Remarkable experiences result from a thorough response to sensory details beyond a building. Clayton & Little is an interdisciplinary design firm known for creating layered, coherent experiences by filtering context and intent to summon the richness of place.
Though projects are diverse in style, type, and geography, an independent yet ever-gracious spirit animates them all. This intangible hallmark — Clayton & Little’s signature — reflects the firm’s values and its deep Texas roots.
Emily Little founded her Austin firm in 1983 with a commitment to making good design accessible and attainable, and an interest in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. Paul Clayton joined Emily’s firm in 2001 and together, they evolved the practice. In 2005, Paul acquired Emily’s firm and continues to lead it today with partners, directors, and design leads across a range of disciplines.
In 2015, the firm expanded from Austin to San Antonio after completing several high-profile projects in the Alamo City. The second office joins more than 30 architects and designers with a long history of working together in the two cities while broadening the firm’s range of services to incorporate architecture, interior design, experience design, brand and identity. The beneficial exchange of ideas across the region has impacted locations outside of Texas; recent expansion includes projects in California, Hawaii, Maryland and beyond.
Born the son of a mechanic in Amarillo Texas, Paul has a calm manner, keen business sense, and pragmatic approach that builds on his natural talent for architecture and devotion to sculptural form. Educated in architecture and business,
Paul joined Emily Little Architects in 2001. Almost immediately, Paul began pushing the firm to expand its capabilities, maintain its established strengths, and add to them with innovative design and larger projects. Over the next several years, Paul fortified the firm’s core capability with a mix of hospitality, restaurant, and other commercial work. In 2005, he bought Emily’s firm and has led it since.
Paul is committed to high impact work that endures. He responds to each project according to its needs, with an ability to realize detailed spaces that are inspirational, true, and always considerate of the people who will experience them. His ability to create symbiosis between client, staff, contractor, and design allows Clayton & Little to expand the scope of their work while reinforcing the firm’s legacy of thoughtful, responsive architecture.
AIA, LEED AP | Principal
A native Texan and UT Austin alumnus, Brian’s work is guided by the honesty of modernism, a commitment to practical yet artful solutions, and a passion for authenticity and well-crafted materials. Brian brings together the vision of the client, the particulars of the site, and the richness of craft to create memorable processes with enduring, livable architecture that enhances everyday living. With over 20 years of experience, he has designed award-winning residences, along with adaptive re-use, hospitality and other commercial projects in places including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. Brian leads the San Antonio office and brings high value to his clients with an eye for detail that imbues projects with an exquisite sense of craftsmanship. He enjoys fabrication on a personal level, designing and crafting furniture for clients and for himself.
FAIA | Partner
Growing up in Alaska has instilled a sense of simplicity and inventiveness in Sam, which he endeavors to translate in his approach to architecture. He works from a vast base of technical knowledge to artfully solve complex projects, with a penchant for skillfully crafted details. His forthright manner puts clients and team members at ease, while he maintains the highest standards of performance, regardless of project style or scope. A Washington state alumnus, he enjoys creating meaningful experiences, memorable spaces and purpose-driven architecture. When he’s not designing residences, restaurants or projects at the Pearl, Sam enjoys woodworking and crafting his own home-brew to drink on the back porch with his wife, Lindsay, and their two dogs Nellie and Leon.
AIA | Partner
Nathan helps lead business development and new business for Clayton & Little. He is from the east coast, where he practiced in New York and New Jersey after graduating from Virginia Tech. Happy to have found Texas, he lives in eastern Travis County with his horses, chickens, cats and dogs. Nathan is a musician and former museum docent who is a Friend of Manda School, a non-profit working to restore and revitalize the last remaining 2-room school house in Travis County. He is also an advocate for the homeless and former board member of Front Steps. The organist at Central Presbyterian Church, he also plays piano and organ with two bands, Lost & Nameless and Golden Lights.
AIA | Partner
The grandson of builders on both sides of his family, George hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended “the real UT” (founded in 1794 in Knoxville) before coming to Austin. He grew up making things by hand and doing small construction projects which, coupled with a lifelong artistic inclination, drew him towards architecture. He joined Clayton & Little in 2007 when there were only seven others at the firm. Favorite projects include Hotel Saint Cecilia, The Driskill Hotel, Seaholm Power Plant, and Mattie’s at Green Pastures. His tenure as chair of the Chattanooga Historic Zoning Commission combined with 4 years as Construction Director for Carmike Cinemas has given George a depth of knowledge in historic adaptive reuse as well as the stringent requirements of large scale commercial construction and development. Outside of the office, George spends time with his wife and their dog Jasper, playing ultimate Frisbee and backpacking.
