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Ratcliff names new principals and associates, September 2013


Ratcliff announces the promotion of PETER TSUGAWA to principal of the firm and of KATY TAYLOR FORD and GARY JERECZEK to associate principal.  Ratcliff has also promoted BRIAN FEAGANS to senior associate and MINNING GAO, LISA MENIKETTI and NINA PAKANANT to associate. The award-winning firm (ratcliffarch.com) provides architecture, interior design and planning services to healthcare, academic and civic clients throughout the Western United States.

Architect PETER TSUGAWA, AIA (Principal) has 28 years of experience and leads technically challenging projects for healthcare and academic clients.  He is currently principal in charge and project manager on multiple renovation projects for Sutter Health at their Merritt, Summit, Alta Bates and Herrick campuses in Oakland and Berkeley; for their Mills Peninsula Health Services campuses on the Peninsula; for their East Bay Medical Foundation clinics in Oakland, Brentwood and Orinda; and for the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation’s OBGYN clinic in San Francisco.  Other clients include John Muir Health, Alameda Hospital, ValleyCare Health System and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. Tsugawa earned a B.A., Architecture in 1983 from UC Berkeley.  He joined Ratcliff in 1998.


Interior Architect KATY TAYLOR FORD (Associate Principal) has 23 years of experience with a focus on interior design elements of form, function, scale and comfort for hospitals and medical office buildings.  Selected projects include the South Bay Cancer Center for Stanford Hospital in San Jose, California; Primary Care, OB/GYN and Outpatient clinics for Sutter Health in the greater Bay Area; master plan and renovation projects for ValleyCare Health System, Pleasanton; and a 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.  She joined Ratcliff in 2009.


Architect GARY JERECZEK, AIA (Associate Principal) has over 30 years of experience and is project manager and planner for a number of the firm’s notable healthcare and academic projects.  Selected projects include the Student Health and Counseling Services Building for San Jose State University and the San Jose Downtown Health Center.  New and renovated projects with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan include medical office buildings in San Mateo and Petaluma; the South San Francisco Cancer Treatment Center; and surgery and clinic expansions to Kaiser’s Richmond campus.  Academic clients include UC Davis with their Tupper Hall Laboratory Renovation, a new Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory and the Western Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA.  He recently won the commission from Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, for their Environmental Education Center.  Jereczek earned a M.A. Architecture in 1981 from UC Berkeley.  He joined Ratcliff in 1997.


Architect BRIAN FEAGANS, NCARB, LEED AP (Senior Associate) has 19 years of experience and leads the integration of sustainability principles into all of the firm’s projects and has managed the master plan, design and construction of many of the firm’s K-12 schools in the Bay Area including the LEED Platinum Classroom/Library addition for Windrush School in El Cerrito, the Marin Academy in San Rafael, and the Saklan School in Moraga.  Other noteworthy K-12 projects include new and renovated projects for Escuela Bilingue International in Emeryville; The Athenian School in Danville, Valley Christian School in Dublin, Prospect Sierra School in El Cerrito and the College Preparatory School in Oakland.  He earned a M. Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1994 and a B.S. Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1992.  He joined Ratcliff in 2003.


Architect MINNING GAO, AIA, (Associate) has 23 years of experience with an emphasis on technologically complex health care projects.  Selected projects include the Student Health and Counseling Services Building for San Jose State University and the San Jose Downtown Health Center.  New and renovated projects with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. include a new medical office building in San Mateo, a new cancer center in South San Francisco, and a new ambulatory surgery center in Folsom, California.  Other clients at Ratcliff include California Pacific Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  She earned a M. Urban Design/Urban Planning from San Jose State University, 1996; did graduate studies in urban design at Pratt Institute, 1991-92; and holds a B. Architecture from Jinning Professional University, China, 1985.  She joined Ratcliff in 2005.


Architect LISA MENIKETTI, AIA, LEED AP (Associate); has 28 years of experience in diverse project types with current responsibilities involving pre-design through construction administration for the ongoing Acute Tower Replacement project at Highland Hospital, Oakland.  Her breadth of experience in academic projects includes the Law Library expansion, 40 Jessie Street renovation and addition, and 536 Mission Street renovation for Golden Gate University, San Francisco; the Media & Learning Center at DeAnza College, Cupertino, and the new Filippi Hall, School of Education at Saint Mary’s College, Moraga.  She holds a B.A. Architecture from UC Berkeley, 1985.  She joined Ratcliff in 2005.


Designer NINA PAKANANT, LEED AP (Associate) has eight years of experience and is fluent in graphic perspective renderings and 3-D modeling as well as producing construction documents. She provides design support across the spectrum of Ratcliff project types.  Selected projects include the South Addition and Renovation at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she coordinated the LEED documentation process; the Law Library Expansion at Golden Gate University, and master plans and various K-12 projects with The College Preparatory School, Windrush School, Marin Academy and Prospect Sierra.  She holds a B.A. Architecture from UC Berkeley, 2005 and joined Ratcliff that year.


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.