What Restorative Justice Can Teach You About Architecture

By Meg Miller

Design has an important role to play in criminal justice reform–and architects can learn a lot from the restorative justice process, too.

Deanna Van Buren, cofounder of the Oakland-based organization Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, remembers exactly where she was when she first heard the term restorative justice. It was Martin Luther King Day in 2006, and Van Buren was at Taylor Memorial Methodist Church in West Oakland. The social justice activist Angela Davis and her sister, Fania Davis, were there speaking on the subject.

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