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5 November 2013

HOK’s Chuck Oraftik Describes a New Courthouse Design Paradigm

Chuck OraftikThe traditional courthouse will become obsolete in 20 to 30 years, according to Chuck Oraftik, FAIA, justice facility consultant in HOK’s San Francisco office.

In the presentation “A New Courthouse Paradigm: Changing Technologies, Economies and Community Expectations,” members of the American Institute of Architects and representatives of the National Association for Court Management discussed the future of judicial facilities and how societal changes are affecting courthouse design.

The discussion surrounded how changing norms will change the function and operations of court facilities. The upcoming generation brings a whole new set of expectations, Oraftik said. The justice director likened today’s courthouse to how architects and planners see current 1970s-era courthouses.

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