Clay holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as a Perry World House Graduate Fellow researching the relationship between public policy and design. During this time Clay was recognized as an Emerging Scholar Fellow at the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy in Vienna, Austria. Prior to his graduate studies, he received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Clay grew up on a working cattle ranch in Montana, where his family has been farming and ranching for six generations. His writing has been published in LA+ an Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture.
Recent projects at NBW include Circle Bar Ranch in Foxworth Mississippi, Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York, Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, New York, and Sunnyside Yards in New York City.