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DJDS in the News


DJDS YouTube logoBIPOC Design Matters

Panel at Gensler, February 16, 2023

Detroit Metro Times logoDetroit Month of Design events for people who are overwhelmed by it all

Randiah Camille Green, Detroit Metro Times, September 15, 2023

100 Women Architects image100 Women: Architects in Practice

Riba Publishing, January 12, 2023

yes! Magazine logoThe Care(ful) Work of Abolishing Prisons

Amanda Alexander and Deanna Van Buren, yes! Magazine, February 27, 2023


Epicenter LogoReimagining NYC’s borough-based jails

Andrea Pineda-Salgado, Epicenter-NYC, March 29, 2022

concentrate LogoUnbuilding racism: Activists confront injustice in Washtenaw County’s built environment

Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder, Concentrate, February 16, 2022


CityLabDo Prisons Deserve a Second Chance?

Zach Mortice, Bloomberg CityLab, November 9, 2021

Architect MagazineArchitects See Promise in Integrated Practice Models, Pre- and Post-Katerra

Timothy A. Schuler, Architect Magazine, October 27, 2021

Solitary WatchCan Architects Help End Solitary Confinement?

Nicole Capozziello, Solitary Watch, October 7, 2021

Does Building Better Jails Go Far Enough?

Liza Weisstuch, The New York Times, September 24, 2021

Outlier MediaBay Area developer looks to address mass incarceration with Detroit buildings

Aaron Mondry, Outlier Media, September 15, 2021

Developers see new data analysis and gathering tools as key to more equitable development

Jonathan Hilburg, The Architect’s Newspaper, August 9, 2021

KALW LogoCalifornia Attorney General Rob Bonta, Author Julie Lythcott-Haims On ‘Adulting,’ And Architect Deanna Van Buren

Hosts Ethan Elkind and Grace Won, KALW’s State of the Bay, June 7, 2021 (Deanna’s segment starts at the 47:00 minute mark)

NBC Atlanta's 11 AliveRemodel, rebuild, reimagine: Group submitted plans to close, repurpose Atlanta city jail

Matt Pearl and Lindsey Basye, NBC Atlanta’s 11 Alive, May 26, 2021

Financial Times LogoMeet the architect imagining a world without prisons

Helen Barrett, Financial Times, March 7, 2021

Shelterforce ArticlePaying Community Members for Their Time

Brittany Hutson, Shelterforce, February 26, 2021

AIA-NY LogoReconceiving Justice

Patrick Sisson and Emily R. Pellerin, Oculus, AIA New York, Winter, 2021

Alta Journal - Deanna seated on Mobile Refuge Room Murphy bedTake No Prisoners

Lydia Lee, Alta Journal, February 17, 2021

Blue Walls, Big Windows: A New Generation of Justice-Oriented Spaces

Justin Agrelo, California Magazine (CAL Alumni Association), January 27, 2021


Think Beyond the Stocking — AN’s 2020 Giving Guide

The Editors, The Architect’s Newspaper, December 11, 2020

Free your mind, and good design will follow
(View PDF)

Ellen McGirt & Aric Jenkins, Fortune, December 1, 2020

Restore Oakland RJ RoomRestore Oakland

Archello, 2020

Restore Oakland

Katie Gerfen, Architect Magazine, November 30, 2020

Commentary: Decarceration and Designing to Divest

Garrett Jacobs and Deanna Van Buren, Architectural Record, October 5, 2020

Building Public Places for a Covid World

James S. Russell, The New York Times, September 11, 2020

Community voices come first in reimagining of downtown Atlanta detention center

Matt Hickman, The Architect’s Newspaper, August 21, 2020

How to Re-design the World for Coronavirus and Beyond

Politico Magazine, July 3, 2020

Why Justice in Design Is Critical to Repairing America

Meaghan O’Neill, Architectural Digest, July 2, 2020

Q&A: Oakland Architect Deanna Van Buren Is Building a World Without Prisons

Violet Rawlings, Ms. Magazine, June 27, 2020

This Atlanta jail will transform into a center for justice and equity

Adele Peters, Fast Company, June 15, 2020

Mass Decarceration and COVID-19

Deanna Van Buren & F. Javier Torres-Campos, Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 9, 2020

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces on ‘Unbuilding Racism’

Antonio Pacheco, Archinect, June 5, 2020

Designing for Decarceration in a Pandemic

Cathleen McGuigan, Architectural Record, May 27, 2020

Space for Restorative Justice” (PDF)

Impact Justice and Yale School of Architecture, May, 2020

Can architecture slow gentrification? Restore Oakland wants to show that it can

John King, San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2020

What Would a World Without Prisons Look Like?

Patricia Leigh Brown, The New York Times, March 6, 2020

Making Space for Restorative Justice

Amanda Abrams, Yes!, February 19, 2020

Design for Equity” (download PDF, or view online)

Jen Krava and Jon Spayde, Public Art Review, Issue 59, January 14, 2020


10 Things We’re Talking About — 09: A Neighborhood Haven

Tanya A. Christian, Essence Magazine, November 22, 2019

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces builds infrastructure to end mass incarceration

Shane Reiner-Roth, The Architect’s Newspaper, October 30, 2019

Can a building help end mass incarceration?

