Our mission is to offer our clients the most creative use of existing conditions, budget and time while honoring the desired aesthetics, programmatic needs, social considerations, and the well-being of the natural environment.

Ray Willett

AIA | LEEDAP - CA C35917

Ben Cobb

Ben studied architecture in his home state at the University of Illinois. He moved to the west coast and spent a dozen years pursuing the spirit of the builder, working as a carpenter, timber framer, and woodworker before returning to architecture. BEN IS TBE'S PROJECT COORDINATOR AND REVIT EXPERT.

TBE Architecture was founded in the spring of 2016 by Ray Willett. The firm's first focus was the emerging commercial cannabis industry. Following the wild fires of 2017, the firm made a commitment to a balanced portfolio of residential and commercial projects.

Architecture is a team effort requiring the vision of the owner, the input of numerous consultants, the constraints of site, zoning and code related issues, and the inevitability of the unexpected. Working together to find the opportunities within all of the constraints, it is the role of the architect to coordinate these efforts and disparate requirements to find the most appropriate forms, systems, and ethos that defines ‘best-of-era.’

Ray has over 20 years experience in Construction and Architecture and has worked at firms including: RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture in Sonoma, Safdie Rabines Architects in San Diego and DECA.inc in Portland, OR.

Throughout his career, Ray’s objective has remained the same, “to work with a team of designers practicing ‘best-of-era’ design, and to continue engaging architecture’s role in the long term sustainability of this planet and its’ diversity.”

Partial Project List

RESIDENTIAL (Single Family, ADUs & Guest Houses):

6052 LICHAU., Penngrove, CA — NEW RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION – 2019-20
3727 DEAUVILLE PL., Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2019
3729 DEAUVILLE PL., Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2019
1930 VIEWPOINT CR., Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2019
3675 WYNDEMERE CT., Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2019
QUAIL CT. RESIDENCE, Santa Rosa, CA – Hillside Development Permit – 2018
3717 FRANZ VALLEY RD., Sonoma County, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2018
1912 FOUNTAINVIEW CIRCLE, Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2018
3717 CROSS CREEK, Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2018
1920 FOUNTAINVIEW CIRCLE, Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD – 2018
1321 CASHEW RD., Santa Rosa, CA – 2017 FIRE REBUILD
BONGIOVANNI KITCHEN REMODEL, Sonoma, CA – 2017
CAVEDALE RESIDENCE, Sonoma, CA – 2010-11
MOON MOUNTAIN RETREAT, Sonoma, CA – 2009
KURTZIG RESIDENCE, Marin Co., CA – 2009-10
REED GARAGE-STUDIO REMODEL, Sonoma, CA – 2007
LEE-NORTON RESIDENCE, San Francisco, CA – 2004

COMMERCIAL CANNABIS (Including Cultivation):

AUNT ZELDA’S / THE OIL PLANT — Manufacturing Facilities, Santa Rosa, CA – 2019
SONOMA PATIENT GROUP — Dispensary and Operations Facility, Santa Rosa, CA – Construction to begin 2019
MASTER BANGO — Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities, Santa Rosa, CA – 2018
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH SYSTEMS, — Cannabis Micro-business Conditional Use Permit, Santa Rosa, CA – 2018
MASTER BANGO – Cultivation Multiple Sonoma and Lake County Sites, Conditional Use Permit – 2018-ongoing
GLENTUCKY FARMS – CUP submitted, in engineering – 2017
PETALUMA HILL FARMS – CUP submitted, in engineering – 2017
PALMER CREEK – CUP submitted – 2017
LOS ALMOS – CUP submitted, in engineering – 2017
FLEURISH FARMS – Research and engineering – 2016

COMMERCIAL (Including Mixed-Uses):

ECONOMY FOOD MARKET, NAPA, CA – Code violations; existing conditions documentation, site lighting and illegal additions corrections – 2017
YOGA THERAPY STUDIO, Vallejo, CA – Downtown Store front and studio TI 2017
NomNomNow, Pittsburg, CA – Pet food manufacturing facility – 2017
NEOTTE Tea House, Palo Alto, CA – Retail TI 2004 (5)
MIDTOWN, Palo Alto, CA – Retail 2004 (5)
102 UNIVERSITY AVE. (mixed-use), Palo Alto, CA 2004-05 (5)
MDW office building, Lake Oswego, OR – Remodel 2004 (4)
FOSTER, PEPPER, TOOZE ATTORNEYS, Portland, OR – Office TI 2003 (4)

HIGHER EDUCATION:

CSU, CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, Vallejo, CA – 2012 (7)
DWEIGHT BENTEL HALL HALL AND WASHINGTON SQUARE HALL MAJOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS – 2013 (7)
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, CAMPUS VILLAGE B PLUMBING REPLACEMENT, San Jose, CA – 2011-12 (7)
UC MERCED, ADMINISTRATION AND PHOTOSYNTHESIS LABORATORY, Merced, CA – Architecture at Zero Competition 2012 (7)
SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, GALLERY AND THEATRE ADDITION CONCEPT, Sonoma, CA – 2010
SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY, WATER EDUCATION CENTRE CONCEPTS, Santa Rosa, CA – 2007 (6)

