Remembering Prescott Reavis: A champion of Black excellence and mentorship within architecture

Prescott Reavis Photo from Archinect
Prescott Reavis NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, SEED

By Katherine Guimapang of Archinect

Within the architecture industry, there are individuals who work tirelessly to not only design impactful buildings but who aim to represent the people, places, and community that their work serves. Prescott Reavis was more than just a Black architect. He was an advocate, a mentor, and a formidable force for equitable design practices. On February 8, 2022, Reavis sadly passed away. 

The Oakland-based practitioner was a man of many talents and specialties. For over 20 years, his works as a spatial activist, architect, planner, and educator could be seen throughout his involvement with organizations across the nation, specifically in the Oakland/San Francisco area.