Michelle Graham on the Role of Architecture and Design in Effective Justice Facilities | Episode 24

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Welcome back to the Agati Video Podcast, a space where Joe Agati, COO & Director of Design here at Agati Furniture, hosts conversations with designers, architects, and difference-makers to bring inspiration and education to your work.

Today, Joe is joined by Michelle Graham for a conversation about architecture and design in justice facilities. Michelle is a project architect at DLR Group, a firm committed to elevating human experience through design. Michelle holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University and is a licensed architect and designer with a focus on justice facilities, including corrections facilities and courthouses.

In this conversation, we discuss the compelling nature of courthouse architecture, how architecture can play a role in justice reform and bring comfort to people on their most difficult days, the role furniture has in creating feelings of safety between separate parties, and more.

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Key Quotes:

  • “How can we as architects use architecture to help aid in the betterment of the justice system so that those who are touched by it have equal access and equity?”
  • “Our goal is to find a way to create safety while still upholding the civic and public nature of the facilities.”
  • “In instances of parties that are hostile toward one another, you want to offer enough physical separation between the parties that they feel comfortable when they occupy the same space. A lot of that comes down to furniture and the way that those tables in the well are arranged.”
  • “What is so illuminating about physical mockups is seeing how an inch can make a difference in ways you may not have anticipated.”

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