After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and completing a two year apprenticeship under Carl Maston, in 1954, Kappe established his private practice in Brentwood, California, designing numerous custom-built houses based on modular systems.
Most of his housing projects use wood, and focus on the(typically Southern Californian mid century modern) relationship between the indoor and outdoor living.
Since the beginning of his career he focused on developing alternative architectural solutions through the use of prefabrication. Raymond Kappe is also the chairman of the Department of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University and, in 1972, founded the Southern California Institute Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Kappe still lives and works in LosAngeles.
(Raymond Kappe – The Kappe Residence)