Deanna van Buren


Deanna Van Buren is a thought leader, researching, formulating, and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture. She currently sits on the national board of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and is the founding partner of FOURM, a design firm creating spaces for peacemaking and restorative justice. Prior to starting her practice in 2010, van Buren spent 13 years as a design lead on domestic, institutional, and design education projects in California, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Recent work in her firm includes the Creating Justice Toolkit for designing with incarcerated populations, facilities for restorative justice programs in Oakland, California, development of a Restorative Justice Center prototype, and installation design for the American Reparatory Theater’s Civil War project. She authored Restorative Justice Design: Developing New Typologies for Social Change. Van Buren holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, a BS in Architecture at the University of Virginia, and recently completed The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Read an interview with Deanna van Buren about why she is teaching at SPI.