College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Since 2010, prisons in Nordic countries have begun to take a very progressive approach to rehabilitating prisoners, addressing prisoners more humanely than is traditionally done in the United States. This project aims to develop course content that looks at the design elements of prisons in the United States and performs a comparative analysis with more progressive Nordic prison designs. Cal Poly’s construction management department will incorporate the developed content into one module of a co-taught course with sociology. The course will examine the ways social changes impact the construction of prisons and the social impacts of design and construction on end users. The developed module focuses on analyzing architectural design and building elements in Nordic prisons and comparing those to the design elements of prisons in the United States. The course content was generated through research using existing written and video materials about Nordic prisons, online resources about design, and published government materials. The developed unit contains written reading material, supporting information for the students to study, and activities designed to engage the students in the material and assess their learning. The activities include an assignment on analyzing prisoner needs, a discussion post on design elements, and a short quiz.