- Category: Fellows
He was inducted into the College of Fellows for "Achievement in Service to the Profession". Allen's influence, activities and visibility in justice architecture has been a catalyst for progress of the profession and recognition of architectural practitioners and the Institute of Architects and as a voice being heard in the justice industry. Sharing expertise openly through literature, lectures and services, specific achievements include: contribution to the development of "new generation justice facilities"; development of a national annual criminal justice architectural exhibit by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (formerly AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice); liaison for AIA with ASTM (American Standards for Testing and Materials) and other activities.
Allen received 40 project design or personal awards/honors including the "Distinguished Alumni Service" Award, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. He
was a Commissioner of the American Correctional Association (ACA) Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, Chairman of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice, UIA International committee on Criminal Justice Architecture, ASTM Main Committee F33 and others.
He authored or co-authored several articles and was contributing author to several publications including Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, "Architecture for Justice", The American Institute of Architects and Encyclopedia of Architecture, The American Institute of Architects, 1986.
Allen was guest lecturer or speaker at many seminars, workshops and university classes including University of Illinois Center for Research in Law and Justice (UICRL), Master Degree Programs; University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development Program; Private Workshop “Planning for and the Design of Corrections Facilities” for Directors General of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia Departments of Prisons; The Prison Administration of Hainan Province, The People’s Republic of China (with UICRL) and the National Academy of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Allen received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 1962 and Certificate in Executive Management from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania in 1977.
Allen now provides architectural, planning and business consulting to selected firms for selected projects.