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Clawson Architects awarded gold medal for design excellence by peers at 22nd annual architectural awards

Clawson Architects Gold Medal winning Submission to American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Awards 2017 --Hill Top Barn, Summit, New Jersey Credits: Gerry Wade, Photographer
Before image Credits: Clawson Architects, LLC Maplewood, NJ
Detail of Gold Medal Winning Design on Hill Top Barn, Summit, NJ Credits: Gerry Wade, Photographer
Clawson Architects Gold Medal Winning Submission, Hill Top Barn, Summit, NJ View from Patio Credits: Gerry Wade, Photographer
Clawson Architects Gold Medal winning Submission Hill Top Barn, Summit, New Jersey View from yard looking toward renovated Barn. Credits: Gerry Wade, Photographer
Clawson Architects Gold Medal Winning Submission Hill Top Barn, Summit, NJ Looking back to the main house. Credits: Michael DiGeronimo, AIA, AICP, PP
Marvin E. Clawson, AIA, NCARB, ASID, CID, Co-Founder, Principal Architect, Clawson Architects, LLC Maplewood, NJ Credits: Stuart Tyson Photography
Michael DiGeronimo, AIA, AICP, PP, Architect and project Designer Credits: Stuart Tyson Photography
M. Rene Clawson, AIA, LEED AP, CID Co-Founder and Principal Architect Clawson Architects Credits: Stuart Tyson Photography

Michael Graves School of Public Architecture, Kean University, Elizabeth, NJ – Clawson Architects, LLC, of Maplewood, New Jersey, received a Gold medal for design achievements from the American Institute of Architects regional chapters. The Newark Suburban Chapter and The Architects League of Northern New Jersey chapter awarded the Maplewood-based firm the award this year for outstanding residential architectural design element.

In this regional competition, firms submitted multiple entries in five specific categories. The jury awarded medals in five design categories and unlike many competitions, the jury reserved the right to not present any awards if the entries to did not meet strict criteria. The Gold medal project from Clawson Architects was awarded in the “Residential Interior or Feature Element” category.

The AIA chapters presented the Gold medal award for the Clawson firm’s design of the “Hill Top Barn in Summit, NJ” The jury noted that Clawson Architects, “consistently turns out beautiful work.”

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Marvin Clawson, AIA, NCARB, ASID, CID together with Michael DiGeronimo, AIA, AICP, PP, were the designers on the award-winning project. While the Clawson Team points out that the entire estate was a pleasure to design, they made the conscious decision to submit only the barn, noting the unique design challenge of having to address this necessary and utilitarian structure that was not only visible from the stately main house but very close in proximity as well.  

The solution was to make it an element within the landscape that anchors the property with a subtle presence.

“So often, it is the over the top, remote houses set into a majestic landscape that take the prize and while they are certainly something to behold, it is rewarding to have peer recognition that recognizes the skill to create something that is humble and blends into the surroundings.” Said Clawson Firm Principal Architect and co-founder M. Rene Clawson, AIA, LEED AP, CID.

The Newark Suburban chapter and the Architects League of Northern New Jersey chapters of the AIA presented the awards on September 14, 2017 at a special evening awards dinner at the Michael Graves School of Architecture at Kean University. It was the organization’s 22nd annual awards event. AIA members, sponsors and guests were able to view project boards from the competition, while enjoying refreshments and camaraderie. Sponsors of the event included: Trukmann’s Reprographics, Pella Windows, Structural Workshop, LLC, Andersen Windows and Doors, Benjamin Moore Paints, Clawson Cabinets and KSI Engineers.

The jurors for the event included:

David Mohney FAIA, Dean of the Michael Graves College School of Public Architecture; 

Dean P. Marchetto FAIA, PP, Founding Principal of Marchetto Higgins Stieve

Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA, Partner KSS Architects

Clawson Architects is known for taking on challenging residential design projects and developing creative, smart solutions that delight clients.  Elegant, period-specific details and contemporary amenities meld in a space that transcends far beyond “a box on the back of your house” to become architecture for the ages. The enthusiastic Clawson Architects team collaborates with you in a design process you’ll never forget.  Clawson Architects, LLC is a full-service architecture and interior design firm. Principals at the firm are Marvin Clawson, AIA, NCARB, ASID, CID and Mary Rene´ Clawson, AIA, LEED, AP, CID.

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