Gary Cline, AIA | NCARB
President | Managing Principal
Gary has over 35 years of experience in the architectural profession and the management of a design firm. As the Founding Principal and President of Cline Design, Gary is responsible for business management and development, while serving as Principal-in-Charge for many of the firm’s larger projects.
He is motivated to create opportunities for others by fostering a vibrant and thriving design environment. His passion for design excellence and bringing people together is proven through the firm’s 27 years of sustainability and success.
John Felton, AIA | NCARB
Senior Principal | Director of Design
John has over 29 years of experience including 20 years with Cline Design Associates. John has a passion for designing places that bring people together and build a sense of community. As Director of Design, John Felton plays a central role in the design of many of the firm’s mixed-use, residential, retail and urban design projects. He works with clients at the earliest stages of design, determining visions and goals for architectural character, and maintains an active role overseeing and directing the design team in order to ensure integrity of design throughout each phase of the process.
Michael Lattner, ASLA
Senior Principal | Director of Land Planning
Michael has over 35 years of Land Planning and Landscape Architectural experience. His expertise is diverse in the areas of planning including master planning large-scale developments, site planning small tracts, site analysis, feasibility studies, due diligence, rezoning and landscape architecture. He carries an understanding of the complexities of development and takes a realistic approach to design that promotes community and aesthetically relevant solutions.
As the Director of Planning for the firm, Michael manages a team of project managers and landscape architects, overseeing the design direction and integrity of Land Planning and Landscape Architecture projects. He actively mentors NC State University students and teaches a summer program at NC State University titled “The Office” to upper class men and graduate student at the School of Design.
Cari Jones, AIA, NCARB
Senior Principal | Director of Housing
Cari has over 25 years of architectural experience. With a passion for providing quality housing and mixed-use design solutions, Cari works with clients to create thoughtful, contextual communities. As the Director of Housing, she is responsible for managing several project managers, as well as overseeing the design process for housing projects in the firm and serves as Principal-in-charge for multiple multifamily projects from design inception to construction completion.
Michael Mesnard, AIA | LEED AP BD+C
Senior Principal | Director of Commercial and Interior Design
Michael has over 23 years of experience (18 at Cline Design Associates) as a director, architect, and project manager in retail, office, industrial, institutional, and corporate facilities. His knowledge, understanding and participation in the development of numerous design projects has given him the ability to take design concepts, budgets and schedules safely through the construction process. By gathering information, listening to the needs of the owners and users, Michael facilitates open communication and understanding of each unique commercial and interior design project.
As the Director of Commercial and Interior Design, Michael oversees each project team and ensures all projects maintain design integrity and are completed on time and within budget.
Orlando Pizarro, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal | Director of the Charlotte Office
Orlando has over 10 years experience in architecture. He has a specific expertise in high-rise and mid-rise multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects. He is well-versed in all phases of a project including design, management, project scheduling and budgeting. Prior to joining Cline Design Associates, Orlando worked with the well-known Arquitectonica International based out of Miami, FL. In his role as Project Manager, he has been the key contact the with client and consultant team, ensuring that the project runs smoothly, on time and within budget. Orlando recently transitioned to Director of the Charlotte Office.