Claire is a founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design, which was recently named Firm of the Year by the New York State American Institute of Architects. For more than 25 years, she has developed WXY into a multidisciplinary practice focused on the art of re-imagining infrastructure. The studio’s award winning work, recognized for its architectural approach to urban design at all scales, has been published broadly from Architectural Record and Civil Engineering to Interior Design and Metropolis magazines.
Recent projects include New York’s first rebuilding effort after Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaway Boardwalk and Resiliency blueprint; and Blue Dunes, an offshore coastal protection plan that was a finalist in the Rebuild by Design competition. Other notable projects include the Brooklyn Strand, a series of parks and infrastructure interventions that reconnect Brooklyn’s booming downtown with the redeveloped waterfront; and the SeaGlass Carousel, the culmination of two decades of work transforming Battery Park in Lower Manhattan from acres of asphalt into a world-class destination.
Claire co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space, New York City’s premier urban design think tank. She is visiting faculty at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She received a professional degree from The University of Toronto with honors and a Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.