About Us



Founded over 30 years ago in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cline Design is an integrated design firm dedicated to creating better communities through careful listening, thoughtful research, and expanding the boundaries of design. Our success is evident by the positive impact a project has on its community and our client’s experience. By offering the integration of design services, we can more effectively discover, generate, and implement design solutions that celebrate each site and community’s uniqueness.

Our design philosophy takes root in imagining places that bring people together while creating a sense of community. We strive to connect indoor and outdoor environments with innovative solutions through thoughtful, practical, and sustainable design. We consider each site’s context by creating spaces that integrate seamlessly within their existing environments and respecting the history and culture surrounding them.



Our team has designed hundreds of multi-family, mixed-use, retail, office, corporate, and hospitality projects throughout the southeast. Our knowledge and ability to collaborate with municipalities and code officials is essential to implementing a successful design solution, and we pride ourselves on our ability to balance market knowledge, design trends, and their implications for each project we work on.

Cline Design’s Planners, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, and Architects blend their distinctive talents and experiences to craft deliberate and meaningful solutions for each project. It is this collection of diverse perspectives along with our commitment to outreach and inclusion, that allows us to create bold places, exciting spaces, and intriguing experiences for the destinations, developments, and neighborhoods we help to create



As design professionals, we feel it is our responsibility to practice environmentally responsible design. At the core of our belief system is our passion for making places that improve the quality of life. We are committed to incorporating sustainable design strategies into all of our projects. It is woven into our Standard Design Practices. Our clients often do not have the advantage of long-term, cost benefit justifications for design elements. It is critical that we take a highly integrated approach involving all disciplines, clients and user groups from the start of the design process to capitalize on the synergies of each project’s systems. We consider options such as: building orientation, massing, opportunities for daylighting and energy
The firm has completed millions of square feet of medical office, professional office, retail space, hospitality and recreational facilities. We are familiar with various project types, and we work with our clients to produce appropriate design solutions to the specified project type.



  • Founded in 1989
  • Staff resources of 65 professionals
  • Offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, NC
  • Integrated design services
  • Received over 75 awards for design integrity Ongoing projects in NC, SC, LA, TN, VA GA, MD, TX


  • AIA (American Institute of Architects)
  • ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)
  • ULI (Urban Land Institute)
  • ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)
  • NAIOP (National Assoc. of Industrial & Office Properties) DRA (Downtown Raleigh Alliance)
  • GRC (Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce)
  • USGBC Partner (US Green Building Council)
  • IIDA (International Interior Design Association)
  • NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)


At Cline Design visually imagining a place is an essential part of the design process and is recorded in the form of sketches and computer models. We call it the Visioning Process. We have planners that are knowledgeable of architectural requirements and architects that are knowledgeable about planning requirements. Together they are constantly imagining the places and buildings. We visualize the place in 3-D, sketch and play with these 3-D ideas until we have a two- dimensional Master Plan. Once the framework of the plan has taken shape, the real 3-D tools can be applied.