GS&P’s Patrick Gilbert Presents on Secure Design at AIA Birmingham Chapter Meeting

Presentation Focused on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Strategies

January 27, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Patrick Gilbert, AIA, LEED AP, a senior architect in the Nashville Corporate + Urban Design division, presented on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) at AIA Birmingham’s monthly chapter meeting on January 17. Gilbert’s presentation examined architecture’s role in building security and explored the relationship between psychology and design.

A summary of Gilbert’s presentation follows.
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 considered 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 encouraged designers to consider territoriality, natural surveillance, natural access control, maintenance and entrapment zones when designing a building. Additionally, Gilbert emphasized 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.

Gilbert has more than 30 years of industry experience, 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, Gilbert 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.

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