Clawson Architects' team of professionals includes experienced architects licensed in NY, NJ, VT and FL, certified interior designers, engineers, and LEED Accredited Professionals.

Our Team - Licensed Architects, Certified Interior Designers, Engineers, and LEED APs

The Partners

The Team

Marvin E. Clawson

AIAAmerican Institute of Architects, NCARBNational Council of Architectural Registration Boards, NJCIDCertified Interior Designer in the State of New Jersey, ASIDAmerican Society of Interior Designers

NJLIC 15583, NYLIC 021421, FLLIC 17643, VTLIC 30002910

Principal and Founder, earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to founding Clawson Architects, Mr. Clawson was the Director of Architectural Design at LRK Architects, Inc. and an Associate at Cooper, Robertson & Partners. He also worked with the Office of Thierry W. Despont, Ltd and Charles T. Young Architects. Marvin successfully led the Clawson Design Team in the development of three award winning designs for the American Institute of Architects Design Awards. In 2013, two residential projects garnered Gold and Silver Medals for design excellence. In 2015, a Gold medal for design excellence was awarded for the Seamen’s Church Institute. Marvin also enjoys teaching classes at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the Beaux Arts Atelier, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, all located in New York City. Besides teaching, Marvin works as a Guest Juror and lectures around the country on Palladio and His Presence in American Architecture, and The Literature and Theory of Classical Architecture. After being an active member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for over 20 years, serving on many committees and as a Fellow (including leadership positions as the President of the Fellows and as Secretary), he has earned his Emeritus Status. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, The Society of Architectural Historians, the Association for Preservation Technology, and the Congress for New Urbanism. He also holds a certificate from The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is available to speak upon request. Mr. Clawson also volunteers within his community and with the Raritan Yacht Club. He has served on his town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Maplewood Village Alliance.

Mary René Clawson

AIAAmerican Institute of Architects, NJCIDCertified Interior Designer in the State of New Jersey, LEED APLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Accredited Professional

NJLIC 13635, NYLIC 022942

Principal and Founder, earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to founding Clawson Architects, Ms. Clawson worked with the New York City architectural firm of Buttrick White & Burtis, where she gained varied experience working on Tower Records & Video retail stores, the renovation of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, renovation and restoration of Fordham University’s University Chapel, and the Park East Day School. Currently, she is the Clawson Architects leader for green technologies and material trends. René has been a guest lecturer on LEED in Practice as well as Indoor Air Quality and the Psychology of Color. She is available to speak on request. She is an Architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED® Accredited Professional (with specialty in Building Design plus Construction) with the U.S. Green Building Council and a Certified Interior Designer. After serving four terms as the President of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Clawson has stepped aside and now represents the Maplewood Business Community on the Essex County Inter-Chamber Coordinating Council. Advisor to the Junior Membership at Raritan Yacht Club since 2006, Ms. Clawson has been elected to the 2015-2019 Raritan Yacht Club Board of Governors. She is a Junior League Sustainer, as well as a volunteer in her community and local school district.


Marvin and Rene Clawson speak with "Career Corner" host Heather Swift about Architecture as a career, how to work with an architect, and how they manage their partnerships in both marriage and business.


The Team


The Firm

Clawson Architects, LLC

Architectural and Interior Design Services.

Licensed and Insured since 2000.

Clawson Architects LLC, headquartered in Maplewood, New Jersey, currently provides professional architectural services in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Florida. Clawson Architects has been approved and certified by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury as a Small Business Enterprise and as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

As a full service Architectural and Interior Design firm with expertise in both residential, retail and institutional facilities, Clawson Architects provides services such as Programming, Forensic Architectural Services, Restoration, Professional Testimony and Construction Administration, As-Built Documentation, Interior Design Services, Model Building and 3-D rendering, Guest Speaker/Lecturer, Thesis and Competition Juror.

An Architect must be licensed and registered in the state in which they are working and in the state where the project is located. Members of the Clawson Architects Team hold licenses in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Vermont.

New Jersey State Board of Architects: Certificate of Authorization - Clawson Architects, LLC


Employment Opportunities

Candidates for full time employment must have 3-5 years of post
architectural school experience as well as 3-D computer modeling fluency.

Please forward resumes and samples of professional work via U.S. mail
to the attention of: M. René Clawson, AIA, CID, LEED AP

Memberships and Affiliations

AIA American Institute of Architects
ICAA The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art
The Beaux Arts Atelier

APT The Association for Preservation Technology

NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association
CNU The Congress for New Urbanism
USGBC The US Green Build Council
NCARB The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Restore, Inc

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce
The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills
The Raritan Yacht Club

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