Founded in the nineteen-eighties, RipleyScoggin provides professional services in planning, architecture and interiors. Our practice model is designed to allow the owners of the firm Jim Scoggin and Cynthia Ripley to work directly on projects, in design and in the field. We often collaborate and team with other firms in order to pursue a broad range of challenging and rewarding projects. Such collaborations keep us current with fresh ideas and assist us in developing new skills, to the benefit of our clients. Home based in Napa, we also share offices in San Francisco with another firm in response to opportunities. Our firm grew out of an appreciation for the rich, but simple values of the Bay Area tradition, values that have again been validated and refreshed by a return to renewal and sustainability in planning and design, and a deep appreciation as well of historic precedents as guiding principles.
Reuse and renovation of historic buildings
RipleyScoggin is well known in the area of rehabilitating and repurposing historic buildings. This type of work began for us on classroom buildings for Stanford University, and inevitably led to other campuses where renovation and reuse of existing buildings made economic as well as environmental sense. Sometimes these buildings have enjoyed state or local historic designations, such as the Stanford English Department building, and Hart Hall Classroom Building at UC Davis, and the Goodman Library interior in downtown Napa.
We obtained the Redwood City Library commission in 1985. A 1911 brick fire station, abandoned as seismically deficient for emergency services use, occupied a portion of the site; we strengthened the structured and converted it as the entrance to a new and enlarged Redwood City public library building. One of our best known projects, it has contributed over the years to the revitalization of downtown Redwood City and led the firm to being selected for other civic and research library projects. Including studies and buildings, we have completed 35 library projects. Libraries are at once community orientated and specialized, technical buildings. Designing technical buildings has required us to become effective managers of consultants; and they have as well required us to work with broad user input, from both staff and the community.
The library at the NOAA Fisheries Ecology Lab in Santa Cruz is small, but it was one of the reasons that NOAA selected us to program and design this challenging mixed use marine biology lab and conference center. In addition to the NOAA facility we have completed labs for UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and the US Geological Survey. Buildings for science involve a large initial investment and ongoing operational costs. Energy conservation is a critical design factor. Buildings with elaborate, expensive, technology need to be designed with adaptation to future change in mind; systems telecommunications, lighting, integrated HVAC/power, pumps and filters, controls become obsolete sooner than "bricks and mortar". Ripley Scoggin has built a reputation for meeting technical challenges through attention to detail.
Over the years we have worked on residences in a variety of settings Sea Ranch, San Francisco, and Napa and Sonoma. The provide an endless source of delight because they require the integration of landscape, building form, materials and interiors in an artful collaboration between owner and architect.