Collaborating with architecture students, former inmates, and prison experts, Gehry and his colleagues grapple with complex social, political, emotional, structural, and aesthetic challenges to re-envision the future of incarceration.
Cathedrals of Culture: Halden Prison
Halden Prison in Norway, designed by the Danish architectural firm EMA, has been labelled “the world’s most humane prison” by Time Magazine. Since its opening in 2010, the high security facility houses some of Norway’s most dangerous convicts. But can barless windows, with panoramic views of Norwegian nature, truly help hardened criminals? Can a prison ever really be humane?
DIRECTOR, GUYMER BAILEY
“My passion is harnessing the transformative effects of architecture to help people live better lives. Through the creative and sustainable use of building form and materials and the rehabilitative effects of daylight, I believe architecture can significantly change the quality of life for those inhabiting its space. It is this ‘architecture of hope’ that I seek to provide each day by delivering well-planned, operationally effective and delight-filled master planning and building solutions.”
PROF. SUSAN DENNISON, PHD
DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL (RESEARCH), SCHOOL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GRIFFITH CRIMINOLOGY INSTITUTE
Susan Dennison is a Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Criminology
and Criminal Justice at Griffith University as well as Deputy Director of the Griffith Criminology
Institute. She is a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow, examining the impact of
parental incarceration on the development and wellbeing of parents in prison, their children, and
caregivers. She is currently investigating the ways that maternal criminal justice system involvement
shapes developmental outcomes for children.
ARCHITECT, TOTALSPACE DESIGN PRINCIPAL
Sarah is the co-founder and current director of Totalspace Design, a small South Australian based
architecture and interior design studio. She has been in professional practice since 1994, and has
amassed significant experience in secure facility design having delivered multiple projects across
Australia. Her work has been across the Corrections Sector, Youth Justice, Police and Child
Protection, with a particular emphasis on female adult offenders.
Sarah is known for her broader expertise and experience in the Secure Facility Sector having been a
presenter at National and International Conferences on the topics of Residential Parenting
Programs, Child Friendly Design, and Therapeutic Design as well as the integration of electronic
security and built form.
Sarah has also presented to the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators group, on her specific
experiences as a secure facility designer. She is a co-founder and Board member of the UTurn
Foundation, a not for profit initiative that provides support for women who have had contact with
the justice system, providing them with pathways into employment in the construction industry.
Lisa Antonio’s career with the Victorian Department of Justice & Community Safety spans 25 years in both operational and senior management leadership roles. Lisa’s most recent role was as Deputy Program Director with the Victorian Community Safety Building Authority, responsible for ensuring successful delivery of correctional infrastructure projects.
“I enjoy the challenges and complexity associated with working in a correctional environment, and ultimately delivering facilities that keep the community safe and provide the best opportunities for rehabilitation”