Meet the Team

Our architects and designers share a passion for contemporary residential design. For the past fifteen years, this narrow focus has allowed our team to develop the expertise and skills needed to build enduring homes in New England and beyond.

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Colin Flavin, AIA

Founding Principal
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Howard Raley, AIA

Principal
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Heather Souza, AIA

Junior Principal
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Doug Ludgin, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Colin Flavin, AIA

Founding Principal

cflavin
@flavinarchitects.com

Colin directs the firm's design of residential projects. He cultivated Flavin Architects' unique style of Natural Modernism, in which sustainable design and respect for a building’s context are key elements of a clean, contemporary aesthetic. In a world of computer-generated design work, he is an avid sketch artist. Colin brings his drawing skills to conceptualizing the firm’s design work. He excels at recognizing client aspirations and bringing their projects to life. Under Colin’s leadership, Flavin Architects has won state and national design awards and the firm's work has appeared in a range of publications from local to international.

Colin received his Masters of Architecture at MIT, where he was awarded the Chamberlain Prize for Design Excellence. Prior to founding Flavin Architects in 1991, Colin gained practical experience as an associate at Benjamin Thompson & Associates. In his time there, he worked as a designer on projects including Union Station in Washington, D.C. and South Street Seaport in New York City, as well as houses on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Additional Credentials

Speaker, ABX 2020, Mid-Century meets 21st Century Performance

Speaker, B/A/D Talks 2020 Modernist Homes in New England

Speaker, ABX 2019, Design Lessons from Vintage Modern Houses

Glenn Murcutt Master Class, Sydney, AU, 2018

Editorial Contributor, houzz.com, 2016- 2020

Juror, BSA Interior Architecture Awards, 2012

Howard Raley, AIA

Principal

hraley
@flavinarchitects.com

Howard joined Flavin Architects in 2008 and has since earned his position as Principal. He has a deep understanding of the construction process, which helps enable the firm to move smoothly from construction documents to a completed home. He has worked on a wide range of projects, from highly detailed small additions to an 18,000 SQFT modern home, which called for considerable expertise in collaboration and organization. Howard builds and maintains relationships with contractors and consultants and is adept at negotiating the nuances of state and local board approvals. He was a member of the Design Review Board in Wellesley, MA for several years, and makes a focused effort to remain active in the community.

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

Heather Souza, AIA

Junior Principal

hsouza
@flavinarchitects.com

Since joining Flavin Architects in 2013 Heather has risen from Senior Designer to Junior Principal. She has designed and managed several of the firm’s award winning and published projects. One of Heather’s most valued contributions begins with the ability to form a relationship with the client and understand their intentions, in order to mold the project in a way that best elevates their way of living. Heather’s background of a modern urban focused education and her professional career in traditional residential has afforded her the opportunity to explore a larger spectrum of design and construction methods. Her contribution to the firm extends beyond her design projects as she is additionally involved in the marketing and promotion of Flavin Architects.

Heather received her Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University, graduating magna cum laude in 2009. She also received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, graduating cum laude with a minor in History. She gained practical experience as a Junior Designer at a small architectural firm in Rhode Island that specializes in custom New England Shingle style residential projects. Prior to joining Flavin Architects, Heather held a dual role of Designer and Construction Administrator for a Boston-based design-build company.

Doug Ludgin, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

dludgin
@flavinarchitects.com

Doug has over 20 years of experience in architecture, mostly focused on the design of custom residences. Since joining Flavin Architects in 2013, Doug has been the project architect for numerous prominent projects including the award-winning Green Mountain Getaway and several estate properties for a repeat client. These projects include multi-phased renovations and new construction across Boston, Weston, and Osterville. Doug has been instrumental in all project phases and has contributed to the studio’s schematic design process in particular, to ensure the initial project vision is brought to life. He maintains an unrelenting focus as the design and construction processes evolve.

Doug received his Masters of Architecture from Rice University and B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional. He stays engaged in the community having served many years as a member of the North Andover Zoning Board of Appeals and as a coach for youth soccer and baseball teams.

