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Lin Kilpatrick

Lin has over 40 years of experience as an architect developing the master planning and design for mental health and justice related facilities across Australia and in New Zealand. His work has included both mainstream and secure mental health, with a focus on facility needs for forensic psychiatric services. He has worked extensively in the justice arena on prisons – adult and youth, male and female and the design of courts. His work is driven by gaining a thorough understanding about peoples’ needs, the activities to be accommodated and the processes and services that guide the overall design framework and generate balanced solutions.


He was part of the team that pioneered the introduction of campus prison design in Australia and New Zealand. He is committed to researching cost- and outcome-effective prison models and secure therapeutic physical settings to support special needs sentenced and remand groups and prisoners dealing with mental illness.


Lin has visited in the vicinity of 150 operational facilities across the Australasian region and worldwide to gain an understanding about how other jurisdictions deliver services and develop facility infrastructure. He continues to investigate and research new models of service delivery and facility being developed around the country and overseas.

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B.Arch -  University of The Witwatersrand South Africa 


Professional Associations

Registered Architect - WA (1978 to 2012) 

Professional Development

Lectures, discussion papers and presentations concerning the design of courts, prisons and secure mental health facilities to a range of organisations including:


  • Edith Cowan University justice studies course WA

  • Graduate School of Architecture University of Western Australia

  • Justice Victoria - Corrections assets group

  • Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services Western Australia

  • New Zealand Department of Corrections    

Prisons Design and Construction Conference - Melbourne October 2007

‘Establishing a Framework to Guide Innovation for the Design of Correctional Facilities into the Future’

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