Ratcliff Architecture News

RATCLIFF Announces Staff Promotions; Marks 105th Anniversary. July 6, 2011

RATCLIFF promoted John Sealander, project manager to the firm’s healthcare practice group, to senior associate, architects Katy Ford, Young-Jae Kim and Ben Levi to associate, and designer Christopher Young to associate. The promotions were announced last month at a ceremony also marking RATCLIFF’s 105th anniversary. The award-winning firm provides a broad array of architectural, interior design and planning services to healthcare, academic and civic clients throughout the Western United States.

John E. Sealander, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C, has 25 years of experience in architecture for health care and is the senior project manager for Ratcliff’s health care practice area. He is project manager for the Outpatient Building with the design-build team of Clark, SmithGroup, RATCLIFF and Shah Kawasaki on the Highland Hospital replacement project for the County of Alameda. Sealander joined Ratcliff in 2009. He earned both his master’s degree (1979) and his bachelor’s degree in architecture (1969) from the University of California, Berkeley.


Architect Katy Taylor Ford has 19 years of experience in design and management for Healthcare, Multi-family housing and commercial interiors. Since joining RATCLIFF in 2009 she has assisted with the master plan and emergency department studies for ValleyCare Medical Center, Pleasanton; tenant relocations for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland; renovation and seismic upgrade for Alameda Hospital, Alameda; and design of the new rehabilitation therapy gymnasium and cafeteria for John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. Ford earned her bachelor of design from the School of Architecture, University of Florida in 1986 and her master of architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989.


Architect Young Jae Kim, LEED AP, has extensive experience in the design and technical development of health care facilities.  She joined RATCLIFF in 2005 and has contributed to the design and documentation of projects including John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek; Kaiser Foundation Hospital at Folsom Ambulatory Surgery Center, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center at Oakland Outpatient Imaging Center, and the Acute Tower Replacement Project for Highland Hospital, County of Alameda, Oakland. She earned a bachelor in architectural engineering from Dong-A University, Busan, Korea in 1993 and her master of science in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1998.

Architect Ben Levi, LEED AP, joined RATCLIFF in 2007 and has been senior project architect for the firm’s projects with the University of California at Berkeley School of Law from its master plan through supervision construction administration for the major South Addition, to be completed this August. He has 19 years of experience in architecture and design on a variety of project types including schools, transportation, civic, institutions and residences throughout the United States and Europe.  He earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1992. 

Designer Christopher Young has been with RATCLIFF since 2008 and has assisted in the design through development of construction documents, including graphic perspective renderings and 3-D modeling, of projects including University of California at Berkeley School of Law and Bancroft Library; the Physical Science and Engineering Center for Foothill College, Los Altos Hills; the Mediated Learning Center for DeAnza College, Cupertino; and the Acute Tower Replacement Project for Highland Hospital, County of Alameda, Oakland. Young earned a bachelor of science in finance from the University of Florida in 2003, and a master in architecture from the University of Oregon in 2007.

Headquartered in Emeryville, California, RATCLIFF is the winner of the 2005 Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects-California Council and numerous design awards. The third-generation architectural, planning and interiors firm employs a staff of 65 design professionals and is dedicated to designing sustainable structures in healthy balance with time, purpose and place.