AIA | Assoc. Partner
A native Texan, Wendy is a storyteller, strategist and designer who deals in words and pictures. She followed an atypical path to working in architecture and interiors. First, she taught high school English and learned how to listen. Then she studied design at California College of the Arts and learned how to see. This background gave her a foundational orientation toward empathizing with others and considering the world as they experience it. Prior to joining Clayton & Little, she spent over ten years at San Francisco and New York-based brand agencies, and was the principal of her own consultancy, Smith Brand.
Emily has provided leadership in the preservation and design community in her native Austin for over thirty years. With an emphasis on the adaptive reuse of historic structures, her work has indelibly colored the fabric of Central Texas. Elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2009, Emily has also led award-winning community based art projects that have garnered national attention. She was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2007. A cultural anthropologist at heart, she has built her career on making good design accessible and attainable, often by finding the small gestures that largely improve the quality of a space. Today, Emily continues to work on a limited basis on specific projects.
FAIA | Emeritus
Inspired by the architecture of his hometown Chicago, Joseph knew at an early age that he would become an architect. After studying architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, he moved to New York where he worked at an international architecture firm by day and played banjo for an alt-country band by night. Graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin brought him south where he has enjoyed a slower pace, live music and big bright stars. Joseph joins the team after working with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Alterstudio Architecture where he cultivated a proficiency in design leadership with an emphasis on collaboration.
AIA | Architect, Design Lead
Cam grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, west of Chicago. After receiving his Masters in Architecture at the University of Illinois in 2010, he taught undergraduate design courses as an Adjunct Professor for 4 years at his alma mater which honed his understanding of the value of teamwork and design dialogue. His interests in architecture stem from an appreciation for the subtleties of materials, light and the procession of space. Following his teaching experience, Cam made the trip south to work for another regional architecture firm before joining Clayton & Little’s San Antonio office. He is an avid bicycle commuter and has a deep affinity for music.
Project Manager, Design Lead
Born and raised in South Texas, Courtney developed a love of travel and the outdoors at a young age. Family road trips sparked an early fascination with numbers and problem solving which eventually developed into a passion for business and finance. After obtaining her MBA from Texas State University, Courtney began her career with a public accounting firm. Exposure to multiple industries led her to follow architecture and construction. The various elements of design and its many details are what attract her most to the industries. In her off time, Courtney is either developing her wood working skills, listening to records, or enjoying time with family and her lab/Catahoula pup, Wyatt.
German joined Clayton & Little after having lived for almost 8 years with his wife and three children in Central America where he worked as an architect, builder, developer and a farmer. Born and raised in Argentina, he left his home country to continue his graduate education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with distinction. Certain of the importance of having good mentors, he worked for nearly a decade for a national award winning firm before launching a design-build practice in Nicaragua with his wife. Together they built a portfolio of projects that merge thoughtful design with craft adapted to the circumstances of site, budget and local resources. Now relocated back to Texas, German brings a design rigor and sophistication to projects that add real depth and spirit to his work, leveraging his 17 years of experience.
Architect, Design Lead
Charlotte grew up in New Orleans and graduated from LSU where she studied architecture. As a little girl, her interest in design was sparked on a tour of Taliesin West during which she realized architecture could be all encompassing – from building form to materials all the way down furniture. After college, living in a tiny house of 150 square feet for a year changed her perspective on space and its impact on the way people live. Outside of the office, Charlotte and her husband run the specialty food company they spun out of an old family pickling recipe.
AIA | Architect
A native Texan, Kristen attended Texas Tech University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Architecture, a Masters of Architecture, and a Masters of Business Administration. Soon after, she resettled in Austin and has called it home since. With the influences of engineer parents, educator grandparents, and a political sister, Kristen understands that excellent design is just one element of many required when it comes to realizing successful projects. In addition to being both a licensed Architect and Interior Designer, she brings knowledge gained from experience as a construction manager, field project manager and estimator. When not in the office, Kristen enjoys playing golf, mindful yoga, and calligraphy.
