Our Firm

C.L. Helt is a full-service, modern architectural and interiors firm with core capabilities throughout modern commercial, industrial, retail prototype development, modern minimalist residential design, adaptive reuse, and hospitality.

Founded in 1969, we’ve displayed a long track record of sustained success, and are licensed in 46 states to best serve our clients where they need us most.

Functional and modern architecture is our collective passion and is grounded in expert design, creative solutions, and versatile expertise. We proudly represent clients across a wide variety of industries, projects, and scale.

We have the diverse ability and talent to offer exceptional architecture as well as interior design, programming, master planning, space planning, feasibility studies and code compliance.

Commercial/Industrial • Adaptive Reuse • Residential/Multi-Family • Restaurant/Hospitality • Retail Prototype Development • Community/Services

Our Approach

Our ultimate goal is to bring each client’s vision to life. We listen, ask questions, and truly understand the client’s ideas to provide keen insights and clear objectives within each project.

We understand this process can be a lot to handle. That’s where we excel. Whether it’s a new home, retail concept or repurposing an existing structure, we help guide and support our clients through the journey to create optimal solutions, outcomes and experiences.

Our Capabilities

With licensure in 46 states our national reach enables consistent service and expertise throughout the US. This is an essential benefit for developers, retailers, franchisors, and organizations with presence across multiple state lines.

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

Our Team is the greater sum of many individual personalities, talents, and perspectives. We collectively thrive on the challenges of big ideas and specific details alike. At C.L. Helt, transforming your vision into a tangible, usable space 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.