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Bryan Apito, AIA

Project Architect
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Nicole O'Brien

Designer
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Ivan Grekov

Designer
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Nathan Lynch

Designer

Bryan Apito, AIA

Project Architect

bapito
@flavinarchitects.com

Bryan joined Flavin Architects in 2018 where he has excelled at working alongside Principal, Colin Flavin to carefully design and site new homes in their landscape. He learned design through the craft of drafting and continues to promote the use of hand drawing in the design process. Prior to joining Flavin Architects, Bryan became a registered Architect in Washington D.C. where he designed custom buildings from their initial concept through to construction.

Bryan received his Masters of Architecture from the Roger Williams University, SAAHP in Bristol, Rhode Island. He also received a BS in Architecture from RWU with minors in both Sustainability Studies and Architectural History. Bryan is also an experienced photographer who enjoys telling photographic stories from scenes of nature and cities.

Nicole O'Brien

Designer

nobrien
@flavinarchitects.com

With more than a decade of experience in architecture, Nicole joined the Flavin Architects team in 2017. She previously worked as a construction supervisor and site coordinator contributing to an integral understanding of the process of architectural design. She enjoys the challenge of working a design through from preliminary sketches to finished construction, and relishes collaborating with clients and contractors throughout. Nicole uses her considerable creative problem solving skills to think through the experienced impact of architecture. This sense for how architecture can impact those experiencing it leads her to develop effective design solutions.

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006, where she won a citywide design competition based on a real-world neighborhood revitalization project. In addition to her residential expertise, she has cross-disciplinary experience in industrial design and custom furniture building.

Ivan Grekov

Designer

igrekov
@flavinarchitects.com

Ivan joined Flavin Architects as an intern in 2016 and has since become a designer. He works closely with the team to give shape to the building’s materials and massing through digital media technologies like SketchUp, and through carefully handcrafted wood models. This essential work assists clients in confirming and realizing their vision.

Ivan earned his Masters of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and received a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine. Over the course of his studies, he acquired a critical eye and sharpened his creative thinking, both of which he applies in his work developing visual representations.

Nathan Lynch

Designer

nlynch
@flavinarchitects.com

After previously working as an intern architect with several award-winning design firms in the New England area, Nathan joined Flavin Architects in 2019. He has a background in residential design and building construction, and his work at Flavin Architects represents a natural step coming from a family rich with builders, architects, and tradesmen.

Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, completing his studies in 2016. He graduated with honors and was recognized with multiple awards throughout his academic career. While in school, Nathan nurtured his appreciation for design and architecture, expanding his knowledge of the craft through hand drawing, model building, and research.

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Cara Sy

Designer
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Sharon Hogan MBA

Chief Financial Officer
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Stephanie Wallace

Operations Manager

Cara joined Flavin Architects in 2020. She previously worked in firms specializing in high-end residential, retail, and commercial projects in New York City. Cara enjoys the holistic process that architecture compels. Work like crafting construction documents or creating presentations is all tied together by the development of a personal relationship between architect and client.

She obtained her Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She has gained extensive research and work experience at offices in New York, San Francisco, Zurich, and Johannesburg.

Sharon Hogan MBA

Chief Financial Officer

shogan
@flavinarchitects.com

Sharon joined Flavin Architects as part-time CFO in 2019, and offers financial and accounting support and insight to the leadership team. She has had the experience of working with contractors, both in building her own home, and in renovating her 110-year-old three family in Brookline.

Sharon received her MBA in Finance from Northeastern University. She worked at Gillette in the Razor Division where she received excellent accounting training. Afterwards, Sharon moved with her family to Chapel Hill NC, where she worked with many small businesses in various finance roles. She raised her children in Chapel Hill, and after moving back to Boston, formed her own consulting company, which works with small businesses throughout Boston and its metro area.

Stephanie Wallace

Operations Manager

swallace
@flavinarchitects.com

Stephanie joined Flavin Architects in 2017 as Studio Manager and Bookkeeper. She has an eye for detail and has streamlined, organized, or developed systems to create logical and concrete improvements in operations, communication, and management. A true jack-of-all-trades, her passion for collaboration originates in her interdisciplinary graduate education in art and photography. She has grown into the role of Operations Manager by keeping the studio running efficiently, handling incoming client inquiries, invoicing, and reporting, as well as the marketing and promotion of Flavin Architect’s work.

Stephanie received her Masters of Fine Art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and her Bachelors of Fine Art in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She photographs with film and digital, creating narratives by framing the everyday in a way that reveals beauty while exploring the notion of an idealized world. Her work has been exhibited at First Street Gallery in New York, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco.

