About Clarke Caton Hintz

Clarke Caton Hintz: A planning and design collaborative

We believe that architecture, planning and landscape architecture are fundamentally interdependent — that each discipline is enhanced by our expertise in the other. Through our multi-faceted approach, we collaborate with our clients and partners to produce enduring architecture, livable places and sustainable environments.

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Professional diversity enriches our ability to respond to the needs of our clients and partners with meaningful planning and design solutions.

Within our studio, mutual appreciation for each member’s unique abilities fosters a culture of collaboration that is reflected in our collective success and accomplishments.  Professional development of our team is supported through mentoring, continuing education, participation in professional organizations and community involvement.


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Sustainability is a fundamental underpinning of our practice.

Our commitment to sustainable planning and design is apparent throughout our disciplines.  Our efforts are most obvious in our approach to architectural design, building materials, energy systems, “green” infrastructure, resiliency, redevelopment planning and preservation. Incorporating sustainability as an underpinning for our work leads to the creation of healthy, durable, and livable places.

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Key People of Clarke Caton Hintz

Michael Hanrahan, AIA has been a key member of Clarke Caton Hintz for over twenty years. Michael has served as lead designer and project manager for many of the firm’s notable and award-winning projects. He has worked on projects of varying scale and type across multiple market sectors. Michael also has extensive experience in historic preservation and the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. He is particularly adept at taking practical advantage of the existing character of historic spaces. Past projects include the restoration of the Historic Hunterdon County Courthouse, home of the famed Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial of the 1930’s; 200 Elm Drive, the adaptive re-use of the former Princeton University boilerhouse as new University administrative offices; the renovation and expansion of the Roebling Mansion as the new home for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities; the 164th Street Garage, a new parking garage supporting the new Yankee Stadium; the new headquarters for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association; the new Sea Lion and Touch Tank Exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo; and Engineering Hall, a new engineering teaching and research facility for the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University.

In addition to distinguishing himself professionally, Michael Hanrahan, AIA has also dedicated his time to serve the profession of architecture. Since 1999, Michael has been actively involved in AIA New Jersey, culminating in his Presidency in 2011. For his service, Michael was recognized in 2012 as a recipient of the AIA National Young Architect Award.

Michael Hanrahan, AIA obtained a Bachelors of Architecture, with Honors, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1996. Simultaneously, Michael earned a dual degree garnering a Master of Science in Management in the same year.

Mary Beth Lonergan

pp, aicp

  • Notable Projects
  • Cranbury Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
  • Delanco Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
  • Ho-Ho-Kus Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
  • Ocean Township Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
  • Pennsville Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
  • Court Master for Bordentown Township
  • Court Master for Washington Township-Bergen County
  • Court Master for Rochelle Park
  • Court Master for Westampton
  • Court Master for Emerson

Ms. Lonergan is a professional planner with over 25 years experience in land use planning in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Lonergan has an expertise in affordable housing planning having been named Special Court Master in Mt. Laurel litigation before the New Jersey Superior Court and having prepared and implemented affordable housing plans for over 20 municipal clients. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lonergan worked for the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) for eight years as Chief of Housing Services. Ms. Lonergan regularly attends planning and zoning board public meetings as a municipal planning consultant. Ms. Lonergan's private sector experience includes expert planning testimony and development feasibility analyses and fiscal impact statements.

Michael brings to the firm a far reaching and broad appreciation for design and the built environment. He has led teams on complex and enduring projects. Among them, the adaptive reuse of the historic Roebling complex in Trenton, New Jersey, the renovation and addition to the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College, multiple large scale renovations to critical buildings at the heart of Montclair State University, and the nearly $300 million dollar, multi-structure parks and recreation development supporting Yankee Stadium in New York.

Elizabeth McManus

PP, AICP, LEED AP

Elizabeth McManus is a professional planner with 16 years of planning experience. She serves as the planning consultant to Planning Boards and Zoning Boards throughout New Jersey. Ms. McManus has worked extensively on municipal master plans, redevelopment studies, affordable housing plans, land use and zoning ordinances, site plan, subdivision, and “d” variance application reviews. She also provides expert witness testimony and organizes and facilities public input meetings. Ms. McManus’s private sector experience includes the preparation of expert planning testimony in support of variance and re-zoning applications. She has a special expertise in affordable housing planning; she has prepared affordable housing plans for municipalities across the State and serves as Special Court Master for more than 30 municipal Mt. Laurel litigation cases before the New Jersey Superior Court.

As an award winning architect and designer, Stephen brings over twenty years of experience in a wide variety of architecture, planning and landscape architecture projects. His experience includes all phases of project development: from schematic design to construction administration. He has had designs published in American School and University Magazine, Architect Magazine, Texas Architect Magazine, and the book Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture. His design work on the new Roebling School in Trenton and at the Rutgers University Tillett Hall renovation received design awards by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2011, Stephen was presented with the AIA-NJ Young Architect of the Year Award.

Kendra Lelie

PP, AICP, ASLA

Kendra Lelie is a highly accomplished design and planning professional with over 20 years of experience directing planning and design projects from concept to completion. Her successful track record includes the preparation of master plans, zoning ordinances and redevelopment plans, with a specific expertise on livable places, smart growth, affordable housing and recreational planning/design. Ms. Lelie provides expert testimony and reports in the defense of municipalities when litigation arises over land use or affordable housing matters. She has served as the consulting planner for planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment throughout NJ.

Geoffrey Vaughn has played an integral design and project management roles in a wide variety of planning, urban redevelopment and landscape architectural projects. His extensive experience includes projects in the commercial and public sectors as well as downtown and regional studies in New Jersey. Along with his landscape architectural experience he has been involved in GIS mapping of land use, zoning, environmental, park, recreation and open space plans for several townships throughout New Jersey. Mr. Vaughn's project management experience can be seen in the preparation of construction documentation for several of the firms recent Landscape Architectural projects including the Glassbororo Town Square, Mercer County September 11 Memorial, Village Square Park, Locust Grove Boulevard, and The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

Jacqueline's professional experience includes the design of both renovations and new construction for Corporate, Financial Institution, Law Firm, Research & Development, Education and University clients. She has expertise in all phases of interior design including programming, space planning, design development as well as the furniture and finish selection phases. Jacquie was a key member of the CCH design team for the Rutgers Tillett Hall renovation project, which won an AIA/NJ Design Award. She is currently working on several projects for Thomas Edison State College, including their new School of Nursing and renovations for several of their academic and administrative departments, as well as a broad range of other academic and corporate interiors, many with a strong sustainability component.

Jorge L. Septien

Assoc. AIA, CSI

Mr. Septién has been with Clarke Caton Hintz since 2007 and has been responsible for the multitude of Information Technology aspects of the firm including serving as its CAD Manager. He has focused the past 23 years of his professional life to streamlining production by facilitating the use of the computer and network infrastructure of several architectural firms in New York and New Jersey. Jorge is an active member of AUGI (Autodesk® User Group International) and was involved in the early development of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS) Layer guidelines. He is currently working with other key people in and out of the firm on incorporating BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the current workflow of CCH with minimal workflow interruption and a proper training approach.