Healing on the Inside: The Benefits of Nature Interactions within Carceral Environments - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/28/2023

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The therapeutic benefits of nature interactions in carceral environments positively impact those living in high stress environments, lacking sensory stimulation, healthy social interactions and support rehabilitative outcomes, humanize oppressive environments, and can reduce recidivism. Landscape architects as activists and designers should and can have an important role in this process.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn how to navigate the correctional system to develop proposals, design spaces, and implement greening projects in carceral environments.
  • Understand prison environments and the role nature/gardens have had in their historical evolution.
  • Become better aware of the needs and context of incarcerated individuals to create responsive designs that meet security guidelines, address isolation, and ameliorate sensory deprivation.
  • Review precedent-setting international models of nature inclusion in carceral environments and the lessons that can be applied to domestic projects.

Daniel Winterbottom, FASLA


University of Washington

Daniel Winterbottom, is principle at Winterbottom Design Inc. and professor of landscape architecture. His work focuses on the creation of therapeutic environments to address inequities and solve complex challenges for those impacted by trauma, mental illness, and displacement. He has worked with marginalized communities domestically and internationally. He has created supportive environments for communities of garbage pickers, in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, war victims and refugees. He co-authored “Healing Gardens” by Timber Press in 2015. In 2021 he received an Urban Sketchers Reportage Grant for 2021 for his project "The Shifting Landscapes of Despair, Hope, Survival and Persistence".

Julie Stevens, ASLA

Associate Professor

Iowa State University

Julie Stevens is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University, where she has developed an innovative multi-year partnership with the Iowa Department of Corrections to create therapeutic environments for prisons. The team of Iowa State students, prison staff and incarcerated individuals at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women received an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2015 and 2018. Professor Stevens is currently developing a trauma-informed design program focused on underserved youth in a residential treatment program.

Patti Lund (Wachtendorf)


Iowa Department of Corrections

Patti retired in 2019 after 38 years in Corrections. She was warden at the Iowa State Penitentiary at her retirement and prior to that, she was at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) for nearly 20 years. While there, she was a part of the planning, designing, staffing and construction of a total remodel and expansion to make ICIW a reception center and a state of the art facility for women. The final stage of this project was teaming with the Iowa State University to create a new landscaping design for a prison.


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