Still She Rises, the first holistic defense office in the country, is dedicated exclusively to representing mothers in the criminal and civil legal systems. Women are the fastest-growing prison population in the U.S., and Oklahoma leads the trend at twice the national rate. In 2017 Still She Rises brought this model of holistic defense to the women of North Tulsa.
Two years later, the organization was bursting at the seams, which prompted the George Kaiser Family Foundation to contact Selser Schaefer Architects to help evaluate and design a solution for their workplace needs.
Collaborating with the management team and GKFF project managers, we designed a warm and inviting environment that sharply contrasts the cold institutional spaces experienced by so many of the women they serve.