Detention Thought Leaders

  • Mike BrenchleyDirector of Justice

    Mike Brenchley, a 30-year industry veteran, is the director of our Justice program. Throughout his 18-year career with HDR, Mike has built a strong reputation for his ability to design facilities that reflect the gravitas of their missions while maintaining transparency, security and dignity for those in the justice system. Designing with these somewhat conflicting design constraints in mind is no easy task, but it's what Mike says makes practicing justice architecture so interesting. "These are tremendously challenging building types with some of the most extreme constraints you'll find in our industry. Aside from the technical requirements, justice buildings have lifespans often surpassing 100 years. We're challenged to create buildings that can stand the test of time– and define the fabric of communities."

    Mike has received several awards for team leadership, and he has authored articles for national industry publications such as American Jails, Corrections Forum, Correctional News, and Courts Today. He has also presented on industry topics for clients, industry associations and universities throughout North America. Over the years, his project portfolio has grown to include new court facilities, border patrol stations and dozens of prisons and jails.

  • Paul Nagashima, AIA, LEED APDesign Principal

    Paul has more than 30 years of professional experience, specializing in government, detention, and correction for the last 23 years. He serves as a senior project designer and is an award-winning designer in his own right; he feels design excellence is essential for any building type.  He has won numerous design awards including an AIA Honor Award for the design of the Japanese American National Museum.  He has also won AIA Awards and has been recognized for design excellence by many business and civic organizations.

    Paul has designed over 16,000 beds in detention and correctional facilities across the United States.