Our welcoming buildings – full of sunlight – uplift the human spirit and inspire those who work there. Whether staff, public, litigant, or defendant, all who enter a courthouse, detention center, or correctional center, should feel that their human dignity is respected. Our justice facilities are smarter, kinder, and greener than the buildings they replace, respecting community traditions while advancing the effectiveness of the justice system.

CGL design studios are located in New York City; Lexington, Kentucky; Sacramento, California; Columbia, South Carolina; and Miami, Florida.  Aligned with a total focus on planning and design, our structure leverages expertise across the organization to improve the justice system. Designers work closely with clients to develop inspired solutions to complex programs, meeting the challenges of normative design in secure environments.

Our expertise spans the full spectrum of the facility development cycle. During the pre-design stages, justice planners collaborate with designers to ready projects for design through our unique Project Definition approach. To achieve an elevated outcome, each project starts with a workshop where we engage all stakeholders to craft a Vision Statement, define the Mission, and frame the Operations that will drive the design. We lead and collaborate with other architects to formulate responsive design solutions with meticulous documentation and careful construction administration.  We help Owners prepare for building occupancy with furniture and move management services.

The structures that house the justice system serve as cornerstones of civic life within our cities and counties. Our justice buildings embody the functional needs and civic aspirations of our clients and form the heart of great cities and healthy communities.  





*In New York architectural services are provided through RicciGreene Architects, P.C.