AIA | Architect
After more than a decade “abroad” in the Pacific Northwest—and a two year sunshine-break in Santa Fe—Thomas returned to Texas where he grew up and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Clayton & Little, he worked in Seattle at nationally recognized firms The Miller Hull Partnership and Olson Kundig on everything from residences to skyscrapers to museums. Returning to Texas has allowed him to be closer to family and within spitting distance of real breakfast tacos. Outside of the office, Thomas enjoys all things design-related, spending time and traveling with his wife, two children, and their distinguished dog, Eames, and training for the next race on his calendar.
A San Antonio native, it was during high school at the historic Thomas Jefferson campus that Javier first noticed the impact of architecture. Subsequently, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Fourteen years later with professional experiences gained in Texas and New York City, he brings perspectives on a broad range of projects to bear from large scale commercial projects to ranches to single family residences. Javier’s enthusiasm for painting and other artistic endeavors lends creativity to his work which he combines with carefully crafted design and attention to detail. In his downtime, Javier is either on a camping/backpacking/kayaking trip, contemplating his next one, or busy with the never-ending process of restoring his 1920’s Tudor Revival house. His pup, Margot, demands the rest of his attention.
AIA LEED AP BD+C | Architect
Born and raised in south Florida, Ari left the Sunshine State to study architecture at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Realizing the cold wasn’t her thing, she moved to Austin after graduating to pursue her Masters Degree at UT and continued to work locally on commercial and multi-family projects before joining Clayton & Little. Ari began to travel around the world with her family at a young age, gaining a deep appreciation for new environments, cultures, and the architecture that shapes them. She is passionate about design, music, travel, food, wellness, and her Siberian cat named Zinc.
Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
Sky relocated to Austin from the coast of Mississippi where he worked on many post-Katrina projects. Sky is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He also enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and working on low-income housing for developing countries. Though relatively new to the area, Sky has already developed an appreciation for Austin’s local cuisine, music, and people.
Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
Chloe grew up in South Carolina where she cultivated her love of photography, art, design, and psychology. She studied Studio Art and Arts Management at the College of Charleston where she graduated magna cum laude. She has worked in galleries, photography, production, and design studios in Charleston, Seattle, and now Austin. Chloe continues to use her visual arts skills through photography and visual storytelling. As a design-minded problem solver, she has learned the power of design can change lives, communities, and companies. Outside of the firm Chloe takes art classes, travels, thrifts, and spends time with her family.
A licensed architect in Colorado and Texas, Travis’s background is in fine arts and natural sciences. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining Clayton and Little, Travis had his own multi-disciplinary design firm with a landscape architect for 4 years. A project manager for many years at Andersson-Wise Architects, he managed institutional and custom residential work. Travis enjoys playing cello and guitar, and dreams of building a darkroom in his garage. He volunteers on the Board of Trustees at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, the Board of Directors of Preservation Austin, and the American Institute of Architects. Twin daughters keep Travis and his wife on their toes.
AIA | Architect
Born in Dallas and raised in Boise, Christian made his way west to earn his Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He completed a study abroad program in Rome where he developed a love for cities an appreciation for the process of revitalizing historical buildings and knitting them back into the urban fabric. He returned to Texas with a focus on enriching the built environment with an affinity for hospitality projects. Christian believes architecture has a purpose beyond aesthetic impression; it is an opportunity to enhance a city’s vitality. Christian also enjoys camping, fishing, reading, building furniture, watching documentaries, and spending time with his wife, Karli, and their daughter Sawyer.
Assoc. AIA | Project Designer
A Native West Texan, Nikole holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She studied at The University of Texas Arlington and graduated Summa Cum Laude. For the past few years, Nikole has roamed the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest while working at an AD-100 Firm in Seattle, WA with a focus on residential design. Nikole’s design decisions are guided by necessity, elemental simplicity through materiality, and details in the built environment. In her free time, Nikole loves to travel and further develop as an artist.
Interiors Project Manager
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Hanna attended the University of South Florida where she graduated at the top of her class with a Master of Architecture degree. Hanna pursued a variety of creative endeavors including painting, jewelry making, and photography before deciding to pursue architecture. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and soaking up Austin’s beautiful natural scenery.
