Ray Kappe

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Ray Kappe
Born August 4, 1927[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Awards Richard Neutra International Medal for Design Excellence, the California Council/AIA Bernard Maybeck Award for Design Excellence, the Topaz Medal
Practice Kappe Architects Planners
Buildings Benton House[2]
Projects Southern California Institute of Architecture

Ray Kappe (born August 4, 1927)[3] is an American architect and educator. In 1972, he resigned his position as Founding Chair of the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and along with a group of faculty and students, started what eventually came to be known as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In 2003, Kappe began working with LivingHomes to design modular homes.[4])

Kappe is still actively involved in architectural theory and practice, particularly in the areas of sustainability and the prefabrication of residences.


Ray Kappe was born in Minneapolis as the son of Romanian immigrants. He attended high school in Los Angeles. He studied for a single semester at UCLA in 1945 before being drafted in into the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, where he served as a topographical surveying instructor. After his discharge he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a B.Arch degree in 1951.[1]


The Ray Kappe Archive is housed at the Getty Research Institute and contains all of his drawings, models, and papers, offering comprehensive coverage of his long and varied career.[5]


The Showtime series Californication features one of Kappe's projects, the Benton House, as a major plot point in Episode Seven, "Girls Interrupted."[6] The interior of this house is also featured on the CBS series Shark. The same exterior of this house appears in Cruel Intentions film [7][8]

Another of his projects made two brief appearances in the Sea Hunt episode, "Hit and Run,"[9] as the residence of the episode's villain. This house was also featured in the Home section of the Los Angeles Times, in an article titled, "A Boat, a Bay, and a Happy House." [10]


  1. ^ a b "Ray Kappe papers, 1954-2007: Biographical/Historical Note". Getty Research Institute Library. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Benton residence, Los Angeles". Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  3. ^ Michael Webb & Ray Kappe (January 1999). Themes and Variations: House Design: Ray Kappe: Architects/Planners. Books Nippan. p. 9. ISBN 1-86470-007-6. 
  4. ^ Chavez, Julian (20 August 2009). "Architect Ray Kappe". Malibu Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Ray Kappe papers, 1954-2007". The Getty Research Institute. 
  6. ^ "Girls, Interrupted". Californication. Season 1. Episode 7. 2007-09-24. 
  7. ^ Ray Kappe SCI-Arc Modern Architect Kappe Architects Planners.[1] Kappe+Du Architects. Retrieved on 10 December 2007.
  8. ^ Dunning, Brad. "Site Pacific". www.nytimes.com/2004/04/18/magazine/magazinespecial/18KAPPE.html. NY Times. 
  9. ^ "Hit and Run". Sea Hunt. Season 4. Episode 29. 1961-07-22. 
  10. ^ "A Boat, a Bay, and a Happy House, pp. 8-9". Los Angeles Times Home Magazine. 1958-07-27. 

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