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Clawson Architects Awarded Gold and Silver Medals by American Institute of Architects

David Lackey

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 • 7:20am

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Clawson Architects, LLC has been awarded both a Gold and a Silver medal for design achievements from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Newark Suburban Chapter of the AIA presented the firm with the only awards this year for outstanding residential design. The local firm, led by the husband and wife team of Marvin and Rene Clawson, received the awards at a special dinner at the Morris Museum in Morristown.

In this annual regional competition, firms may submit multiple projects for consideration and unlike most competition, the jury has the right to not present any awards if they do not deem any of the contenders worthy.  This year, 14 firms submitted entries in four specific categories and the jury awarded a total of seven medals: five in non-residential design categories; and the two won by Clawson Architects in the “Residential Interior or Feature Element” category.

“Our profession is about creating beautiful spaces that inspire and exceed the client’s expectations,” said Marvin Clawson, the lead designer on the award-winning projects. “And when our colleagues recognize our work for design excellence, well, that something to celebrate.”

The Clawsons received the Gold Medal award from the AIA chapter for the design of the “Stair Hall for the Karpf Residence” in Ridgewood.  The jury’s notes specified the “Stunning transformation and elegant lines.” The home was not a mere renovation but more of a re- invisioned “creation”. The stairs and detail did not exist and are part of a project that included renovations, alterations and an addition.

The AIA chapter presented the Silver Medal award for the Clawson firm’s design of the “Nussbaum pool pavilion,” a new construction project in Short Hills. The jury’s notes specified the “restraint and sophistication of the design.”

“When you look at our portfolio, and even these two projects, they are not the same,” said Rene Clawson. “They don’t have the same elements.”

“It’s like going to a tailor, our designs are not off the rack,” added Marvin. 

“We are not trying to push an idea,” Rene said.  “It’s always about the client.”

Marvin stressed that his strengths and Rene’s are very complementary and they are able to improve their clients’ projects as a result.

Clawson Architects: 145 Dunnell Road, Maplewood; 973-313-2724; www.clawsonarchitects.com

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