Cari Jones Named Design Director and Managing Partner Bringing 30+ Years of Experience
April 26, 2022

Cari Jones Named Design Director and Managing Partner Bringing 30+ Years of Experience

Cari Jones has been announced as the new Design Director and Managing Partner after fulfilling the role as the Director of Housing and Senior Principal for the last 11 years at Cline Design. In her new role, she will oversee the design direction and integrity of projects for the firm and operating in tandem with Michael Mesnard, who was recently announced the new President and Managing Partner for the firm in January of this year.

Jones has been a force to be reckoned with in Raleigh’s booming architecture industry since she joined what was then known as Cline Davis Architects immediately out of college in 1986. Since then, Jones has been an influencer in her industry, helping the firm secure a multitude of awards, including design recognitions for The Salvation Army’s Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope in Raleigh, N.C., Berkshire Village District in Raleigh, N.C., The Residences at Renaissance funded through Hope VI in Charlotte, N.C., Van Alen in Durham, N.C., and Greenfield Commons and Greenfield Place in Durham, N.C.

“It has been an honor to work alongside Cari these last 20 plus years at Cline Design. Her influence and leadership has truly shaped the success and culture of our firm. Promoting her to Design Director and Managing Partner was the obvious next step for her career and our firm.”

Michael Mesnard, President and Managing Partner

With a passion for providing well-designed quality housing, Jones’ design philosophy is based on creating thoughtful and contextual communities for everyone. She is actively involved in promoting the presence of women in the AEC industry. Jones is a leader in the community as a committed Board Member for the Mosaic Development Group, a non-profit based out of Charlotte, with a mission of improving affordable housing across the state of North Carolina. In addition, she has held positions as a past Co-Chair for ULI Triangle Chapter’s Women Leadership Committee, a member of the City of Raleigh’s Appearance Commission, and a ULI Triangle Chapter Innovation Housing Council Committee member.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to continue to develop design excellence at Cline Design and to further foster partnerships with clients who continue to provide us with great opportunities in North Carolina and elsewhere.”

Cari Jones, Director of Design and Managing Partner
August 24, 2021

Peace Raleigh Apartments Honored with IIDA Carolinas Chapter DesignWorks 2021 Award

Each year the International Design Association (IIDA) Carolinas Chapter DesignWorks Awards celebrates the projects and teams behind each year's show-stopping spaces throughout the Carolinas. On Friday, August 20th, Peace Raleigh Apartments was awarded Honorable Mention for the Multi-Family Housing / Senior Living category honoring overall excellence in interior design. Peace Raleigh Apartments competed against projects located in both North Carolina and South Carolina and was judged based on its design concept and solution, creativity, originality, cohesive space planning, and visual presentation.

The interior design of Peace Raleigh Apartments sets the bar high for luxury apartments in Downtown Raleigh. The overall design concept of “organic modernism” is seen throughout by the incorporation of organic materials, such as the preserved moss in the leasing and residential entries, and mixed natural materials, like reclaimed wood from North Carolina, with sleek and modern materials, like stones and metals. It was important to the client that the space felt sophisticated, yet simultaneously welcoming and cozy, which led the design teams towards creating the juxtaposition between natural and man-made materials.

Raleigh’s surrounding community’s rich history and the Triangle’s talented artisans and businesses are showcased in the shared amenities at Peace. Design elements from Raleigh’s former minor league baseball stadium, Devereux Meadow, which previously hosted games adjacent to the site, adorn the game room walls. It includes a team jersey and several historic photographs of the team and stadium from the City of Raleigh's archives. The development pays homage to the Triangle's craftsman community by featuring a multitude of locally crafted pieces such as the following: the game room’s custom pool table; leasing's desks, conference table, and business center's high-top community table; the club room's sliding barn doors; the neon Peace logo sign at the coffee bar. The design team also paid tribute to Raleigh's nickname as the "City of Oaks" by taking inspiration from Raleigh’s oak trees and incorporating natural woods and greenery elements throughout.

Cline Design was the Interior Designer for Peace Raleigh Apartments, as well as the Architect and Landscape Architect. Partners on the project include Kane Realty, Williams Realty and Building Company, Lighthouse Engineering, Crenshaw Consulting, WithersRavenel, and Clancy & Theys Construction.

June 29, 2017

Crews kick off construction of new Solis Brightleaf apartments in Durham

No sooner had the developers of the Solis Ninth Street apartment project in Durham finished and sold the building in mid-June than construction crews are being prepped for another major project less than a mile away.

Charlotte apartment development firm Terwilliger Pappas on Wednesday confirmed that construction has started on the 194-unit Solis Brightleaf apartment building at 1005 W. Main St. in downtown Durham. The project is next to the landmark Brightleaf Square dining and retail destination, formerly the site of the now-shuttered Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home. (read more)

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May 15, 2017

Former Walmart to be converted into creative office space

A former Walmart near the Lynx Blue Line will soon be converted into creative office space.

Atlanta commercial real estate firm White Oak Real Estate Advisors acquired the big box structure at 801 E. Arrowood Road for $3.8 million in a sale that closed April 20, according to Mecklenburg County real estate records. White Oak, a firm new to the Charlotte market, plans to upfit the former retail store at the intersection of Arrowood and Old Pineville roads into a 110,390-square-foot, high-density office building. (read more)


May 4, 2016

Award Winning Project Announced at the Durham Golden Leaf Awards

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2016 Golden Lead Award  |  Large Development Award

2016 Golden Leaf Award Winners

September 22, 2015

Trifecta: Crescent sells third Triangle luxury apartment complex

Trifecta: Crescent sells third Triangle luxury apartment complex, grosses $208M total
. The developer and owner of the new Crescent Main Street luxury apartment complex in Durham, Crescent Communities of Charlotte, has sold its third new property in the Triangle at another near-record-breaking price.
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August 14, 2015

@DHICInc received tax credits

@DHICInc received tax credits for Greenfield Place in Chapel Hill @chapelhillgov and Pennington Grove in Garner @TownofGarner.