Two AIA New Jersey Success Stories Recommend Resources for our Members

March 27, 2020

Two AIA New Jersey Success Stories Recommend Resources for our Members

Small business owners Mary Rene Clawson, AIA, LEED AP, CID, and Verity L. Frizzell, FAIA, LEED AP, have years of experience thriving through national and natural disasters. Today, they share their advice on modifying practice to cope with the recent limitations imposed in response to the Pandemic. 




Rene, Principal and Co-Founder of Clawson Architects, LLC, reports that their office has given their clients staff cell numbers and are using email and Zoom to connect and progress projects between the Clawson Team, Colleagues and Clients. She reports great feedback from clients that are truly able to be in the homes Clawson designed. Ms. Clawson knows that it is through regular communication, collaboration and clear graphics that work will continue to flow despite the need for remote execution. She has confidences in her team’s ability to meet those needs because they are strengths her staff always exhibits. 






Verity, Principal at Feltz and Frizzell Architects, LLC, regularly practices as a sole proprietor, so she is maintaining her usual office work arrangements while still complying with all state quarantine and curfew requirements. Verity arranges to visit sites independently and within state emergency guidelines, maintains CDC recommended distancing when the need arises, but now conducts all project review meetings via email and phone.





These women have shared the following links with valuable information for most firms, but small businesses in particular who might not have the same resources as larger establishments. 

Tips for Architects on Working from Home While Balancing Life

Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Small Business Loan Resources

Design Tips for Working Remotely

COVID-19 Resources for Architects


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