Douglas Strout Joins Ratcliff Architects

Emeryville, Calif. – Doug Strout, AIA, a broadly experienced healthcare designer and planner possessing an extensive portfolio of inpatient hospital and ambulatory care facilities with specialization in cancer care design and hospital master planning, has joined RATCLIFF, architects serving healthcare, academic and civic clients through the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Strout joins as Principal of the firm.


“We are delighted that Doug has joined the Ratcliff Healthcare team and are eager to share his national and California experience with our clients,” said Chris Naughton the co-director of our healthcare practice. “Doug has a deep understanding of market forces and trends in healthcare and the challenges that providers face, informing the forward-looking planning and design strategies we offer our clients.”

Doug has joined RATCLIFF from KMD Architects, San Francisco, where he was Principal and Healthcare Director overseeing the planning and design for projects ranging from ambulatory care facilities, hospital seismic upgrades, women’s and children’s health, surgical suites, emergency services, inpatient units and oncology to hospital modernization master plans and replacement hospital implementation.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and began his career in the early 1980s with firms in Maryland and Massachusetts. He was a healthcare principal with The Ritchie Organization in Newton, MA until relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 to join KMD.

As an extension of his passion for the design of cancer research and treatment facilities and the future evolution of hospital campuses, Doug is a frequent public speaker, addressing professional conferences on topics including the future of cancer care design and comprehensive master planning.

Headquartered in Northern California and in continuous operation since 1906, RATCLIFF provides architecture, master planning, interior design and sustainability consulting services to academic, healthcare and civic clients throughout the Western United States. RATCLIFF is architect of the Stanford Health Cancer Center South Bay in San Jose (recently completed), Valley Health Center in Downtown San Jose (nearing completion), Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion of Washington Hospital in Fremont; Northbay Health’s Expansion project in Fairfield, (both under construction); Alameda County’s Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower Replacement and a Student Wellness Center for San Jose State University (both recently completed). In addition, Ratcliff’s healthcare clients include Sutter Health; John Muir Health, Walnut Creek; ValleyCare Medical System, Pleasanton; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.; Adventist Health and Dignity Health. RATCLIFF is the recipient of the Firm of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council. Visit

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