Howard Raley AIA

Howard Raley

My passion is for the craft of architecture, coupled with the knowledge of how buildings are correctly sequenced and constructed, which facilitates the nurturing of a design into the complicated three-dimensions of a successfully built space.  Prior to my first professional job in a small Marblehead office, I developed my skills as a builder, learning about process, craft, trade relationships and hierarchy. Working with a building team during the complicated construction phase, I always advocate for the best solution for all parties, and ultimately, the best solution for the client.


Recently promoted to Principal,  Howard has been with Flavin Architects since 2008. His deep understanding of the construction process enables the firm to move smoothly from technical drawings through to a finely-tuned building, assisting the client along each step of the way.  Howard has worked on a wide range of projects, from additions to an 18,000 square foot home in the Boston area, which called for considerable expertise in collaboration and organization. As a foundation for any project, he builds and maintains relationships with contractors and clients, and is adept at negotiating the landmines of local board approvals. He currently is a member on the Design Review Board in Wellesley, MA.


Howard received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado in Denver, and has an Environmental Design background from UC in Boulder.  His education continued as an intern at Arcosanti, the experimental town in the Arizona desert built to embody Paolo Soleri's concept of arcology, the fusion of architecture with ecology. Howard was Construction Manager of the East Crescent, a passive solar structure implementing Soleri’s unique designs and construction methods.