Higher Education Architecture
Our team of architects dedicated to higher education environments interacts with academic institutions at critical junctures in their history, helping with visioning and shaping their campuses for current and future communities of learners. We approach our work through the lens of the student experience and its direct relationship to student success. Today’s colleges and universities are faced with some real challenges, such as student retention, faculty recruitment, and the integration of new technologies into aging facilities. We collaborate with our academic clients to reframe these into opportunities to re-imagine what is possible.
Ratcliff has planned and designed a wide range of academic environments as new and renovated facilities and applies our knowledge of the most current design trends with lessons learned. Our portfolio includes general and specialized classrooms, libraries, research and teaching labs, maker spaces, administrative offices and wellness centers.
The University of California, California Community College System, California State University, Private Universities and Colleges. Clients include UC Berkeley; UC Davis; UC San Francisco; UC Hastings College of the Law; UC Riverside; UC Santa Barbara; UCD San Diego; UC Santa Cruz; UC Irvine; Foothill-DeAnza Community College District; Contra Costa Community College District; Peralta Community College District; Monterey Peninsula College; Hartnell Community College; CSU East Bay; San Jose State University; CSU Humboldt; St. Mary’s College of California; Notre Dame de Namur University; Pacific School of Religion; Holy Names College; University of Oregon; Stanford University; Santa Clara University; Samuel Merritt University; Saint Patricks Seminary; Mills College; Golden Gate University; Dominican University; and University of the Pacific.
The project seamlessly melds old and new, creating a sense of coherent space the law school never experienced before. The overall design has had a powerful impact on the life of the school.
It can be challenging to have program values be realized. Yet, with good collaboration, we were able to achieve excellent results. The building is welcoming with inviting spaces for students. Students use the space for a broad spectrum of wellness opportunities. There is also lots of natural light, which creates a comforting environment and saves energy.
The design magnificently presents the dignity of the Bancroft Library. The newly opened hallway between the Bancroft Library and the Doe Library Annex with its Beaux-Arts design is critical in tying the new and old spaces together.
Ratcliff’s exemplary programming and design services led to their selection on several projects for the District. I can count on their approach: enthusiastic and productive discussions with the faculty and staff to develop the best programming; thoughtful solutions to technical problems; and commitment to the highest design standards.
Ratcliff has surpassed our expectations for this project. Your talented team executed a thoughtful programming process that resulted in a level of planning that left few surprises or changes. The design of the building sets the campus apart, but at the same time blends beautifully with the existing neighborhood.