Today’s educators are challenged to provide academic settings that inspire a lifelong love of learning. Mindful of finite resources and increasing program demands in the K-12 environment, our academic architects create flexible, technology rich, learning environments that transform quickly to support multiple modes of learning and uses – and to be adaptable to new, varied program uses in the future. Our primary objective is to understand what makes a school unique and how, architecturally, we can support that philosophy through our planning process and design efforts.
Ratcliff is well-versed in master planning, site planning, adaptive re-use and renovation, and new construction for Bay Area independent schools (denominational and non-denominational). Our portfolio demonstrates sustainable achievements in the planning and design of classrooms, libraries, conference rooms, faculty offices and administration areas, science labs, performing arts/ event centers, auditoriums, cafeterias and other specialized facilities both as new and renovated facilities. We have also successfully guided numerous independent schools through complex neighbor and City negotiations that have included increases in square footage, land use permit revisions, changes to parking and circulation, increases in student enrollment, and modifications to historic or contextual buildings and campuses.
The College Preparatory School, De La Salle High School, Junipero Serra High School, Carondelet High School, Notre Dame High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, Marin Academy, Blue Oak School, Proof School, Prospect Sierra School, Seven Hills School, Athenian School, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, Genentech, Head Royce, La Scuola International School, Charles Armstrong School, St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, St. Raymond School, St. Vincent de Paul School, and Seneca Center
Ratcliff strives to work in a team oriented approach to establish and maintain design and planning concepts, budgets, and schedules. They pay close attention to the steps necessary to insure a clear process while minimizing conflicts. It has been a pleasure to work with the firm.
College Prep and Ratcliff share the realization that buildings themselves can teach. Through our partnership we learned firsthand how the basic elements of green building design can be creatively integrated to create spaces that consciously optimize land, energy and water use.
Ratcliff, with years of combined and wide-ranging experience are active, patient listeners. ‘Partner’ is perhaps overused these days, but with Ratcliff that’s what indeed happens. Our recent master planning exercise involved a spectrum of stakeholders whose inputs and opinions were respectfully gathered. Now we’re on the verge of launching our campaign!
Working with Ratcliff Associates has been a wonderful experience. They are excellent listeners, sensitive to the culture of our organization. With imagination and innovation, Ratcliff designed a new building that well met our needs, and exemplified the intersection of our mission, practice, and facility. The final product was very much state-of-the-art. I would recommend them without hesitation.
Ratcliff was a true partner in the revision of our campus master plan. They listened deeply to our school's various stakeholders, especially our teachers, students, and curriculum leaders. Our Science and Art Building and our Aquatics Facility are state of the art, beautifully designed, and exemplify our school's core values and highest aspirations.