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Campus Kilpatrick Youth Facility

Trauma-Responsive Care for Youth in Custody

Project Location

Malibu, CA


65,000 SF


LEED Silver

Project Delivery


The primary guiding principle in developing the parti and architectural image of Campus Kilpatrick was to create a residential campus within a secure perimeter with a non-institutional and residential scale. The design focused on creating housing with a normalized residential scale and image and support buildings reflective of a typical southern California school campus rather than a traditional typical secure institution.

The permeated design concept scheme as constructed went beyond the ideas outlined in the design criteria and included a wide range of enhancements included to further the mission and vision described in the LA model to create a new therapeutic environment supportive of rehabilitative goals, including the creation of a student commons for dining, social activities and family visits; public access to the commons, gymnasium and school/amphitheater to accommodate sporting events, graduations and student productions for family and visitors, both indoors and out.

A key form giver for the facility was planning it to provide a sense of transparency to the community and families by allowing views into the campus from the entry sallyport to the commons.  The continued connection to the outdoors both creates a sense of openness and supports biophilic design principles related to wellness.

Featured Video
LA Model: Changing Young Lives

Campus Kilpatrick incorporates evidence-based best practices that embody the vision of the LA model – a new facility focused on therapeutic, holistic, small-group treatment.

In the Press

Interior view with curved glass wall, right. Left, a seating area with tables under wood ceiling with exposed beams and ducts

Can the Design of L.A.’s New Juvenile Detention Facility Change the Future?

January 22, 2018

Overlooking Malibu, in the midst of the Santa Monica Mountains’ vineyard-dotted landscape, lies Los Angeles County’s $48 million wager on the future of youth incarceration. Campus Kilpatrick replaces a 1960s complex with aims to be a national model for juvenile justice through a humanizing architecture.


2016 Award of Merit

Academy of Architecture for Justice

2018 National Award of Merit

Design Build Institute of America

2018 Distinguished Project Achievement Award for New Construction

Western Council of Construction Consumers

2018 Sustainability Excellence Award

Western Council of Construction Consumers

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