Joe Mrak

Joseph M. Mrak


“There is an art and a science to designing spaces in a way that deliberately enhances security in a visually-appealing setting.”

Joseph M. Mrak

Consulting, Planning and Architecture

Securitecture Principal Joseph Mrak is a nationally-recognized architect, pioneer, and leader in criminal justice, public safety, and homeland security design innovations. Having served as lead architect on more than 200 justice and public safety design projects to date, Joe has established a strong reputation as a leading authority in the Midwest and Southeast on criminal justice and public safety facilities planning and design. His familiarity with the key issues in corrections, justice, and public safety planning and architecture have led to numerous award-winning, innovative solutions that are the new standard for facilities design.

Innovations such as the double envelope housing pod around a single elevated control room provide enhanced visual security and monitoring, while maximizing staff efficiency. Continuous rear perimeter mechanical chase design allows for maintenance work to be done without requiring jail cell ingress. The first to specify modular steel cells for jail construction in several states, Joe also pioneered the use of touchscreen security automation systems, video visitation systems and direct supervision design in corrections facilities in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida.

His creative design solutions have also been applied to municipal, public safety, and homeland security facilities, while many justice renovations have benefited from his expertise in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. And his CPTED certification (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) supports innovative design strategies to incorporate security within the built environment.

Now as owner and principal of Securitecture, Joe strives to create uniquely innovative, practical, and cost-efficient solutions to meet your most complex planning and design challenges.

American Institute of Architects—Justice Facilities Review
2011 – Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home; Kalamazoo, MI (Merit Award)
2008 – Hamilton County Juvenile Services Center; Noblesville, IN
2001 – Cass County Jail; Logansport, IN
1999 – Pulaski County Justice Center; Winamac, IN
1997 – Harrison County Justice Center; Corydon, IN
1997 – Blackford County Security Center; Hartford City, IN
1996 – Fishers Police Station; Fishers, IN
1994 – Howard County Criminal Justice Center; Kokomo, IN
1991 – Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center; Lawrenceburg, IN

AIA Southwest Michigan Chapter Design Award
2009 – Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home

American Council of Engineering Companies
2004 – Marion County Arrestee Processing Center
2004 – West Lafayette Police Station

American Concrete Institute
1997 – Harrison County Justice Center

Guest Speaker
Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police: “Building a New Police Station”
Florida Chiefs of Police Association: “Latest Trends in Police Station Design”
Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning: “CAP Conversations”
Ind. Assoc. of County Commissioners: “911 Consolidation—Getting it Right the First Time”

See a list of projects here.