Therapeutic Justice: A New Family Justice Center Courthouse

Reflect on design based on the programmatic needs of a new justice model.


A building’s design is more than function; it can also convey ideas and affect the mental and emotional state of occupants. Using the example of the new family courthouse in San Jose, California, this course examines how designers can look beyond tradition and trends to create timeless designs.

Join us for:

• An overview of the courthouse’s history and its need to be family-sensitive, stress-reducing, and enduring

• A look at challenges in pricing and construction, involving lessons about planning, design, construction, and commission

You will be able to reflect on the value of program-based design problem-solving through which complex institutional buildings are designed.


Learning objectives

  • Learn about how unified family court model became a complex building.
  • Understand how the "inside-out" approach can lead to unique design solutions for all types of buildings.
  • See how daylight and sustainable features were prioritized in the design.
  • Observe interactions of a proven integrated client-architect team.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
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  • Braulio Baptista

    Assoc. AIA

    Partner, ZGF Architects LLP

    Braulio Baptista is a Design Partner with ZGF. With over 17 years of professional experience,...
  • Kimberly Kilgour


    Principal, ZGF Architects LLP

    Kimberly Kilgour is a Principal at ZGF Architects LLP with 16 years of professional experience in...
  • Rona G. Rothenberg


    Capital Program Manager, County of Alameda, California General Services Agency

    Rona G. Rothenberg, FAIA, has led major capital programs in government and industry for the past 29...