Ian began his career in the urban planning/design field, working in both the public and private sectors before answering a lifelong desire to be an architect.  He earned his Master of Architecture degree at the University of South Florida and subsequently his license to practice architecture.  In 2009, Ian launched Ratliff Architecture + Urban Design, a small firm focused on designs that reflect the unique coastal character found in east Central Florida.

By blending the honesty of materials and simple forms found in modern architecture with traditional details, his designs achieve a genuine architecture that reflects the needs of his clients.  Ian lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his wife and family where he is an active member of the community.