Diana Budds, Curbed San Francisco, October 24, 2019

What to Build Instead of Prisons
Deonna Anderson, Yes! Magazine, September 11, 2019
This Ingenious New Community Center Is a Powerful Model for Change
Meaghan O’Neill, Architectural Digest, September 3, 2019

Oakland’s Restorative-Justice Hub Wants to Redefine Public Safety
Sarah Holder, CityLab, August 23, 2019

Opinion: We Must Plan for a Decarceration Nation
Deanna Van Buren, Architect Magazine, May 7, 2019
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
Amanda Winkler and Lise Metzger, Freethink, April 17, 2019
You Got Your High School Diploma?
Elizabeth Weil, The California Sunday Magazine, March 27, 2019
A socially minded Oakland architect who’s winning attention and awards
John King, San Francisco Chronicle, January 9, 2019



Deanna Van Buren Awarded 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Prize
Berkeley-Rupp Architecture, November, 2018
These Rising-Star Designers Are Making the World a Better Place
Meaghan O’Neill, Architectural Digest, November 6, 2018
Upstart 50 Creatives: Redesigning justice, one step at a time
Fiona Kelliher, San Francisco Business Times, September, 2018
Gerechtigkeit gestalten / Prison Break” [PDF 2.7MB]
Raphael Sperry, form 278, June, 2018
Workers in Progress – Deanna Van Buren and Kyle Rawlins
Elizabeth Greenspan, Architect Magazine, May, 2018


Mobile classroom bus will steer adults toward a diploma
Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, June 28, 2017


Designing a Way out of Mass Incarceration
City Lab, December 13, 2016
The Pop-Up Approach to Fighting Mass Incarceration
Danya Sherman, Next City, October 27, 2016
Beauty, Justice and Alternate Finance
Ebony McKinney, Grantmakers in the Arts, October 18, 2016
Community members and leaders discuss future of Oakland at Impact Hub
Ryan Lindsay, Oakland North, September 30, 2016
Kudos to Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
Lynne Elizabeth, ADPSR, May 16, 2016
Designing for Peace: In Conversation with Deanna Van Buren
Sasha Kosminsky, Skin Deep, Apr 27, 2016
Deanna Van Buren Has a BIG Idea
Barbara Epstein, Loeb Fellowship, February 8, 2016
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Artist as Activist: Deanna Van Buren
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


Panama, Prisons, and a Journey Towards Human Rights
Raphael Sperry, Urban Fabrick, September 22, 2015
Deanna Van Buren Is Making Space For A New Kind Of Justice
Sanjena Sathian, Ozy, August 26, 2015
Criminal Justice and the Planner’s Role
American Planning Association, April 18, 2015
A New Way to Design and Build Prisons
Dianne Frazee-Walker, Prison Law Blog, January 8, 2015


Restorative Justice by Design: Using restorative justice values to design transformative spaces
The Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, December 10, 2014
What Would A Prison Designed By Inmates Look Like?
Kathleen O’Brien, NationSwell, August 26, 2014
Great Read: What Kind Of Prison Might The Inmates Design?
Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2014
Creating Restorative Spaces with Barb Toews and Deanna Van Buren
Molly Rowan, Restorative Justice on The Rise, January 23, 2014


Peace Building: Architecture and design as a restorative practice
Joshua Wachtel, International Institute for Restorative Practices, August 27, 2013
Restorative Justice: An Interview with Deanna VanBuren
Rory Stott, ArchDaily, August 26, 2013

Podcasts & Video

TEDWomen: What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like

TEDWomen: What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like

TEDWomen, November 2017
Essential Work: Designing the End to Mass Incarceration (Podcast)

Essential Work: Designing the End to Mass Incarceration (Podcast)

Pendarvis Harshaw, KQED Rightnowish, November 13, 2020
Race, Justice & Equity (Virtual Event)

Race, Justice & Equity (Virtual Event)

AtlanticLIVE, October 30, 2020
The Design of Business | The Business of Design (Podcast)

The Design of Business | The Business of Design (Podcast)

Jessica Helfand + Ellen McGirt, Design Observer, October 20, 2020
Architectural Alternatives to Prison (Podcast)

Architectural Alternatives to Prison (Podcast)

Alison Stewart, WNYC All of It, October 15, 2020
New Restorative Justice Spaces Must Be Culturally Competent (Video)

New Restorative Justice Spaces Must Be Culturally Competent (Video)

Eddie Conway, Rattling the Bars, The Real News Network, July 15, 2020
Interview with Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Interview with Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Jarrett Fuller, Scratching the Surface, June 24, 2020
Thinking Outside the Box: Do More Humane Prisons Exist? (Video Interview)

Thinking Outside the Box: Do More Humane Prisons Exist? (Video Interview)

Eddie Conway, The Real News Network, March 16, 2020
Clio Cloud 2019: Restorative Justice through Architecture with Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Clio Cloud 2019: Restorative Justice through Architecture with Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Laurence Colletti, Legal Talk Network: On the Road, October 23, 2019
Practicing Architecture to Make a Difference (Podcast)

Practicing Architecture to Make a Difference (Podcast)

Architect Magazine, August 30, 2019
Designing Decarceration: Architect Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Designing Decarceration: Architect Deanna Van Buren (Podcast)

Matthew Watkins, Center for Court Innovation, November, 2017
Communities Over Commodities: How to Get There? (Video)

Communities Over Commodities: How to Get There? (Video)

The Laura Flanders Show, May 15, 2018
Ethics and Leadership: Social Justice (Video)

Ethics and Leadership: Social Justice (Video)

Academy of Art University, October 25, 2017
Five Keys launches the Self-Determination Project (Video)

Five Keys launches the Self-Determination Project (Video)

Onyx Ash, VimeoPro
School on Wheels (Video)

School on Wheels (Video)

Richard O’Connell, Vimeo
Artist as Activist (Video)

Artist as Activist (Video)

Rauschenberg Foundation, 2015

Press about our Partners

This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone (Video)

This School on a Bus Is Bringing Education to Everyone (Video)

Great Big Story, 2019