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Ian Ratliff, AIA, AICP


Our primary focus is to create and develop specifically tailored design solutions that promote beauty, sustainability, utility, and value for each client. We believe in the honest use of materials, the creative use of details to connect each design to its context, and the corresponding manipulation of space and light to create an authentic and enduring architecture.

Every project begins and ends with understanding what the client wants to achieve. Through a thorough interview process and open communication during each step of a project, we strive to create buildings and spaces that evoke the unique character of each client, program, and place.

The extended impacts on our natural systems of the built environment are vast and long lasting. Therefore, we are committed to sustainability in every project, no matter the scope, and do not view green architecture or sustainability as an add-on, rather we see it as necessary. We are experienced in working with the guidelines of both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the Florida Green Building Coalition. 

As a small firm, we are flexible and responsive to the needs of the client and are committed to providing valuable, professional design services. Our services range from small residential renovations and additions, to large-scale commercial and urban design projects. A complete listing of services is provided below:

  • New commercial and residential construction

  • Residential renovations and additions

  • Conceptual designs

  • Streetscape/Mixed-Use Designs

  • Site/Master planning

  • Urban/Town planning

  • Entitlement research


Ian began his career in the urban planning/design field, working in both the public and private sectors before answering a lifelong desire to be an architect. He earned his Master of Architecture degree at the University of South Florida and subsequently his license to practice architecture. Ian worked for a small architecture firm in New Smyrna Beach for a number of years where he garnered substantial experience in all facets of the architectural profession. In 2009, Ian launched Ratliff Architecture + Urban Design, a small firm focused on understanding the needs of the client and the context within which they exist, and then developing specifically tailored ideas and solutions that meet those needs. Ian's diverse professional background enables him to address challenges with a unique perspective and to formulate design solutions using a combination of inspiration, tools, and an understanding of regulatory and budgeting frameworks. Ian lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his wife and family where he is an active member of the community.


Master of Architecture, University of South Florida, 2006 
Master of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, 1996
Bachelor of Arts, University of Florida, 1993


Registered Architect State of Florida - Florida, AR 94377
American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Certified Planners

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