In addition to Ray Kappe's many accomplishments and honors as a professional architect, SCI-Arc celebrates his vision and tenacity as a leader, a teacher, a colleague and an inspiration to architects around the world. A world-renowned architect widely considered one of the great innovators of modern architecture, Kappe skillfully led SCI-Arc for fifteen years as founding director and chairman of the board, having the pedagogical experience and financial expertise, as well as the interpersonal skills, to enable the school's growing success and global influence.
Kappe's buildings and projects have been recognized with numerous design awards and featured in national and international publications. Kappe's work continues to be recognized and published, especially his residential architecture, which has been described as the "apotheosis of the California Modern House." The Kappe Residence was designated a Cultural Heritage Monument by the City of Los Angeles, and was honored with the 25-Year Design Award from AIA LA, as well as the 25-Year Award from the AIA California Council. Kappe was also incredibly active in the National American Institute of Architects.
Honored with many lifetime achievement awards for design, including the Richard Neutra International Medal for Design Excellence, Kappe also received many educational awards for having founded SCI-Arc, such as the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles; AIA California Council, and the most prestigious National AIA Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Topaz Medallion Education Award. In 2006, Kappe was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement in Education Award at the AIA National Convention in Los Angeles.