AIA | Architect
Verónica was born and raised in the tropical island of Puerto Rico. Verónica completed her BFA in Interior Design at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in 2016. During her time in SCAD, Verónica transferred to the Hong Kong campus, where she gained exposure to the eastern design world. She received recognition on various projects selected for CIDA and a nomination for the USGBC Interior Design Award for her final thesis. Through her designs, Veronica strives to not only create spaces that are practical, sustainable and contemporary, but also create a connection between people and space.
Junior Interior Designer
Delia is passionate about historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and integrating nature elegantly into the built environment. She grew up in Austin where she began her creative journey at Johnston High School in the Liberal Arts Academy. She earned a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University and a MAR at UT San Antonio. Delia prides herself on combining the needs of clients and the expertise of consultants into a single voice. She works to provide clients with drawings that are collaborative, thoughtful and logical, schedules that are feasible, and projects that are cherished.
Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
Born in upstate New York, Josh has bounced around the United States and Canada while working and studying to explore and better understand well-crafted, place-based design. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Illinois, he spent three years working for regional architecture firms in Seattle and Texas. Josh completed his Master’s degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and then decided to return to the warm, beautifully rugged Texas desert landscape. Josh loves hiking, camping, kayaking, furniture making, fort building, and working toward his goal of visiting every U.S. National Park.
Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
Wendy was born and raised in a small town in northwest Pennsylvania. She left home at 17 to attend college and explore the world. This took her to Zurich, Switzerland, where she lived for 15 months and provided her with the opportunity to travel elsewhere in Europe to explore the many great cathedrals, castles, Roman ruins, and other historic sites. Wendy also lived in Utah and California before finally calling Austin home. Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from WGU Texas. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys time with her Norwegian Forest Cats (“Wegies”), working on her soy candle business, and relaxing with her husband on their land near Lampasas.
A native Texan, Amy grew up in the Dallas area. She attended Texas A&M where she earned a Bachelors in Environmental Design. To expand her understanding of what good design can accomplish and deepen her architectural knowledge, she attended the University of Texas to receive her Masters in Architecture. After graduation, she decided she loved Austin’s creative culture, active lifestyle and natural beauty too much to leave. When she is not in the office she is often exploring the lakes, hiking trails and swimming holes of Austin.
Assoc. AIA | Project Manager
A native Texan, Amy Lou was raised in Amarillo and by the time she moved to south Texas as a young teenager, her passion for numbers was already evident. She’s channeled that passion into an accounting career with experience in several industries including Semiconductor, Aviation and Social Media. After raising three children, she enjoys spending time with her four grandkids, cooking Sunday family dinners, and the quiet moments she can steal with her three beloved pets.
Amy Lou Pedraza
Born in Houston and raised in Houston and Denver, Sydney received her architectural education at Texas A&M University for her BED and University of Texas at Austin for her Masters of Architecture. Her architectural education inspired a passion for placemaking through thoughtful design. Outside of the office, Sydney enjoys travel, cooking, and time with her husband and their dog, Murphy.
Associate AIA | Project Designer
An East Texas native, Marc spent his youth exploring stormwater tunnels around his suburban neighborhood. After graduating from the University of Texas, Marc found a home in San Antonio’s old neighborhoods via work on the Pearl Brewery, Main Plaza, and other downtown renovations. Marc helped open Clayton & Little’s San Antonio office in 2015, building on his knowledge of Texas history and building traditions. He enjoys photography, renovating his 1950s house, and volunteering with organizations focused on growth in central San Antonio. His running partner/wife, Rachel, takes up the rest of his time.
AIA, LEED AP | Architect
Stephen grew up exploring the backwoods of the Texas Hill Country and urban environments of Austin and San Antonio. His parents’ love of road trips sparked an intense interest in understanding the natural and built environment. With a B.Arch from The University of Texas at San Antonio, Stephen set roots to work toward contributing meaningful enhancements to the rich urban fabric of the city he loves. His work experience includes a variety of projects ranging from legacy residential to commercial hospitality, as well as custom fabrication. He tries in vain to maintain a fleet of rusty and inoperable classic cars, making stuff out of metal, and resurrecting a 1920s Craftsman home with his very patient wife.
AIA | Architect
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