Colin Flavin AIA

colin flavin

Our architectural office exemplifies our approach to design, where sustainability and beautiful modern style exist hand in hand. Visitors remark at our day-lit space and crisply detailed natural materials, while unobtrusive technology allows us to use less than a third the energy of comparable spaces. We’re always striving to find new approaches to attain this ideal of sustainability and function wed with beauty.

Founding Principal

Colin leads the firm's design of residential and commercial projects.  He is responsible for cultivating Flavin Architects' unique style of Natural Modernism, where sustainable design and respect for a building’s context come together with a cutting-edge aesthetic. He excels at understanding client aspirations and bringing their projects to life.  In a world of computer-generated design work, he is an avid sketch artist, continually hand-drawing interesting buildings or architectural details that will expand his repertoire and become a reference for his design work.


At MIT, where Colin received his Masters of Architecture, he was awarded the Chamberlain Prize for Design Excellence. Prior to founding Flavin Architects in 1991, he was an Associate at Benjamin Thompson & Associates, working as a designer on projects that included Union Station in Washington, D.C. and South Street Seaport in New York City, as well as some of the firms unique beach houses on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.  Under his stewardship, Flavin Architects has won state and national design awards and the firm's work has appeared in a number of publications.


Member, Downtown North Association Board of Directors, effective May 31, 2012.

Juror, Boston Society of Architects, Interior Architecture Awards, June 13, 2012.

Tour Leader, Boston Holocaust Memorial, UC Santa Cruz alumni association.