Our Mission

Houghland Architecture’s mission, according to owner Gray Houghland, is “to provide functional solutions that have soul.”  With expertise across a wide spectrum of design projects, the firm provides design innovation without ‘construction frustration’.

About Gray Houghland, RA, LEED AP, NCARB

Prior to launching Houghland Architecture in 1997, Gray Houghland worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the largest architectural firms in the United States, as well as several established firms in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he received his Masters in 1988.


Picture of Gray Houghland, RA, Leed AP, NCARB

Gray is NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certified, a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a member of CORA (Congress of Residential Architecture), and a member of USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council).

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“The exteriors are beautiful. The interiors reflect a lot of attitudes about design that I think might be summed up as integrity.  I never feel anything that is not solid, comfortable and authentic in your designs. Never is there any pretense or forced flashiness. I am very proud as a builder to be part of a team that can deliver your designs to our customers. These sentiments are shared by everyone in our organization. Thank you for your tremendous contribution to our success.

Aside from the beauty and functionality of your designs, we are further indebted to you for your technical excellence. You have solved many difficult technical problems related to the site and to various code and regulatory issues. Your drawings are a pleasure to work with. They are unusually complete and accurate.

It is very rare indeed to find an architect who excels in all facets of the job, a truly well-rounded professional.”

Jim Burbank, Chairman
Saussy Burbank, Inc.