The Sustainable Justice Committee of AIA AAJ strives to put into the lexicon of every planner, designer, owner, and operator, a broader recognition of the role of sustainability in our society and the fundamental concepts of a systems approach to sustainable justice—reaching beyond the materials, methods, and physical and earth energy resource conversation of physical plant construction and performance standards.
Toward this endeavor, the committee has developed the “Green Guide to Justice,” which defines a vision for a comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable justice system and reaches out to industry partners for engagement. The Guide is designed to serve as a voluntary educational tool for early adopters of sustainable design, construction, and operations practices, and to encourage continuous improvement in the justice sector, continued leadership, and increased rigor associated with creating high performance justice environments.
The committee then incorporated the sustainable principles into a custom methodology or scoring system to specifically evaluate justice facilities within the context of a broader definition of leadership for sustainable environments, communities, individuals, and society at-large. We developed a rating system focused on four scales: The Societal Scale, The Community Scale, The Facility Scale, and The Human Scale. With this focus, the conversation about sustainability is entirely changed! Desired outcomes are defined by metrics and reference standards and resources that reinforce the unique link public facilities have with, and contribution to, a successfully sustainable community and society.
One sustainable justice goal for 2013 is to develop a scoring/weighting structure for the ratings criteria and engage various industry partners in its implementation in case studies. The committee’s intent is to create a tool for anyone to use that helps guide a sustainable response to a planning, design, or operation problem, which also becomes an organic component of the process.