Comprehensive understanding and ongoing research in support of specific solutions

Sustainability is central to the history of design innovation at RATCLIFF, where sensitivity to the environment has always guided design. Our efforts extend beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture to encompass the total environmental impact of our clients' organizations, all inputs and outflows, in order to define and understand the nature of the relationship between the enterprise and the environment. This analysis, sustainability planning, provides the basis for long term implementation strategies that delineate a clear pathway to a sustainable future. 

Our approach to, green architecture┬Ł is informed by this larger vision of sustainability, leading us to new solutions and architectural expression that is premised on environmental synergy. This is an architecture that is pioneering, in keeping with the legacy of the firm.

This drive is manifested through several sustainability initiatives undertaken by RATCLIFF over the years:

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  • Sustainble Building Design
  • System Wide Sustainability Planning
  • LEED Compliance
  • Green Globes Evaluation
  • Living Building Design
  • Alternative Energy and Wastewater Consulting


Brian Feagans
Kit Ratcliff

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 

Kit Ratcliff, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP


B. Architecture, cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, 1968

Licensed Architect, California, #C-8321, 1975

(510) 899-6444

Client List

  • Alameda County Medical Center: Highland Hospital
  • College Preparatory School
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District
  • John Muir Health: John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek Campus
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
  • Marin Academy
  • Peralta Community College District: Berkeley City College
  • Santa Clara County: Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose
  • Santa Clara County: Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose
  • University of California Berkeley
  • Windrush School