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Colin Flavin, AIA

Founding Principal
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Howard Raley, AIA

Principal

Colin Flavin, AIA

Founding Principal

cflavin
@flavinarchitects.com

Colin directs the firm's design of residential projects. He cultivated Flavin Architects' unique style of Natural Modernism, in which sustainable design and respect for a building’s context are key elements of a clean, contemporary aesthetic. In a world of computer-generated design work, he is an avid sketch artist. Colin brings his drawing skills to conceptualizing the firm’s design work. He excels at recognizing client aspirations and bringing their projects to life. Under Colin’s leadership, Flavin Architects has won state and national design awards and the firm's work has appeared in a range of publications from local to international.

Colin received his Masters of Architecture at MIT, where he was awarded the Chamberlain Prize for Design Excellence. Prior to founding Flavin Architects in 1991, Colin gained practical experience as an associate at Benjamin Thompson & Associates. In his time there, he worked as a designer on projects including Union Station in Washington, D.C. and South Street Seaport in New York City, as well as houses on Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod.

Additional Credentials

Speaker, ABX 2020, Mid-Century meets 21st Century Performance

Speaker, B/A/D Talks 2020 Modernist Homes in New England

Speaker, ABX 2019, Design Lessons from Vintage Modern Houses

Glenn Murcutt Master Class, Sydney, AU, 2018

Editorial Contributor, houzz.com, 2016- 2020

Juror, BSA Interior Architecture Awards, 2012

Howard Raley, AIA

Principal

hraley
@flavinarchitects.com

Howard joined Flavin Architects in 2008 and has since earned his position as Principal. He has a deep understanding of the construction process, which helps enable the firm to move smoothly from construction documents to a completed home. He has worked on a wide range of projects, from highly detailed small additions to an 18,000 SQFT modern home, which called for considerable expertise in collaboration and organization. Howard builds and maintains relationships with contractors and consultants and is adept at negotiating the nuances of state and local board approvals. He was a member of the Design Review Board in Wellesley, MA for several years, and makes a focused effort to remain active in the community.

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

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Heather Souza, AIA

Junior Principal
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Doug Ludgin, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Heather Souza, AIA

Junior Principal

hsouza
@flavinarchitects.com

Since joining Flavin Architects in 2013 Heather has risen from Senior Designer to Junior Principal. She has designed and managed several of the firm’s award winning and published projects. One of Heather’s most valued contributions begins with the ability to form a relationship with the client and understand their intentions, in order to mold the project in a way that best elevates their way of living. Heather’s background of a modern urban focused education and her professional career in traditional residential has afforded her the opportunity to explore a larger spectrum of design and construction methods. Her contribution to the firm extends beyond her design projects as she is additionally involved in the marketing and promotion of Flavin Architects.

Heather received her Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University, graduating magna cum laude in 2009. She also received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, graduating cum laude with a minor in History. She gained practical experience as a Junior Designer at a small architectural firm in Rhode Island that specializes in custom New England Shingle style residential projects. Prior to joining Flavin Architects, Heather held a dual role of Designer and Construction Administrator for a Boston-based design-build company.

Doug Ludgin, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

dludgin
@flavinarchitects.com

Doug has over 20 years of experience in architecture, mostly focused on the design of custom residences. Since joining Flavin Architects in 2013, Doug has been the project architect for numerous prominent projects including the award-winning Green Mountain Getaway and several estate properties for a repeat client. These projects include multi-phased renovations and new construction across Boston, Weston, and Osterville. Doug has been instrumental in all project phases and has contributed to the studio’s schematic design process in particular, to ensure the initial project vision is brought to life. He maintains an unrelenting focus as the design and construction processes evolve.

Doug received his Masters of Architecture from Rice University and B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional. He stays engaged in the community having served many years as a member of the North Andover Zoning Board of Appeals and as a coach for youth soccer and baseball teams.

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Bryan Apito, AIA

Project Architect
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Nicole O'Brien

Designer

Bryan Apito, AIA

Project Architect

bapito
@flavinarchitects.com

Bryan joined Flavin Architects in 2018 where he has excelled at working alongside Principal, Colin Flavin to carefully design and site new homes in their landscape. He learned design through the craft of drafting and continues to promote the use of hand drawing in the design process. Prior to joining Flavin Architects, Bryan became a registered Architect in Washington D.C. where he designed custom buildings from their initial concept through to construction.

