RATCLIFF Announces New Leadership

Dan Wetherell is named president of RATCLIFF Architects and Christopher P. Ratcliff is now chairman of the board

The board of directors of The Ratcliff Architects, a California Corporation (RATCLIFF) has named Dan Wetherell, AIA, president, succeeding Christopher P. “Kit” Ratcliff, FAIA, who will now serve as chairman of the board. Ratcliff, 71, is the third generation leader of the region’s longest established architecture firm, founded by his grandfather Walter Ratcliff in 1906 and incorporated in 1961. The award-winning firm (ratcliffarch.com) based in Emeryville, CA provides architecture, interior design and planning services to healthcare, academic and civic clients throughout the Western United States.

Wetherell, 56, is the fifth person to serve as president since incorporation, following Kit Ratcliff, Peter Scott, Burns Cadwalader and Robert Ratcliff—Walter’s son and Kit’s father. He received both a Master’s degree in Architecture (1984) and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design (1982) from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a registered architect in California.

“Dan has been an integral part of the firm for nearly 30 years,” said Ratcliff. “He embodies our culture, our quest to discover the important design issues and our commitment to fulfill our clients’ pragmatic and humanizing aspirations. I know that as president his very high standards of design excellence will result in extraordinary outcomes for all of our projects.” Wetherell directs the firm’s K-12 academic practice, leading clients from master planning and programming through design, construction and post occupancy.

Long-standing clientele have worked with Wetherell over the decades as their campuses grew and changed to reflect evolving school missions and teaching philosophies. They include The Athenian School in Danville, CA, Head Royce School in Oakland, CA, Blue Oak School in Napa, CA, Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA, De La Salle High School in Walnut Creek, CA, and The Seven Hills School, also in Walnut Creek. Wetherell also participates in the firm’s higher education, healthcare, civic and faith-based practice areas with clients including the Universities of California and Oregon, the Veterans Administration, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA.

“I look forward to carrying on the RATCLIFF firm culture that has served us well, while moving the company in new directions to adapt to changes in the profession,” Wetherell said.

RATCLIFF also announces the promotion of MIKE MATSON to principal of the firm and CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON to associate principal. DIANA MIZUHARA was promoted to senior associate and JANET EVERETT to associate. Architect MIKE MATSON, AIA, LEED AP (Principal), with 25 years of experience, facilitates the firm’s technical leadership group and provides quality assurance oversight within the firm. His focus on technical assembly, specifications, code analysis, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Lean principals and sustainable design assures successful project delivery for the firm’s academic and healthcare institutions. Selected projects include Washington Hospital Healthcare System’s Morris Hyman Clinical Care Pavilion, a $220m / 224,000 sf building currently under construction in Fremont, CA, and the Media & Learning Center at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, that achieved LEED Platinum certification for New Construction from the USGBC. Matson’s clients also include UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley City College, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and California Pacific Medical Center. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UC Berkeley’s School of Architecture (1989) and joined the firm in 2002.

Architect CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON, AIA, (Associate Principal) has 30 years of experience and joined the firm in 2013 as Senior Medical Planner and co-director of the firm’s healthcare practice. He is the lead medical planner for the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion at Washington Hospital. Naughton’s clients also include Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and Dameron Hospital in Stockton. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Buffalo, New York (1984).

DIANA MIZUHARA (Senior Associate) has nearly three decades of accounting expertise and is charged with AP, AR, project budgeting and accounting, as well as benefits administration and HR for RATCLIF personnel. Mizuhara designs and manages the firm’s accounting systems on Deltek Vision, and carefully monitors the financial performance of each of the firm’s projects. She joined the firm in 1986.

JANET EVERETT (Associate) is a project facilitator working closely with project teams to ensure accurate, consistent, personable and timely processing of construction administration documentation. She is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA, and joined the firm in 2008.

In addition to Ratcliff, Wetherell, Matson and Naughton, the firm’s leadership group comprises principals Bill Blessing, David Dersch and Peter Tsugawa, and associate principals Katy Taylor Ford, Gary Jereczek and Joseph Nicola.

Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, RATCLIFF was named Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects-California Council and is the recipient of numerous design awards. Established in 1906, the 50-person architectural, planning and interiors firm is dedicated to designing sustainable structures in healthy balance with time, purpose and place. Visit ratcliffarch.com.

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