About Harry Gandy Howle & Associates, P.A

Led by owner, Harry Howle and senior associate, James Stein, our firm began its creative journey more than 35 years ago. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most interesting and diverse clients, all of whom allowed us to integrate our full range of design talents. Our designs span from the mountains of North Carolina to the Southeast coastlines, and as far reaching as Cozumel.

A native of South Carolina’s coastal plain, Harry honed his love of architecture at a young age. What better place to appreciate the grand style and order of classical architecture than in the nearby antebellum mansions. His early fascination with design and classical architecture set the stage for his success. In his legendary humorous style, he says he believes he was an architect in his former life because the talent came so easily to him.
Harry’s journey to a formal education in architecture began as a student at Clemson University and culminated with a degree from University of Georgia. He is a licensed Architect, Interior Designer, and Landscape Architect. And he’s a true Southern gentleman, we might add. His natural talent and experience has helped him bring together teams of distinctive designers for more than 35 years. Anyone who has ever worked with Harry and his associates love the fact that building a strong relationship with his clients is just as paramount as creating the homes of their dreams.
Harry often says: “Domestic architecture should fulfill a homeowner’s dreams, but it must also respect the purest precepts of its chosen vernacular.”
Spending time with his wife, Claire, and their four grown children, Harry, William, Glenn and Cissy is important. Blowing Rock, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, is one of their favorite get-away spots. It's where Harry put his architectural and design skills to masterful work renovating a charming home.
Growing up in Melbourne, Florida and the son of a general contractor was perfect training for James’ future architectural career. His appreciation for the art of design began at a young age working alongside his father on construction sites.
James’ Master of Architecture studies were earned at Clemson University with a focus on Architecture as a tool to create social interactions between people and spaces for an entire community. He earned his Bachelor of Design degree from University of Florida. James joined Harry Gandy Howle & Associates in 2001. He is a Licensed Architect in the state of Florida, a member of American Institute of Architects, and a LEED accredited professional.
We love how James puts his heart and soul into his design projects. “One of my favorite things about being an Architect is creating a tangible product as the result of what is a deeply intellectual effort,” he said.
James and his wife, Aurora, have two young sons named Quinn and Coltrane. Aside from a love of reading about history and architecture, family time at the beach, golf, kayaking and sailing are his favorite pastimes.