01 Nov Ratliff awarded with AIA California Council Firm of the Year Award
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces the 2005 recipients of the Firm of the Year Award, the most significant honor awarded to a firm by the AIACC. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in architectural design as expressed in a body of work produced by a California architectural firm for a period of 10 years or more. In addition, this award recognizes firms who have consistently produced distinguished architecture and have contributed to the advancement of the profession in areas of design, research, planning, technology, preservation and innovation. This is the first time in AIACC’s history that there have been two Firm of the Year recipients. The Firm of the Year Award was announced to Ratcliff and Morphosis architectural firms at the AIACC’s 23rd Annual Awards Presentation.
The Ratcliff firm, with Kit Ratcliff as President, was founded in 1906 by Walter H. Ratliff, Jr., AIA, in Berkeley, CA. Ratcliff has shown the ability to survive two World Wars, the Great Depression and economic booms and busts. Ratcliff remains a leader in the architectural community today. The Firm’s culture energizes the individual designer to contribute to a team effort and is dedicated to improving the built environment through design excellence and a sincere interest in helping others.
As a sole practitioner, Walter Ratcliff designed over 300 buildings. The firm has an estimated 5,000 structures to its credit. Their legacy creates a social contract with the community to deliver thoughtful solutions rooted in the firm’s values. “Buildings should grow old gracefully, and should be thought through all the way,”stated Walter Ratcliff. The firm has gained the trust of its clients by providing strategic planning that moves beyond today’s problems and seeks to provide a framework for resolving future challenges. Seeking to enter projects at the consulting stage, Ratcliff leads clients in exploration of all available options in the building decision-making process.
Some of Ratcliff’s accomplishments include; Mills College Master Plan and Design, Oakland, CA, American Trust/Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Building, Berkeley, CA, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, Berkeley Firehouse No. 4, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport Terminal 2, Oakland, CA, and the University of Oregon Science Complex.
The Awards Jury stated, “Ratcliff’s commitment to their employees is great, and they offer a wide range of building types, such as, schools, medical, etc., with three generations of the family involved in architecture. Ratcliff’s optimism is infectious.”