July Membership Meeting – Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    July 18, 2017
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Society continues to debate the role that architecture should play when it comes to security. There’s an abundance of abysmal examples: buildings buttressed by jersey walls, metal spikes, barbed wire, bars, and berms or surrounded by a phalanx of security; defensive architecture designed to function like a fortress or retrofitted with tacked-on deterrents. How, then, should architects design safe spaces that are also beautiful and humane?

 Architect Patrick Gilbert’s presentation considers how the arrangement and design of a building and the surrounding spaces encourage or discourage behavior while also examining the five driving principles designers should take into consideration when planning spaces that prevent crime. The presentation encourages designers to consider territoriality, natural surveillance, natural access control, maintenance and entrapment zones when designing a building. Additionally, Gilbert emphasizes specific design considerations such as window placement, lighting plans and strategically placed activity zones that should be taken into account. The bar is being raised on workplace security, motivating design professionals to think critically about how buildings will protect the people, assets and operations inside.

Patrick Gilbert, AIA, LEED AP

Patrick has more than 30 years of experience with Gresham, Smith and Partners, having provided architecture and space planning services for a wide variety of clients including office, retail, residential and educational spaces. He also has experience in urban redevelopment and creatively adapting and repurposing older facilities. Outside of the office, Patrick has volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, donating pro bono design services for the award-winning renovation of Lassiter House, a 103-year-old home in East Nashville’s Cleveland Park neighborhood.

 GS&P provides design and consulting solutions for the built environment that contribute to the success of national and international clients. Since 1967, GS&P has focused on enhancing quality of life and sustainability within communities.



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