Oregon Youth Authority MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility East Campus Housing

Architect: DLR Group

Location: Woodburn, Oregon

Awarded a citation

Prior to commissioning this project, the Oregon Youth Authority had developed an innovative, developmental operational model based on core principles of “Positive Human Development” (PHD), but lacked appropriate housing to support the research-based new model. After extensive study of the existing high-risk youth housing, the architect and user groups determined that to be successful in creating spaces for PHD, new construction was required. This project design integrates developmental-learning spaces, normative environments, the natural world, and family-scaled spaces within the secure housing units and in the surrounding landscape, producing safe and therapeutic spaces that embody the practices of OYA and PHD.

"Project aspirations are leading edge in trauma informed design, applied to the highest risk and need population." ~ Jury comment

Additional information

Engineer - Civil: Westech Engineering, Inc.

Engineer - Acoustical: BRC Acoustics and, Audiovisual Design Wayfinding and Environmental

Graphics Designer: Mayer/Reed

Landscape Architect: Karen Kiest Landscape Architects

Cost estimating: JMB Consulting Group

Food Service & Laundry Design: Halliday Associates

Planning: Chinn Planning Group


Frank J. Greene, FAIA (Chair), RicciGreene Associates, New York, NY

Tedd Howard, Tedd Howard Strategic Project Leaders, British Columbia, Canada

Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Marcille, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, OR

Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, San Francisco, CA

Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Bradenton Police Department, Bradenton, FL

Elizabeth McDonald, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group, Brooklyn, NY

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