Deanna Van Buren 


Deanna Van Buren is an architect and global 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, and Planning for Social Responsibility and is the founding partner of FOURM design studio, a firm creating spaces for peacemaking and restorative justice.  Recent work in her practice includes the Syracuse Peacemaking Center in New York, the first of its kind in the United States and Strategic Action for Justice, which is providing technical assistance to cities seeking to develop restorative paradigms for justice architecture.  Deanna is also conducting the first design studios with incarcerated men and women and is a recent awardee of the Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant to develop a prototype mobile resource village. Deanna received her BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, an M. Arch from Columbia University and has recently completed The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.