Benjamin Clavan, Ph.D. is one of a small number of architects who has completed advanced studies in architecture and also established a successful and ongoing architectural practice. Working as the principal of his own business, Dr. Clavan has completed specialized projects in the residential, commercial, and institutional arenas that often combine intense investigation as well as detailed design elements.  With a grounding in research in architectural theory and practice, Benjamin’s work attempts to bridge the often wide gap between architectural imagination and reality. Clients look to Benjamin to sort out complex building problems and provide innovative yet approachable design solutions. Dr. Clavan is also deeply involved in helping find ways of strengthening the urban fabric and cultural identity of his community.

Community Involvement and Organizations

  • Member, American Institute of Architects, 1990-2017
  • Elected Member, Mid-City West Community Council, Los Angeles, California; Chair, Land Use Planning Committee, 2002-2004.
  • Appointed Member, West Hollywood Public Facilities Commission, West Hollywood, California, 1997-2001
  • Appointed Member, West Hollywood Planning Commission, West Hollywood, California, 1990-1992
  • Coordinator and Website Editor, international Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence Competition, 1997-current. (
  • Accredited Post-Earthquake Damage Assessment Volunteer, California Office of Emergency Services, 1996-2002

Professional Licensing

  • Licensed Architect in the State of California (1982–current, License No. C 012316)
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of California (1987-96)


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design
  • Master of Architecture, U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture
  • Non-degree student, Diploma in Architecture class, School of Environmental Studies (The Bartlett), University College London