Our practice is small by design. When you engage us, you work directly with the architect behind our name.

Howells Architecture + Design is a residential architecture + interior design practice serving the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain West. Based in Portland, Oregon, we design new custom homes + residential remodels.

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 the architect behind our name.

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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.

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Amanda Gersh

Business Manager


As a writer, I've always been more verbal than visual, less interested in buildings than in the people who inhabit them. Living with an architect—Michael—gave me a new appreciation for design. As anyone who has been around architects knows, these people live and breathe their work! And so, through osmosis, I developed an admiration for how thoughtful design can enhance daily life.

When Michael decided to embark on his own practice, we took on the effort together. Helping him to hone his vision and clarify his mission; connecting him to the people he is best able to serve—these were challenges I embraced at the outset.

I am in charge of office operations for Howells Architecture + Design. I manage logistics, ensuring projects run smoothly behind the scenes. I am also the webmaster, as well as the press and photo liaison. When not engaged in Howells A+D business, I am likely working on my second novel...or at least thinking about it.


I received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town in 1993, and a Master of Fine Arts (in Creative Writing) from Columbia University in 1997.