Male, US, born 08/04/1927

Associated with the firms network

Kahn, Kappe, Lotery Architects/Planners; Kahn, Kappe, Lotery, Boccato Architects/Planners; Kappe Architects Planners; Kappe, Lotery, Boccato Architects/Planners

Professional History

Student draftsman, Anshen and Allen Architects, San Francisco, CA, c. 1951; Kappe worked there while the firm worked with the modern tract house builder, Joseph Eichler. Draftsman, Carl Maston, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1952-1954; Principal, Raymond Kappe, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1954- ;Partner, Kahn, Kappe, Lotery Architects/Planners (1968-73); Kahn, Kappe, Lotery, Boccato Architects/Planners (1973-78); Kappe, Lotery, Boccato Architects/Planners (1978-81);

Professor of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, -1968; Professor and Founding Chair, California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Department of Architecture, Pomona, CA, 1968-1972; Professor and Member of the Board of Directors, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 1972-present; Kappe assisted in the foundation of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972, the avant-garde Los Angeles architecture school.

Kappe participated in a panel discussion investigating "the characteristics of architecture that give value to built environment" at the 1985 AIA Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, 06/8-12/1985;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).


Graduate, Emerson Junior High School, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA. Graduate, University High School, Los Angeles, CA; one semester, University of California, Los Angeles, Westwood, Los Angeles, CA, 1945; Topological surveying instructor, United States Army, Corps of Engineers, 1945-1946; B.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, c. 1951;


Ray Kappe was born in Minneapolis, MN, where he lived until he was 13. In 1940, his family moved to Los Angeles, CA.

His father changed the family name from Kapelowitz to Kappe.

Ray Kappe married Rochelle (Shelly) Diamond, a design student whom he had met at UCLA, in 1950.

Associated Locations

  • Minneapolis, MN (Architect's Birth)
    Minneapolis, MN

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PCAD id: 344