Our mission is to create warm, tactile, singular spaces that have an intuitive flow and are built to last. Humane. Authentic. Refined. Respecting both past and present. We value these qualities—in design, and beyond.

Our practice is small by design. When you engage us, you work directly with architect Michael Howells.

Michael Howells


Professional Credentials & Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA) member

US Green Building Council LEED accredited professional (LEED AP)

Practice History

In 2008, I started Howells Architecture + Design in Portland, Oregon, with a desire to make beautiful, livable spaces that express the west but also benefit from a global sophistication.

Working with older homes
Renovation is a big part of my practice because it’s a personal passion. My love of older houses goes back to a childhood spent moving around the country with a single mom who loved Florida kitsch, collected Fiestaware, and could turn an ordinary house into something special.

After graduate school and an internship at Michael F. Bauer in Santa Fe, I moved to New York City, where I learned the subtleties of residential renovation at AD100 architect Alan Wanzenberg. I continue to draw on that experience here in Portland, a city with a rich stock of vintage homes.

Building from the ground up
I have been lucky to work on new custom residential projects and a Zen center. Before launching Howells Architecture + Design, I acquired crucial skills in new construction as a project architect at Carney Logan Burke in Jackson Hole.

I divide my work time between my desk and job sites. I enjoy taking photos of buildings and landscapes I spot while on the road. You can follow me on Instagram (@howellsarc).


I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 1989, and a Master of Architecture (with Distinction) from the same in 1999.