Who We Are

Originally established in 1969 by Chet Helt, the firm has grown from its Charlotte roots to become a leading national architecture and design presence. In 2012 Tim Johnston took the reins of the firm with like minded goals of customer service, design excellence and project diversification.

CL Helt’s core capabilities encompass modern commercial, industrial, prototype maintenance/ rollout, hospitality and modern minimalist residential design. Our clients represent a wide variety of industries, locations, and projects – of every scope and scale. Our work is our passion, founded on expert design, creative solutions, and versatile expertise. We have the diverse ability and talent to offer not only exceptional architecture but also interior design, programming, master planning, space planning, feasibility studies, and code compliance.

Currently licensed in 46 states, we offer a powerful knowledge base of code requirements state to state – a significant consideration for developers, retailers, and franchisers designing in new locations.

Licensed in 46 States •• Full Service Architecture and Interior Design •• Commercial Architecture •• Residential Architecture •• Retail Prototype Roll-Out

Our Approach

First, we listen. We continuously evaluate and refine our processes to ensure the best possible design experience. Listening gives us keen insight into meeting critical objectives and bringing ideas to life. We always put our clients first, continuously evaluating and refining our processes to ensure the best possible design experience.

Whether we’re designing a home, new retail concepts, or re-purposing an outdated existing structure, we focus on creative concepts and processes that solve problems, impeccable project execution and expert compliance to ensure optimal results for every client and project.

Our National Capabilities

With licensure in 46 states, our national reach enables consistent service and expertise across the U.S. – an essential benefit for developers, retailers, franchisors and companies with multi-state presence.

In each state we provide:

  • Code Requirement Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Prototype Plan Development & Execution
  • Field Verification Services, If required
  • Permit Research & Tracking
  • Zoning Design Criteria Research
  • Construction Administration
  • Sustainable Design
  • 3D Design Modeling
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Our Team is Your Team

Our talented team is dedicated to providing top-notch client service. We give our utmost attention to big ideas and precise details alike. At C.L. Helt, Architects transforming your vision into a tangible, usable space that achieves your unique goals is paramount.

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  • Tim Johnston
    Tim Johnston
    AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal
  • Diana Myers
    Diana Myers
    Senior Associate
  • Sharon Johnston
    Sharon Johnston
    Administrative Support / Market Research
  • James Zink
    James Zink
    Senior Project Manager
  • Don Ferry
    Don Ferry
    Senior Project Manager
  • Ben Woods
    Ben Woods
    Project Manager
  • Selvyn Grandison
    Selvyn Grandison
    Project Manager
  • John Lee
    John Lee

We are always searching for the right team members to join us.

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“CL Helt’s contribution to this project has been incredible, your fees have been fair… You have exceeded our expectations.”

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Brian Neal, Hamilton Development

“Tim and his team helped us navigate the complex process of design choices…Looking forward to future projects with Tim.”

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Andy W.

“We highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional partner who will maintain a client focused perspective.”

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“Tim Johnston and (the team of CLH) have been a pleasure to deal with… We would and already have recommended Tim to other builders in the area.”

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Dick C.

“I recently engaged (CL Helt) for design work… I have no hesitation to recommend (CL Helt) for a home or business building /renovation project.”

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Sandy S.

“We knew what we wanted in a custom home and CL Helt Architecture was able to create a design that incorporated our needs on balance with our budget…”

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“We would not hesitate to use their services again in the future and plan to recommend them to friends and family.”

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Jessica C.