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

  • the 98 percent solution

    Architects need to stop hiding behind the erroneous notion that they design only “2 percent” of all houses built today.

  • america's favorite dwellings

    Just 17 residential buildings earned slots in The American Institute of Architects' top 150 buildings survey, but they're keepers. In honor of its 150th anniversary, the institute commissioned a Harris Interactive poll of more than 1,800 members of the American public, asking them to rank their...

  • what custom really means

    What truly qualifies as a custom home? Houses that are designed from scratch for a particular site and a specific client's program. A real human being's program—not a hypothetical demographic profile, even if it's very narrowly defined.

  • chez boomers

    We've heard a lot about baby boomers in the last decade or so, usually accompanied by phrases like “800-pound gorilla.” No wonder experts have been analyzing the weighty impact of this group in all arenas of modern life.

  • fitting in

    In many parts of the country, we're running out of buildable land for single-family housing. The solution in my neck of the woods is the teardown or infill house.

  • unsung heroes

    remembering the candlepower behind our bright lights.

  • domestic tranquility

    One of the few prominent women architects in Norway during the last century, Wenche Selmer came of age during the post–World War II reconstruction boom.

  • home of the brave?

    We may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but we're not very free or very brave when it comes to designing our homes.

  • the pitfalls of selling process, continued

    Are you best friends with the people you work with? It can happen, and it can be just great.

  • visualizing our world of p's

    Here at the magazine we're in a contemplative state of mind. Last month we reached a milestone: 10 years of covering the people, projects, and products that stand out in the architecture field.

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