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TRUSTED TRANSLATORS: CO-CREATING THROUGH CULTURE, ARTS AND DESIGN JUSTICE
Prescott Reavis (Kulima) and Fernando Martí (Council of Community Housing Organizations) describe their architectural practices embedded in and accountable to communities. Their work ranges from the co-production of liberatory spaces from East Oakland to Detroit, to youth arts practices and planning demands in SF’s Mission District, that have shaped community-owned and controlled spaces and housing.
ABOUT FERNANDO MARTI
Fernando Marti is co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), a coalition of community- and faith-based developers and housing justice advocates. CCHO’s mission is to foster the development of permanently affordable housing under community control and through non-speculative means of ownership. Prior to CCHO, Fernando was an architect at Asian Neighborhood Design, and before that, at Mission Housing Development Corporation, Urban Ecology, and Jacobson Silverstein Winslow Degenhardt Architects. He holds a joint Masters degree in Architecture and City & Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and has taught design and development studios at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. An immigrant from rural Ecuador, he grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, and has lived in San Francisco since the early 90s. Fernando is also a writer and poet, an exhibiting printmaker and altar/installation artist, and a member of the Justseeds artists collective. His community arts and architecture practice centers on envisioning a Latinx futurism grounded in ancestral traditions.
ABOUT PRESCOTT REAVIS
Prescott Reavis is an Oakland-based Spatial Activist, architect, planner, and award-winning educator who has merged over 20 years of experience in architecture, planning, and education to develop and construct inclusive communities internationally, focusing on equitable design and planning justice. Prescott leads, Kulima an Oakland-based community design, planning, + educational strategy practice focused on co-creating child-friendly cities. We have specific expertise in developing place-based educational programs and projects, centering on developing critical thinking, collaboration, and STEAM skills. We increase young people's civic agency to foster just, healthy and joyful neighborhoods where they will thrive.
Mr. Reavis served as the Director of Community Planning and Project Manager for the nationally renowned Public Interest Design Organization AND Architecture + Community Planning. He was an Associate and Director of Student Internships at Anshen + Allen Architects (now Stantec). Prescott is an experienced educator with over fifteen years of practice from elementary school through university students. For twelve years, he has taught at UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools Y-PLAN program as a consultant, and last fall, he was an adjunct lecturer at Howard University School of Architecture. Mr. Reavis earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Education from Howard University and completed certificates in Applications in Technology in Planning and Community Design and Development from San Jose State University, Masters of Urban Planning program focusing on integrating youth in the planning and design processes.