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RATCLIFF Promotes Eleven Staff Members - December 3, 2007


RATCLIFF, the longest-lived architectural firm in the San Francisco Bay Area and AIA California’s 2005 Firm of the Year, promoted Heidi Bilodeau and Lynn Drover, CID, IIDA, to senior associate. Additionally, the firm promoted Jorge Burbano, RA, Brian Feagans, NCARB, LEED® AP, Arline Hernández, Heather Kilday, Elizabeth O’Hara, Bonnie Thomas, CID, IIDA, LEED® AP, Day Thomson, AIA, Kevin M. Thornton, AIA, and Chellene Wood to associate. RATCLIFF (www.ratcliffarch.com) provides a broad array of architectural, interior design, and planning services to healthcare, academic, and civic clients throughout the Western United States.


“We recognize these individuals for their commitment to client service and design excellence,” said Christopher P. Ratcliff, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP, president. “They have contributed to the firm’s success and are valued members of the team leading RATCLIFF into the future.”


Senior Associates

Heidi Bilodeau’s role as director of marketing encompasses brand management and coordination of business development strategies with principals for RATCLIFF’s healthcare, academic and civic practice area groups. Bilodeau is RATCLIFF’s Alliance Coordinator for the Global Design Alliance.  In 2002, she chaired the Graphics Committee for the inaugural Founders Awards of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Bilodeau has been an SMPS member since 1998 and she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993.


A healthcare interior designer, Lynn Drover, CID, IIDA, is a strong advocate for designing healing environments that concurrently contribute to patient outcomes and support and re-energize the medical staff. She is working on the program, remodel and expansion of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California. Drover also led the interior design team for the renovation of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Family Education and Resource Center in Oakland, California, and has fulfilled public speaking engagements on the topics of sustainable hospital design and the health effects of acoustics. She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from San Francisco State University in 1977 and has worked toward a certificate in healthcare design from Canada College.


Associates

Jorge Burbano, RA, serves as project designer for RATCLIFF and has more than 18 years of architectural design experience. He is currently guiding the design of several projects, including the Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo and Golden Gate University’s Law Library and 40 Jesse Street Renovation and Expansion in San Francisco. Recently completed projects include Prospect Sierra Center for the Arts in El Cerrito and De La Salle High School Student Center in Walnut Creek. Burbano has been awarded the American Institute of Architects Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América in 1985 and his master’s degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico in 1990.


Winner of several architectural fellowships, Brian Feagans, NCARB, LEED® AP, seeks to design structures that support and enrich the lives of their inhabitants. He is the project designer for the innovative, environmentally sensitive design of a classroom addition at Windrush School in El Cerrito. He is currently leading the design of projects at the Athenian School in Danville and Saklan Valley School in Moraga. His additional projects include the new Performing Arts Building at Prospect-Sierra School in El Cerrito and Doe Library Annex at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his bachelor’s degree in architectural studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1992 and his master’s degree in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1994.


Arline Hernández is a senior accounts manager at RATCLIFF who has recently reached the milestone of her 20th anniversary with the firm. She is responsible for cost tracking on a number of the firm’s significant projects, and is an integral member of project teams. Hernández holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph College, in West Hartford, CT.


Heather Kilday is a project architect at RATCLIFF who coordinates with city and county agencies and community groups in addition to researching unique products to fulfill client design requirements. Her recent emphasis has been on healthcare architecture and her projects include the expansion and remodel of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, the new ambulatory care center at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, and several projects for ValleyCare Health System in Pleasanton, California. Kilday earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada in 1994.


Elizabeth O’Hara is office manager and publicity liaison for the firm. Her 30-year career in the architectural industry began at RATCLIFF. Subsequent tenures at AIA San Francisco and as an independent communications consultant culminated in her return to RATCLIFF in 1997. She recently coordinated the firm’s centennial celebration and was project manager for the commemorative book about the firm published this year. She is an honorary member of AIA San Francisco.


An interior designer for academic, healthcare and civic projects, Bonnie Thomas, CID, IIDA, LEED® AP,  has devoted much of her 20-year career to sustainable design practices. She is a winner of the AIA 2002 Design Awards and served as primary Sustainability Consultant to the City of San Jose. Thomas’ current projects include the new Cancer Treatment Center at Kaiser Permanente’s South San Francisco location, Filippi Hall at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, and the replacement of Yuba City Fire Station No. 4.  She received her associate’s degree in interior design from American River College in 1975 and her bachelor’s degree in interior design from San Jose State University in 1979.

Day Thomson, AIA, is a project architect with more than 25 years of experience. A specialist in construction documentation, she focuses on healthcare projects. She is currently working on the Breast Health Center and Family Resource Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, seismic upgrades for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, the expansion and remodel of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, and seismic upgrades for Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek. Thomson earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Bryn Mawr College in 1969 and her professional bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Boston Architectural Center in 1980.


With 20 years of architectural and interior design experience, Kevin Thornton, AIA, serves as a senior project architect for RATCLIFF. He is the winner of the Francis Ward Chandler Achievement in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Thornton’s current projects include seismic corrections and programmatic improvements to the Doe Library Annex at University of California, Berkeley, and the new ambulatory Care Center at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982 and his master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988.


Chellene Wood is RATCLIFF’s marketing manager. She coordinates business development efforts for the firm by participating in weekly strategic marketing meetings, orchestrating client presentations, and writing proposals and collateral materials. Wood is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and its Forums Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Chico State University in 1981 and studied interior design and art history at the College of Marin and Canada College from 1983-1986.