About

Principals

Paul Clayton, AIA

Born the son of a mechanic in West Texas, Paul has a quiet manner, keen business sense, and pragmatic approach that builds on his natural talent for architecture and devotion to sculptural form. Educated in both architecture and business, Paul is comfortable designing classical and contemporary, residential and commercial, as well as directing the firm’s construction company. 

Paul responds to each project according to its needs, with an ability to realize detailed spaces that are inspirational, authentic, and always cognizant of the people and places involved. 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.

Emily Little, FAIA

Emily infuses her designs with the lives and circumstances that surround each project, intertwining them with design and function. 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.

Twice named Austin’s Best Architect by the Austin Chronicle, Emily is an expert in historic preservation whose work has indelibly colored the fabric of her native Austin. In addition to consistently mindful new construction, her portfolio includes residential additions, historic renovations, and commercial adaptive re-use projects that demonstrate her ability to coax dynamic new spaces from worn and tired ones, reframing their honest humanity in a new context.

Staff

Holly Arthur
Assoc. AIA, LEED GA

Holly is a fourth generation Texan, raised on the same land as the previous generations before her.  She left the homestead to study Environmental Design at Texas A&M University and later obtained an MArch at the University of Texas in Arlington. Having her MArch permitted Holly to cross the border for work in beautiful British Columbia.  There, she was a forefather of a non-profit organization, Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, and is still a board member.  When she’s not slaving over architecture, she sneaks in some time at her studio where she designs her own jewelry line.

Adam O'Sullivan
Architectural Intern

Adam is a true Austinite, growing up here and graduating from Bowie High School.  He worked construction for five years, then spent 4 years as an Army medic stationed at Fort Hood, spending one year in Iraq.  He is currently attending the University of Texas.  He enjoys running with his dog, mountain biking, woodworking, and going to see good music.

Christopher Gonzalez
Assoc. AIA, LEED GA

Born in Austin and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Christopher graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio at the top of his class.  After several years working on large-scale public projects in San Antonio, Christopher and his wife recently moved to East Austin.  In his spare time, Christopher enjoys music, the outdoors, and traveling with his wife, Mari, and dog, Pippin.

Sadi Brewton
Associate AIA

A lifelong Texan, minus several years spent living in New Orleans and the United Kingdom, Sadi is happiest lounging on the side of Barton Springs Pool sketching and reading. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University and spent a year abroad in Scotland studying at the Glasgow School of Art. Out of the office Sadi enjoys: cooking spicy food, collaborating on design projects with her husband, Jonathan and working in her vegetable garden.

Mark Epstein
Associate AIA

Mark recently relocated from St. Louis where he was born and raised and also attended Architecture School at Washington University, earning a dual Master’s degree in Architecture and Construction Management. During his studies he had the unique opportunity to gain diverse perspectives while studying and visiting thirteen different countries. Mark joins the team to expand his experience while continuing to work towards licensure.

Annie-Laurie Grabiel
Associate AIA, LEED AP

Annie-Laurie was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She left to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received bachelor’s degrees in both fine art and architecture.
The focus of her career has been hotels, resorts and city planning projects primarily in the Middle East and Mexico. Annie moved to Austin in 2010 and absolutely loves it.

Carolina Cantu
Associate AIA

Carolina Cantu grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, where she studied Architecture at the ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey). Before C&L, her career started in Monterrey, working for WAM Arquitectos. In her spare time, she enjoys working on DIY craft projects, painting free hand designs on walls, visiting museums, and she loves to travel.

George Wilcox
AIA, LEED Green Associate

George hails from Chattanooga, TN and attended UT (the real one, founded in 1794) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before coming to Austin. Outside of the office, George splits his time volunteering for Architecture for Humanity, Austin Chapter, as a co-director, hiking and backpacking with his wife and dog (Jasper), and trying his hand at Ultimate Frisbee.

Jesus Torres-Sosa
Assoc. AIA

A graduate of Kansas State University, Jesus comes to Austin by way of Kansas City and Guadalajara, Mexico, where he was born. Jesus has a wide range of experience with commercial, civic, high-density residential / hotel, and sports projects in the United States, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. In their spare time, Jesus and his wife enjoy art, volunteering, and trying all of Austin’s outdoor activities.

Lela Lee
Accountant

Coming to Austin by way of Houston, Lela is our resident accounting guru and office manager at times. When she is not keeping the books for C&L, Lela can be found curled up with a good book or playing solitaire.

Mark Olsen
Associate AIA, LEED AP

Originally from Tyler, TX, Mark joins us after his recent graduation from the University of Colorado, Denver. During his education at UC and at Texas A&M before that, Mark he focused his studies on sustainable design and design-build project delivery. In the rare case of free time, Mark fills it with food, family, outdoor fun, reading, and various creative projects.

Erin Bettison
Marketing Director

Erin called the Texas Gulf Coast home before coming “back” to Austin after attending The University of Texas. Erin is an experienced AEC marketer, having spent the last 7 years in similar roles for architecture and construction firms. Outside of the office, you can find Erin running the Town Lake Trail while training for marathons and trail races, in addition to trying out as many new restaurants as possible and spending time with her two dogs.

Nathan Quiring
AIA

Nathan comes to us from the east coast, where he practiced in New York and New Jersey after graduating from Virginia Tech. Happy to have found Texas, he and his wife, Kiera, now live in eastern Travis County with their horses, chickens, and dogs. Nathan sits on the Board of Front Steps and plays piano with his band, Lost & Nameless Orchestra.

Sam Manning
Associate AIA

Born and raised in Alaska, Sam made his way to Texas after graduating from Washington State University. After volunteering for AFH-Austin, Design 3x2 and helping to design a chicken coop for Travis Heights Elementary School, his spare time is filled by playing basketball and brewing his own beer; but will have to put those hobbies aside soon to complete his Architectural licensing exams.

Sky Currie
Associate AIA

Sky recently relocated to Austin from the Coast of Mississippi where he worked on many post-Katrina projects.  Sky is a graduate of Mississippi State University and in his spare time enjoys reading, traveling, music, and working on low-income housing for developing countries.  Though new to the area Sky has already developed an appreciation for the local cuisine, music, and people.

Stuart Brummett
AIA

Stuart graduated with degrees in Architecture and Business prior to spending a dozen years in Colorado designing high-end residences, multi-family, and hospitality buildings.  In 2009, he was named among “the top 20 designers under 40” by Mountain Living Magazine.  He and his family have recently returned to Texas in pursuit of a patch of dirt and the perfect BBQ.

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