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

  • what plays in peoria

    I admit it, I am powerless against my addiction to television house shows.

     
  • what's bred in the zone

    Despite public perception, most experienced architects I've talked with don't prefer the proverbial “blank slate” commission.

     
  • vacation from reality

    There's something different, or should be, about a house designed from the ground up as an escape from the routine and complexity of everyday life.

     
  • designing and building for the long haul

     
  • remembering judy

    I've worked in magazine journalism for 25 years now. I was in my early 20s when I started, and so was nearly everyone else I worked with at the time.

     
  • across the lake

    Although I leave the decision making on awards to our independent jury of architects, I have to admit I always have a few personal favorites among their choices. One project in particular our judges singled out continues to resonate for me.

     
  • do diligence

    Not long ago, I made my obligatory pilgrimage to the NAHB's International Builders' Show. I've been going to the trade show for about 16 years now—since it was the plain old Homebuilders' Show—so I've seen some trends come and go. And I've seen attendance steadily rise until, most recently and for...

     
  • let there be light

    My family thinks if the sun has set outside, then it's time to use every available watt to illuminate the interior of the house. I, on the other hand, believe ambient light inside the house should follow the circadian rhythm of the day.

     
  • watch your language

    The word "educate" has been wildly misappropriated by members of various professions, and architects, alas, are no exception. I respectfully suggest you banish the word—and all the patronizing thinking it encourages—from your practice.

     
  • pitched battle

    You may notice a theme in our choices for this year's

     
 
 
 
 
 
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