Randy Atlas PhD, AIA, CPP

Senior Advisor


Randy Atlas is America’s only architect / criminologist has a unique and multi-disciplinary holistic approach to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).  He is a registered architect in Florida, nationally accredited with (NCARB), and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


  1. University of Florida, Bachelor of Architecture, 1974

  2. University of South Florida, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, 1976

  3. University of Illinois, Masters of Architecture. 1976

  4. Florida State University, Doctorate of Criminology, 1982

      Randy Atlas, PhD

  Appointments (Past & Present):

  1. Adjunct Professor:  Florida Atlantic University College of Social Inquiry (Architecture, Criminal Justice and Urban Planning). Designing Safe Communities with CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), 1998, 2005 - Present. Fort Lauderdale and Boca Campuses, ELearning, and Continuing Education. ELearning Course with the FAU Institute of Design and Technology

  2. Adjunct Professor: Criminal Justice Program - Corrections, Criminology, Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Classes, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. 1984 to 1991,1997.

  3. Visiting Instructor: National Crime Prevention Institute (NCPI), University of Louisville. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Classes, Design for Infrastructure Protection, Design Safe Schools. 1993 through present.

  4. Adjunct Professor: Keiser College, Criminal Justice Department. Pembroke Pines, FL. 2006 - 2013.

  5. Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS, #5061

  6. Registered Architect, State of Florida,  #15954; State of Louisiana #5287

  7. NCARB Registered Architect, National Council Architectural Registration Board #31121

  8. Registered Emergency Medical Technician, Florida, #0299

  9. Registered Real Estate Broker, State of Florida, #15984

  10. Certified in Sandia Labs Risk Assessment Methodology RAM- W (Dams),T (Power) 2002

  11. Certified in Critical Infrastructure and Asset Protection – ACAM and PCII, April 2010

  12. Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board. #100342

  13. Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board. 2010

  14. Certified in Quality Matters On Line eLearning Certification for FAU Course on CPTED 2013

Affiliations & Memberships (Past & Present):

  1. American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Justice Committee member

  2. American Correctional Association, Design and Technology Committee member

  3. American Society Of Industrial Security, Past Chairman of the Security Architecture and Engineering Council

  4. American Society Of Safety Engineers

  5. Environmental Design Research Association appointed on Editorial Review Board for Environment and Behavior Magazine

  6. National Safety Council, Falls Prevention Committee

  7. National Fire Protection Association, Premises Security Committee

  8. American Society Of Testing Materials Technical committees F33 on Corrections and Detention Facilities, ASTM E54 Homeland Security Committee, F13 Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear, F12 Committee on Security Systems and Equipment

  9. Human Factors & Ergonomics Society

  10. National Institute of Justice Advisory Board on Americans With Disabilities Act and CPTED

  11. Florida CPTED Network now called Florida Design Out Crime

  12. International CPTED Association United States Regional Board member

  13. U.S. Housing Urban Development Technical Assistance Consultant on Security and Crime Prevention; U.S. Department of Justice

  14. National Institute Of Corrections: Technical Assistance Consultant.

  15. ASIS Physical Security Measures (PSM) Guideline Committee

  16. International Society Of Crime Prevention Practitioners

  17. International Association Of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals;

  18. Florida Crime Prevention Association;

  19. National Floor Safety Institute Standards Committee B101- Safety Requirements for Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention;

  20. Infra-Gard South Florida;

  21. International Association of Professional Security Consultants,

  22. University of Toronto Mid-Life Falls Advisory Group.


  1. Interconnect Solutions Aboard Submarines: AMETEK SCP Continues to Implement Connector Technology in Naval Submarines” Sea Technology July 2012

  2. Augmented Reality: Brings Digital Information Into View” Sea Technology March 2010

  3. Anti-Piracy TTPs Tactics Technology and Politics for Marine Technology Reporter June 2009

  4. What do you get when you Cross the Blue Water and Brown Water Navies?” Sea Technology April 2008

  5. Howler Experiment: Innovation Brings Success to Coordinated Autonomous Vehicle Operators” for H20 Ops Magazine Dec 06/Jan 07

  6. The Role of Micro-ROVs in Maritime Safety and Security” for H2O Ops Magazine, April/May 2006

  7. Contaminated Water Diving Wake-up Call” for H2O Ops Magazine June/July 06

  8. The Role of Micro-ROVs in Maritime Safety and Security” 2005 White Paper for MMS Website

  9. Joint Littoral Mobility, Littoral Combat Ship” for Bath Ironworks LCS team 2004

  10. Ehime Maru Technical Salvage Report” Co-Authored with JMS 2003 for Supervisor of Salvage USN

  11. Augmented Realty: Innovation through Experimentation” The Second Australian-American Joint Conference on the Technology of Mine Countermeasures” Sydney 2001 for MINWARA

  12. Delong Mountain Marine Geophysical Study” May 1999, for NORTEC
    Before You Leave the Dock" 1999, Washington State boating safety brochure for USCG

  13. Loadmax, An Evaluation of a Real-Time Water Level System in the Columbia River” for NOAA

  14. Marine Reporting: The Development of a Northwest Marine Safety Reporting System" , for Safe Marine Transportation Forum of Puget Sound

  15. The Water Planet" Videodiscovery CD-ROM and Laser Disc 1995.
    An Assessment of Single Station Forecasting Methodologies for Naval Special Warfare Applications" USN, Tech Note 60, July 1990

  16. Alaska Bore Tales: A Local Guide to Bore Tide Sightings” for NOAA, 1985

Years of Experience:  30+

Professional Experience:

  1. Dr. Randy Atlas is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from the American Society of Industrial Security, and past chairman of the ASIS Security Architecture and Engineering Council, and an appointed member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Premises Security Committee, which developed the new NFPA 730/ 731 premises security standards and guidelines. He is a nationally recognized trainer and author on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and has conducted over 200 workshops and seminars on CPTED and Critical Infrastructure Protection around the world and has uniquely combined the fields of architecture, security, and criminology.

  2. Dr. Atlas serves as an expert witness on hundreds of premises security negligence cases. He is a practitioner and designs functionally integrated security design systems using the CPTED methodology in all building/ facility types including transportation. He has conducted risk assessments on high-rise office buildings, commercial plants, schools and universities, large public venues, and multi-family mixed use residential environments. Critical infrastructure protection is a vital part of all of these studies conducted and Atlas has conducted Homeland Security Vulnerability Assessments on seaports, and government buildings.

  3. Dr. Atlas is a regular contributor to the Security Management Magazine, Protection of Assets Manual, Access Control Magazine, Security Technology and Design Magazine. Atlas authored the book 21st Century Security and CPTED in 2008, and 2nd Edition in 2012.

  4. Dr. Atlas brings a unique and multi-disciplinary holistic approach to crime prevention and security design. His writings and research have often set the standard of care that is used in the courts today on negligent security cases. His experience allows him to focus on what is causing the problems or loss, before immediately jumping into problem solving, as typically done by other consultants with technological solutions. Often many of the solutions that he develops are operational and managerial, which have little or no capital improvement costs. Only when there is no other mitigation measures possible does he develop architectural and technological solutions to the risks, threats and vulnerabilities to protect the facility assets.