Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship & Prize

Deanna Van Buren Awarded 2018 Berkeley-Rupp Prize

BERKELEY — Deanna Van Buren, award-winning architect and co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) is the 2018 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize.

Van Buren is recognized as a national leader in formulating and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture. Her firm, DJDS is an Oakland-based non-profit architecture and real estate development firm working with non-profit, government, and community partners to develop infrastructure to end mass incarceration through the support of diversion and reentry.


The Prize

The Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize awards $100,000 biennually to a distinguished practitioner or academic who has made a significant contribution to promoting the advancement of women in the field of architecture, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and the community.

Designed as a period for regeneration, this unique opportunity provides recipients with the chance to engage in creative scholarly pursuits during a semester-long professorship at the College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley. During their residency at CED, recipients have access to the college’s resources and the broader University of California, Berkeley network of scholars.