Bryan received his Masters of Architecture from the Roger Williams University, SAAHP in Bristol, Rhode Island. He also received a BS in Architecture from RWU with minors in both Sustainability Studies and Architectural History. Bryan is also an experienced photographer who enjoys telling photographic stories from scenes of nature and cities.

Nicole O'Brien

Designer

nobrien
@flavinarchitects.com

With more than a decade of experience in architecture, Nicole joined the Flavin Architects team in 2017. She previously worked as a construction supervisor and site coordinator contributing to an integral understanding of the process of architectural design. She enjoys the challenge of working a design through from preliminary sketches to finished construction, and relishes collaborating with clients and contractors throughout. Nicole uses her considerable creative problem solving skills to think through the experienced impact of architecture. This sense for how architecture can impact those experiencing it leads her to develop effective design solutions.

Nicole earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2006, where she won a citywide design competition based on a real-world neighborhood revitalization project. In addition to her residential expertise, she has cross-disciplinary experience in industrial design and custom furniture building.

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Ivan Grekov

Designer
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Nathan Lynch

Designer

Ivan Grekov

Designer

igrekov
@flavinarchitects.com

Ivan joined Flavin Architects as an intern in 2016 and has since become a designer. He works closely with the team to give shape to the building’s materials and massing through digital media technologies like SketchUp, and through carefully handcrafted wood models. This essential work assists clients in confirming and realizing their vision.

Ivan earned his Masters of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and received a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in Kharkov, Ukraine. Over the course of his studies, he acquired a critical eye and sharpened his creative thinking, both of which he applies in his work developing visual representations.

Nathan Lynch

Designer

nlynch
@flavinarchitects.com

After previously working as an intern architect with several award-winning design firms in the New England area, Nathan joined Flavin Architects in 2019. He has a background in residential design and building construction, and his work at Flavin Architects represents a natural step coming from a family rich with builders, architects, and tradesmen.

Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Roger Williams University (RWU) School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation, completing his studies in 2016. He graduated with honors and was recognized with multiple awards throughout his academic career. While in school, Nathan nurtured his appreciation for design and architecture, expanding his knowledge of the craft through hand drawing, model building, and research.

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Cara Sy

Designer
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Sharon Hogan MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Cara joined Flavin Architects in 2020. She previously worked in firms specializing in high-end residential, retail, and commercial projects in New York City. Cara enjoys the holistic process that architecture compels. Work like crafting construction documents or creating presentations is all tied together by the development of a personal relationship between architect and client.

She obtained her Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). She has gained extensive research and work experience at offices in New York, San Francisco, Zurich, and Johannesburg.

Sharon Hogan MBA

Chief Financial Officer

shogan
@flavinarchitects.com

Sharon joined Flavin Architects as part-time CFO in 2019, and offers financial and accounting support and insight to the leadership team. She has had the experience of working with contractors, both in building her own home, and in renovating her 110-year-old three family in Brookline.

Sharon received her MBA in Finance from Northeastern University. She worked at Gillette in the Razor Division where she received excellent accounting training. Afterwards, Sharon moved with her family to Chapel Hill NC, where she worked with many small businesses in various finance roles. She raised her children in Chapel Hill, and after moving back to Boston, formed her own consulting company, which works with small businesses throughout Boston and its metro area.

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Stephanie Wallace

Operations Manager

Stephanie Wallace

Operations Manager

swallace
@flavinarchitects.com

Stephanie joined Flavin Architects in 2017 as Studio Manager and Bookkeeper. She has an eye for detail and has streamlined, organized, or developed systems to create logical and concrete improvements in operations, communication, and management. A true jack-of-all-trades, her passion for collaboration originates in her interdisciplinary graduate education in art and photography. She has grown into the role of Operations Manager by keeping the studio running efficiently, handling incoming client inquiries, invoicing, and reporting, as well as the marketing and promotion of Flavin Architect’s work.

Stephanie received her Masters of Fine Art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and her Bachelors of Fine Art in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She photographs with film and digital, creating narratives by framing the everyday in a way that reveals beauty while exploring the notion of an idealized world. Her work has been exhibited at First Street Gallery in New York, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco.