In dual roles as professor in the Department of Architecture at Texas A&M University and C.E.O. of SMARTreview Inc., Dr. Mark J. Clayton has created innovative technology in the AECO industry and promulgated expertise in computing to thousands of students. He earned architecture degrees from Virginia Tech and UCLA, producing the widely used Climate Consultant software for energy efficient design. His dissertation, completed at Stanford University, describes a precursor to Building Information Modeling that was one of the first AECO software systems to make use of the World Wide Web.
Over the past 23 years at Texas A&M, Dr. Clayton has provided continuous leadership in education in information technology. He was instrumental in adoption of WiFi, instatement of a computer ownership requirement, acquisition of digital fabrication equipment, arranging for free design software for students, adoption of Virtual Reality for architectural design, and adoption of BIM. He helped to found the seventeen acre College of Architecture Fabrication Facility. He continues to teach courses in design, digital fabrication, research methods, and software development. He is the William M. Pena Professor of Information Management and the Director of the CRS Center, and holds the J. Thomas Regan Prize for Interdisciplinary faculty.
As co-founder of SMARTreview Inc., he has guided the creation of software that checks a building against provisions of the International Building Code and produces a detailed report of compliance for aid in expediting the issuance of a building permit.