Our Team

Clara Carlisle, AIA

Founding Partner

Clara, a founding partner of 708 Studios, LLC, is fully-licensed in multiple states. While she has designed all types of projects, she specializes in commercial, restaurant and medical projects. Her 20+ years of experience include working for a design-build healthcare firm in Dallas, and a medical architecture group in Portland, Oregon. With a Master of Architecture degree and specialized Certificate in Healthcare Design from Texas A&M University, her education and experience are hard to parallel.

Through her international travels to Europe, Central America and Africa, Clara brings a broad range of influences to her designs. She is a member of the US Green Building Council, served as a speaker at the HeathcareDesign.06 Conference in Chicago where she presented on Neonatal Intensive Care design, and authored a magazine article about environmentally-sensitive living and green architecture. Clara has enjoyed working on several types of commercial / healthcare projects, including a surgery replacement center, office remodels, labor and delivery centers, oncology centers, and has consulted on healing art, way-finding, and patient-centered design.

Clara finds balance during family camping trips and weekly pottery class, and has been dubbed the “Bobby Fischer of Connect 4”.

Holly T. Stuart, AIA

Founding Partner

Holly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University. Concurrent with her MA, she received a Certificate in Historic Preservation.

Embracing our existing historic materials and conserving our resources draws Holly to include unique and sustainable options in all her designs. Whether researching hardware for the restoration of the Harrison County Courthouse or in the details of a neo-classical home, her knowledge of proportion and style guide her designs. Holly’s passion is residential architecture, historic preservation and restoration, and design. She believes in incorporating historically-accurate details in proportionally-pleasing designs to create welcoming and healing spaces. She is licensed in multiple states.

When taking a break from designing, Holly sings with the Sweet Adeline International Women’s Barbershop Champion Rich-Tone Chorus and enjoys time with her husband and six children. She also makes a mean homemade Jack Daniel’s spaghetti sauce.

Mary James


Mary was drawn to the “Art of Building Design” at a very early age while visiting her paternal uncle’s architecture firm. This early exposure to architecture led to a passion to follow a more formal education. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (India) followed by a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A&M University, where she also received a certificate in Healthcare Architecture. She is a LEED accredited Licensed Architect in Texas, and reinforces her focus on “sustainability, preservation and community” in all her designs. She has worked on various Healthcare, Civic and Justice projects in two reputed Dallas architecture firms since 2000. As an architect with 708 Studios she has been involved in both residential and commercial design projects. She continues to be fascinated with the way buildings interact with nature and believes that “every building designed, should become an integral part of the nature surrounding it”. Her desire to contribute to a sustainable design solution while preserving natural resources is accentuated by her attention to detail in all her projects.

Mary makes her home in Carrollton, Texas with her husband and three children. She loves travelling every summer across the country on road trips. She is also very involved in a non-profit Christian organization (founded along with her husband) to help reach the needy in the community.

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