CIVIC:

EL CENTRO COURTHOUSE REPLACEMENT – JCC , El Centro, CA – Project restart from previous code, DD to CDs, BSCC, OSFM & DSA approvals. 2015-16 (8)
EXTERIOR RESTORATION AND BELL TOWER SEISMIC RETROFIT OF THE CITY OF SONOMA CITY HALL, Sonoma, CA – 2013-14 (7)
SAN JOSE FIRE STATION 24 (36), San Jose, CA – 2008 (6)
CITY OF SAN JOSE SOUTH POLICE SUBSTATION, San Jose, CA – 2006-08 (6)
SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S HEADQUARTERS/DISPATCH BUILDING, Santa Rosa, CA – 2008 (6)
SONOMA COUNTY HOJ, Santa Rosa, CA – 2005-2010 (6)
SONOMA COUNTY, VARIOUS ADA UPGRADES, Santa Rosa, CA – 2005-2010 (6)
SONOMA COUNTY LAW LIBRARY, Santa Rosa, CA – 2009 (6)
CALIFORNIA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS, COURTHOUSE DESIGN STANDARDS AND Guidelines – 2006 (6)
NAKAMURA COURTHOUSE, Seattle, WA – 2006 (6)
SEATTLE FIRE STATION 10 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS CENTER, Seattle, WA – 2005 (6)

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS / 911 CALL CENTERS:

GWINNETT COUNTY POLICE HEADQUARTERS ANNEX, COMMUNICATIONS & OPERATIONS CENTER, Lawrenceville, GA – 2008-09 (6)
DALLAS COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS/DISPATCH CENTER, Dallas, TX -2007 (6)
SAN JOSE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER, San Jose, CA – 2007 (6)
AMERICAN SAMOA TERRITORIAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, American Samoa – 2006-07 (6)
SEATTLE FIRE STATION 10 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS CENTER, Seattle, WA -2005-06 (6)
LOMA RIDGE COMMUNICATIONS AND EOC FACILITY, Orange County, CA – 2006 (6)

DOD:

BEALE AFB B1086, MC-12 WING COMMAND SQUADRON OPERATIONS CENTRE, Beale AFB, CA – Major T.I. 2013 (7)
BEALE AFB B2159, TELECOMMUNICATION BUILDING RENOVATION, Beale AFB, CA – 2014 (7)

GSA (FEDERAL):

ROBERT T. MATSUI FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, SACRAMENTO, CA – US – USFDA and IRS T.I.s 2013 (7)
SAN YSIDRO LAND PORT OF ENTRY, San Ysidro, CA – 2005-09 (6)
CALEXICO LAND PORT OF ENTRY, Calexico, CA – 2008 (6)

Ray Willett AIA | LEED AP

EDUCATION: Master of Architecture, B. Arch. with Electronic Design minor, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, Georgia. – 2004

HONOURS: Magna Cum Laude, Harold M. Cerra Scholarship for academic achievement, Tau Sigma Delta Honour Society

THESIS: The Role of Architecture in Demand Side Managed Distributed Power Urban Infrastructure: High performance building design for integrated generation of renewable energy in symbiotic resource networks.

AWARDS: Silver Prize – 2002 Hanssem “Design Beyond East and West” International Competition. Assembly House – High-Density modular housing.

CERTIFICATIONS:
CALIFORNIA NATURALIST – 2017
USGBC: LEED Accredited Professional – 2006
USACE: Construction Quality Management For Contractors, #SW9-02-15-00253

PROJECT KEY/WORK HISTORY FOR RAY WILLETT
TBE Architecture – Sonoma, CA , (March 2016 – present) Architect/Owner
(8) Safdie Rabines Architects – San Diego, CA (Jan. ‘15 – Feb. ‘16) Project Manager
(7) STRATAap – Sonoma, CA (Oct. ‘11 – Nov. ‘14) Job Captain
(6) RossDrulisCusenbery Architecture – Sonoma, CA (May ‘05 – Sept. ‘09) Job Captain/Project Manager
(5) Bellomo Architects – Palo Alto, CA (June ‘04 – April “05) Project Designer
(4) deca Architecture – Portland, OR (June ‘03 – August ‘03) Intern
John McAvoy, Architect – Savannah, GA (September ‘99 – March ‘03) Carpentry/Intern
(2) Savannah College of Art and Design (September ‘99 – May ‘04) Student
Clark County School District – Senior Graphic Artist (Feb. ‘90 – Aug. ‘99)
USAF – Graphics Specialist – Sgt., Nellis AFB (March ‘86 – Feb. ‘90)s)AP