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.”
PROFESSOR, BATH UNIVERSITY
Yvonne Jewkes (BA Hons), MA (Leicester), PhD (Cantab) was appointed Professor of Criminology at the University of Bath in September 2018. Prior to this she was Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent. Her main research interest is prisons and the sociology of imprisonment, especially prison architecture, design and technology.
FORMER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER,
Rod Wise has had an extensive career in corrections, having worked operationally and as a senior manager in the Victorian prison service and in Community Corrections. For the past 15 years, Rod has provided executive leadership of Victoria’s correctional system and provided authoritative advice across the department and to government on sound correctional practice. In his previous role as Deputy Commissioner, Operations, he was responsible for the policy and standards governing the operations of 13 prisons, a transitional centre, and state-wide Community Correctional Services. Rod was the inaugural Chair of the Countering Violent Extremism Prisons Working Group which was responsible for developing initiatives to tackle radicalisation within Australia’s criminal justice system. Under Rod’s leadership, the group progressed important and sensitive work to address radicalisation in prisons and assist individuals convicted of terrorism offences to disengage from violent extremist ideologies. Of particular note, is the development of a comprehensive indicators of radicalisation training package, which has been implemented across Australia to assist corrections officers’ understanding of radicalisation and violent extremism, and improve their ability to identify and support prisoners who may be at risk of such behaviour.