Higher Education Architecture

Transformative spaces grounded in student success

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.

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Building Evaluation

  • Programming

  • Architecture

  • Interior Design


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.