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Our Design Philosophy

Ratcliffe Architects is a 25-year-old firm housed in a historically quaint train station located in Stevenson, MD. But our unique surroundings aren’t the only thing exceptional about us. We approach each project as a collaborative process that embraces our clients’ aesthetic, lifestyle, and budgetary goals. We employ technologies through 2-D and 3-D renderings and videos so our clients can see their dream projects come to life. We dedicate ourselves to having the highest standards of creative, architectural and design services. The happiness of our clients is our team’s collective goal.

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What We Do

Our mission is to provide a fresh, responsive approach in concert with today's design process. Great design begins with team dialogue and owner involvement. We are listeners and prioritize understanding of each client’s circumstances and goals. Whether a residential or commercial project, our holistic approach guides our clients from early-stage planning and due diligence, through construction completion.

"Architecture is painting a picture around a program.  If it's successful functionally, the beauty follows."
Peter Ratcliffe

Our Services

Residential Studio

Our residential studio recognizes that every project demands a uniquely tailored plan. We work closely with our clients to define and realize their ideals, while meeting their needs through customized solutions such as site location development and style of home. Our residential architects have had many high-profile projects over the years, giving us the knowledge, experience, and reputation of outstanding work with the following: 

    New Homes


    Pool Houses


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Commercial Studio

Our commercial studio is fully immersed in each stage of the commercial design process from site analysis and land planning, through construction documents and administration. We serve a variety of clients small business owners, real estate developers, non-profit organizations, and commercial franchises.  

We focus on private commercial sector and have experience with the following:

    Adaptive Reuse, Renovations & Additions, New Construction

    Retail Building Design and Fit Outs

    Restaurants, Bars, Cafes

    Recreational & Clubs


    Franchise and Shell Buildings

    Single & Multi-family residential

What We Can Do For You

Our dedicated team of architects work collaboratively in a creative and personal approach to architecture and design for your projects.


 Our services to achieve the project goals include:

    Master Planning

    Renderings (2D & 3D)

    Flythrough Video Renderings

    Programming & Space Planning

    Schematic Design & Design Development

    Construction Drawings and Specifications

    Code Analysis & Feasibility Studies

    Field verification & as-built documentation

    Construction Administration

    Bid Negotiations and Contract Administration

    Permit Submission & Expediting

    Project & Schedule Management (single projects & multi-projects        for developers)

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Meet Our Team

The Baltimore architecture firm of Ratcliffe Architects was formed to focus on client customization, specifically with private commercial development and custom high-end residential projects. Since 2000, the thriving firm has grown largely through reputation and referral business and offers the services of architectural professionals, drafting services as well as administrative staff. 

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