Innovative Learning Environments to Support Diverse Educational Philosophies

Today's educators are challenged to provide academic settings that inspire a lifelong love of learning. RATCLIFF has a century of experience in designing inspirational academic facilities that reinforce each school's unique educational philosophy. Through a collaborative discovery process during which we listen to teachers, administrators, and families, we explore new design strategies. In the process, we develop long-term relationships with our academic clients. Long after the ribbon-cutting, our clients call on RATCLIFF as a trusted advisor to assist in maintaining and renovating their facilities.

RATCLIFF creates learning environments for elementary, middle and upper schools that engage and challenge the young learners entrusted to our K-12 clients. We are recognized for our design innovations in classrooms, libraries, science facilities, gymnasiums, student centers, auditoriums, and outdoor environments.


  • Programming
  • Master Planning & Design 
  • Architecture 
  • Interiors 


Dan Wetherell
Brian Feagans
Jorge Burbano

Dan Wetherell, AIA

Principal, Business Development - K-12 Practice Area

M. Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
B. Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Licensed Architect, California, #C-18257, 1987

(510) 899-6467

Brian Feagans, NCARB, LEED AP

Senior Associate

M. Architecture University of California, Berkeley, 1994
B.S. Architectural Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1992

Licensed Architect, California, #C-128665, 2001

(510) 899-6491

Jorge Burbano, LEED AP

Senior Associate, Designer

Graduate Studies in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
M. Architecture, University of New Mexico, 1990
B.A. Architecture, Universidad Autonoma de Centro America, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1985

Registered Architect, Colorado, #ARC-203081, 1994

(510) 899-6415

Client List

  • Athenian School
  • Berkeley Rose School
  • Berkeley Unified School District
  • Blue Oak School
  • Carondelet High School
  • College Preparatory School
  • Community Youth Center
  • De La Salle High School
  • East Bay Activity Center
  • Escuela Bilingue Internacional
  • Genentech
  • Head Royce School
  • Junipero Serra High School
  • Justin-Siena High School
  • La Scuola International School
  • Livermore High School
  • Marin Academy
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Proof School
  • Prospect Sierra School
  • Rosa Parks School
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Sage Ridge School
  • Saklan Valley School
  • Seneca Center
  • Seven Hills School
  • St. Matthew Catholic School
  • St. Raymond School
  • Valley Christian School
  • Windrush School