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Sustainability is a key tenet and integral part of our design process. Buildings should embody what Marcus Vitruvius Pollio defined as “Firmness, Commodity and Delight,” (Ten Books of Architecture, 27 B.C.). They should be designed to respond to a specific site, climate and sun course. They should achieve these principles in a manner that does not overburden communities, budgets or the environment.

At Boone Low Ratliff Architects, Inc., we strive to design spaces that accommodate the many facets of people's lives. We see our role as that of integrators. We seek to find the balance between the needs and resources of our clients and our world.

Our mission is to encourage our clients to imagine the possibilities and to help them achieve their goals so that they can get to the business of living.


Jacquelyn Low has passed the rigorous international exam to become a Certified Passive House Designer. She took the international passive house training course from the smashing Passive House Academy staff fall 2011. "I am thrilled to have passed this exam. It is excellent training and I'm a greener Architect having achieved the certification."

The Live Oak Resource Center has been awarded a LEED Platinum rating, a first in Santa Cruz County. This building is also the 10,000th project to receive LEED certification in the United States, a significant milestone for the U.S. Green Building Council.

"This award affirms Boone Low Ratliff Architects' long-standing commitment to creating sustainable architecture. We are grateful to the County of Santa Cruz, the clients and staff of the Live Oak Resource Center, and the talented members of our project team for partnering with us to achieve this goal."


Waldorf School Concept Sketch