July 12, 2010


With great sadness the Access Board learned that one of its former members, Denis Pratt, R.A., AIA, passed away suddenly on July 7.

Denis was named to the Board by President George Bush in 2001 and was reappointed to a second term that ended in 2007. He greatly appreciated his time on the Board where he regularly shared his extensive expertise in architecture and accessible design. While on the Board, Denis was a strong advocate of greater outreach to the design community and of efforts to improve the education of architects in accessibility. He also led the Board's effort to develop comprehensive guidance on access to courthouses through an advisory committee. Denis considered his time on the Board, and his work with the Courthouse Access Advisory Committee, true highlights of his long career.

For almost 20 years, Denis served as an architect and access design specialist at Alpha One, an independent living center in South Portland, Maine. As Alpha One's resident expert in barrier-free design, he was involved in hundreds of access design consultations and provided guidance to the public on accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws on a regular basis. Before joining Alpha One, he had worked with the Maine State Housing Authority and the State of Maine Office of Energy Resources. He had over 35 years of experience as an architect in both the private and public sectors and had earned his degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marcia Pratt of Kennebunk, his sons Geoffrey Denis Pratt and Timothy Pratt, and his daughter Emily Jane Pratt. A memorial visitation and celebration of life service were held July 11 in Kennebunk, Maine. Donations in his honor can be made to Alpha One, 127 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106.