Kyle Rawlins

All Fellows

Our Fellows

Kyle Rawlins

2016 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces with Deanna Van Buren

Kyle Rawlins 2016 Black Male Achievement Fellow

Bold Idea 

Counter societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of courthouses and prisons by engaging communities in the design and development of buildings that integrate restorative justice, economics, education, and reentry housing.


Designing Justice + Designing Spaces co-founder Kyle Rawlins. Photo courtesy of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces.


Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) believes that the built environment embodies many of our society’s gross inequities. DJDS, therefore, seeks to transform the lives of black men, boys, and their communities of care through innovations in architecture and real estate development. With its nonprofit, government, and community partners, DJDS works to create new prototypes, such as peacemaking centers, mobile classrooms, and housing for foster-age youth. Together, they harness the power of the built environment to create triple-bottom-line equity and support the success and expansion of restorative justice, education, and workforce development programs.


Kyle Rawlins is co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a nonprofit harnessing the power of design and development to transform people and communities. He is responsible for its real estate development activities. For more than 15 years, Kyle has been active in the analysis, financing, design, construction, and management of real estate in North and South America. His interest in promoting equity within society has often pointed to affordable housing. As Director of Corporate Development for Atlântica Residencial, a portfolio company of Prudential Real Estate Investors, he was part of a management team responsible for the construction of 4,000 affordable residential units in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil. Closer to home, Kyle has been a consultant for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to help create an economic development model to empower unemployed, unbanked, credit-challenged “NYCHApreneurs” to build sustainable, livable-wage-producing businesses. Kyle holds a BS in architecture from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Learn More
More Like This

Bold Idea and summary information may only be accurate as of the awarding of the Fellowship. Echoing Green attempts to maintain current Experience information, but for their most recent status it may be best to contact the Fellow directly.

More Fellows
Sehnaz Layikel Initiative for Human Rights in Mental Health
Tahir Amin Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK)
Emmanuel Owusu Addai Farmerline Ltd.
Jacqueline Gjurgevich Stockbox Grocers
Daniel Tomlinson Frontier Markets
Carvell Wallace Flourish Agenda