S. Claire Conroy

Claire Conroy mugS. Claire Conroy is editorial director of residential architect, CUSTOM HOME, and CUSTOM HOME OUTDOORS magazines. She has written about residential design, arts, and culture for more than 28 years. In 2003, she received American Business Media’s Jesse H. Neal Award for her editorials. Her passion for houses and design is genetically linked; her mother, Sarah Booth Conroy, Hon. AIA, was the longtime home design editor and a columnist for The Washington Post. Like her mother before her, Claire is a notorious real estate yenta, always trying to match her friends with the perfect house on the market. She spends many Sunday afternoons touring Realtors’ open houses and has watched every episode of House Hunters International. Her own house is an eclectic mix of art nouveau, modern, and arts and crafts pieces, her father’s paintings and sculptures, and her young son’s creations in Play-Doh. She is a graduate of Vassar College.


Articles by S. Claire Conroy

  • attainable sustainability

    After a brief awakening, skepticism about global warming is growing again.

  • the modern hut

    Everyone loves the idea of camping. Part of the allure is in breaking down the barriers between human and landscape. Peeling off our layers of protective covering, we expose our nerve endings to keener feeling. We revel in small observations that typically escape our notice, while at the same time...

  • work on your welcome

    Do potential clients turn away before they reach your door?

  • starvation diet

    Why live on chips and salsa, when you can have the whole enchilada?

  • a disservice to the house

    Everyone is lamenting the deflation of the housing bubble. But there''s at least one bright side to its departure.

  • tennessee squire

    What happens when a former city planner puts his time, effort, and money where his mouth is? The first LEED Platinum housing in Tennessee.

  • living large

    How small a space do you think you could live in—happily and for a long period of time?

  • what's next for michelle kaufmann?

    From the editor: Tuesday night I got a call from Michelle Kaufmann, AIA, LEED AP, with the "sad news," as she called it, that her company was closing up shop. Sad news, indeed. Michelle Kaufmann Designs was residential architect magazine's Top Firm for 2008. How quickly businesses can unravel in...

  • back to the bauhaus box

    Given the country's dire economic state, many pundits are predicting a shift from the conspicuous consumption of luxury products to more humble displays.

  • the new, new reality

    Looking back reveals many similarities to previous downturns—and one big difference.

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