Black Kids in Outer Space. Prescott Reavis. Episode 30.

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Prescott Reavis is an Oakland based spatial activist, designer, planner and educator who has merged his 20 years of experiences in architecture, planning, and education to develop and construct inclusive communities throughout the nation with a focus on design equity and planning justice. Prescott’s experience includes being an Associate and Director of Student Internships for the internationally acclaimed design firm Ashen+Allen now known as Stantec, he completed over 4 million square feet of award winning construction, where he focused on Healthcare and Academic projects for 13 years; his completed projects included the Veterans Hospital in Seattle, Washington; the planning and design of the LEED Gold, Energy Center for the University of California’s San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay and completion of the first ground up in the State of California, LEED Sliver Certified Laguna Honda Hospital, the country’s largest publicly owned and operated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, Santa Clara County Medical Center’s Specialty Medical Office Building, the Sesimic Master Plan for Stanford’s School of Medicine and academic research buildings for UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and The University of Missouri in Columbia. Before Anshen +Allen, Prescott spent four years working for HLM Design in Portland Oregon, and San Francisco.

He moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to establish a new HLM office in San Francisco. While at HLM, Prescott completed the Master Plan for California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, The Pediatric Specialty Ward for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, The Master Plan for Delano Regional Medical Center and The New Main Entry and Ambulatory Care Center for St. John’s Medical Center in Longview, WA. Currently, Mr. Reavis is The Director of Community Planning and a Project Manager for the nationally recognized, nonprofit AND Architecture + Community Planning, in San Francisco where he provides community engagement, planning, design services and advocacy for non-profits, small business and community based organizations as well as linking design with workforce development projects. Prescott’s current projects including redesigning the waiting rooms of all the Community Behavioral Health Services clinics for The San Francisco Department of Public Services; Community Engagement, Visioning and Planning for the Black Cultural Zone in Oakland; Planning and Design of a new childcare facility; and Tenant Interior Projects for several non-profits.

Prescott is an award-winning youth educator having taught over fifteen years with students from elementary school through high school on architecture, planning, culture, and sustainability. He has served as the Co-Chair of the AIA San Francisco Mentorship Committee, A founding member of the San Francisco Chapter of National Organization of Minority Architects (SFNOMA), the Vice President of SFNOMA, and the NOMA University Liaison for the West, Chair of the NOMA National Student Competition and of NOMA’s Project Pipeline. Presently, Mr. Reavis is Teaching Artist for Youth Art Exchange leading the Design + Build Introduction to Architecture and Construction course to San Francisco High School students, a Youth Plan Learn Action Now! (Y-PLAN) consultant and was named a Y-Plan Hero from UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools for his work with Malcolm X Academy in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco over the last decade. He is a founder and current director of Project Pipeline San Francisco, an architecture and community planning camp for middle school students focusing on creating the next generation of minority spatial activist and civically engaged designers; he was recently presented the Mentor Award by AIA SF.

Mr. Reavis is accredited in Sustainable Design, certified in Social Economic Environmental Design and has completed all of his Architecture Registration Exams, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Education from Howard University, he was honored with the Alpha Rho Ci medal for his dedication to youth education and mentoring in the DC community. Prescott has completed certificates in Applications in Technology in Planning and Community Design and Development at San Jose State University, where he is completing his Masters in Urban Planning, his thesis is creating recommended policies and programs to engage youth on all public planning and building projects for the City of Oakland, California. Prescott is passionate about collaborating and empowering communities to lead the improvements of their neighborhoods and cities to create holistic sustainable communities and fostering confidence in youth to have them understand that through education, hard work, dedication, and cooperation they can become leaders in improving their block, neighborhood and city, as well as helping to diversify the professions of architecture and planning through community based projects and initiatives.

 

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