Deanna Van Buren

“With the movement toward decarceration set in motion, we will need to address a series of pressing issues, including the planning and building of infrastructure, such as housing, in underinvested communities to which citizens are returning; the need to cultivate restorative reinvestments in these communities; and the adaptive reuse of defunct and vacant criminal justice infrastructure in our city centers and rural lands.”

Deanna Van Buren is the cofounder and design director of Designing Justice + Designing Space, a firm that addresses architecture in the carceral state, combining ideas on prison abolition and racial justice. Van Buren’s work envisions a future without the prison system. Through this work, she has been the only architect awarded the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship.
American / African American  
DISCIPLINE Activist / Artist / Architect