Ray Kappe was born in Minneapolis to Romanian immigrant parents in 1927.  Particularly active as an architect in the post war period in Los Angeles, Kappe is also an important educator, starting SCI-Arc in 1972.

Designed in 1967, his 4,000 sf  house in Pacific Palisades negotiates a difficult site marked by prominent oak trees and a creek.  Supported by 6 concrete towers, the house leaves the site largely undisturbed.  The main volume of the house unfolds over multiple levels with light passing through large panes of glass.  Representing a seminal moment in his career, Kappe and his wife Shelly still live in the house today, sharing their home with many visitors.