AIA, NCARB, ASID, CID – Principal and Co-Founder
Marvin Clawson's LinkedIn profile
Marvin listens….closely. His natural inquisitiveness and ability to thoughtfully connect with clients – and their homes – are at the core of Clawson Architects’ work. He asks clients what they most desire from their home and intuitively “reads” the history, hurdles, potential, and context of the existing space.
Marvin sketches….and that might seem old-school, or even ordinary, until you experience it. Marvin sketches design options in real time with clients – faster than you can imagine, in scale and perspective, and sometimes even upside down. Clients are engaged, the give-and-take of the design process is more fruitful, and the design is better for it.
Marvin designs….with deep appreciation for art, vast knowledge of architecture, history, preservation, construction, and the practical needs of modern lifestyles. These attributes, as well as his professionalism, unpretentious nature and wit all contribute to design experiences and constructed spaces that bring clients joy.
“Marvin lives and breathes art and design. His work reflects a passion and innate vision for timeless, smart, stunning design – created with a seemingly effortless artistic ability and a graceful and personable/down-to-earth/authentic/modest demeanor,” noted one admiring client, articulating the comments of many who have worked with Marvin.
Marvin also teaches…at the Fashion Institute of Technology and The Institute of Classical Architecture. Staff, students, clients and distinguished colleagues alike note his understated ability to impart the relevance of a design detail, cite its connection to history, and teach them a new thing or two. He has been invited to present his work in faculty design shows and to colleagues at AIA events. He has been the guest speaker at events from New York, NY to Los Angeles, CA – and will add Melbourne, Australia and Paris, France in 2018.
Marvin’s career spans from projects at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate to the J. Paul Getty Museum, to over 500 elegant, one-of-a-kind residential projects throughout the Northeast. The firm’s work, with Marvin as design lead, has garnered awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other esteemed organizations and has been featured in books and national design publications.
Marvin is an NCARB-Certified Architect and a Certified Interior Designer in New Jersey. He was elected by his peers to serve as the New Jersey American Institute of Architects Treasurer for the 2019-2021 term.
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