Gary Cline, AIA | NCARB
Gary has 39 years of experience in the architectural profession and the management of a design firm. As the Founding Partner and Chairman of Cline Design, Gary is responsible for business management and development.
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 33 years of sustainability and success.
Michael Mesnard, AIA
Managing Partner | President
As President and Managing Partner, Michael has spent his last 25 years at Cline Design crafting well-designed high-rises, mid-rises, mixed-use communities, as well as office and retail buildings.
He made his introduction at Cline Design as an intern architect, learning the intricacies of the design process, embracing the culture, and being mentored by seasoned Cline Design teammates on how to provide the best solutions to the client while balancing the expectations of the community. With 30 years of total experience in the industry, Michael is well-versed with valuable insight.
Cari Jones, AIA | NCARB
Managing Partner | Director of Design | Architect
Cari has over 30 years of architecture experience with a passion for providing quality housing and mixed-use design solutions. She works with clients to create thoughtful and contextual communities. As a Managing Partner, she is responsible for overseeing the design process for housing projects in the firm and serves as Principal-in-Charge for multiple multi-family projects from design inception to construction completion.
John Felton, AIA | NCARB
Design Director | Architect
John has over 32 years of experience including 24 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.
Orlando Pizarro, AIA, LEED AP
Partner | Charlotte Office Director | Architect
Orlando has built a diverse design portfolio for over fifteen years, with specific expertise in high-rise and mid-rise multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects. As the Charlotte Office Director, he oversees the design and management of all projects within the office and is responsible for fostering client relationships and managing day-to-day office operations. With a growing Charlotte office under his direction, Orlando ensures all projects are executed on time and within budget while maintaining design integrity. Prior to joining Cline Design, Orlando worked at Arquitectonica International based out of Miami, Florida.
Jim Compton, AIA, LEED AP
Partner | Interior Architecture + Design Director
Jim brings 25 years of design, project management, and leadership experience to Cline Design. His extensive and diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, municipal, office, healthcare, university, and recreation projects for developers and corporate clients.
In his role as the Director of Interior Architecture + Design, Jim oversees multiple projects from concept design through construction. He also serves as a leader and mentor to the interior design team, involving team members early in the design process. Jim’s enthusiasm and tenacity are infectious and drive him to promote a collaborative, productive workplace.
Joshua Karrick, PLA, ASLA, AICP
Principal | Planning Director | Landscape Architect
Josh has over 20 years of experience in the industry and leads planning and design efforts for all of Cline Design’s offices. As a landscape architect and certified planner with a comprehensive background in site development, urban design, and land planning, his project experience includes municipal, transportation and affordable housing, as well as other government and state funded projects.
Mark Ward, AIA
Partner | Charlotte Studio Leader | Architect
Mark Ward serves as a firm Principal and Studio Director of the Charlotte office, overseeing a variety of project types including multifamily, mixed-use, office, and adaptive reuse. He is a recognized leader in the design and delivery of market-rate, affordable, and mixed-use projects. His keen insight and technical expertise position him as an asset to clients and a mentor to staff when delivering projects with varying levels of complexity. In addition to his design experience, Mark is responsible for increasing the firm’s expansion in the multi-family sector. He oversees Charlotte operations and manages project coordination, from concept to completion, to ensure well-designed, efficient and cost-effective solutions.
Jason Lettie, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Partner | Practice Leader - Housing | Architect
Jason Lettie, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner and Housing Practice Leader, oversees a diverse portfolio of work including multi-family, mixed-use, affordable housing, and senior housing. With expertise developed through the successful completion of thousands of residential units and millions of square feet of space, Jason has a passion for providing safe, livable, desirable, and sustainable communities. His extensive knowledge of building codes and accessibility requirements, honed through experience with jurisdictions throughout the Southeast and beyond, serves as a valuable asset during the project design and construction processes. Internally, he mentors staff and works with the firm’s Team Leaders and Project Managers to develop and implement training activities and quality control measures. As a LEED-accredited professional, Jason has been instrumental in the development and implementation of environmentally responsible strategies on a number of projects. Additionally, Jason is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and supports the design profession through service with the American Institute of Architects.
Lindsey Kretchman, AIA, LEED AP
Partner | Team Leader | Architect
Lindsey works tirelessly to ensure each project is delivered on time, and within budget, and oversees every architectural aspect of the project. With nearly 15 years of experience as a project architect and project manager, she has built an extensive and diverse portfolio including mixed-use developments, office, affordable housing, mixed-income housing, and multi-family residential. Her collaborative work ethic coupled with her drive positions her as a team leader who mentors staff, provides guidance to consultants, and maintains the design vision of her clients.
Brett Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Partner | Practice Leader - Commercial | Architect
Brett brings specific and extensive expertise in delivering large, complex projects with many stakeholders and consultants. As the Commercial Practice Leader, he is adept at overseeing all aspects of projects from concept through completion, ensuring all parties understand your vision, expectations, and role in bringing the vision to life. In addition to managing the project team and developing design, Brett ensures that each project moves forward on schedule and within budget.
Bryan Johnson, AIA
Partner | Team Leader | Architect
Bryan is shaping communities through project management and delivery. As one of the firm’s most tenured project managers, he has managed millions of square feet of new construction and renovation projects during his career including the 1 million-square-foot Peace Raleigh Apartments + Publix, The Residences at Glenwood Place, The Walker, Platform, and North Hills Tower high-rise. In addition to his work with clients, Bryan is a firm believer in elevating the project delivery process. He led our Revit committee to establish the process and workflows that have evolved to what we use today. He has worked to streamline staff production by implementing continuing education opportunities and developing resources for designers across Cline Design.
Carl Winstead, AIA, NCARB
Partner | Chief Experience Officer | Architect
Carl brings over 32 years of design and construction experience, including 24 years as a business owner, to the team. He has worked with a number of non-profit groups, government agencies, and university leadership on a variety of projects including housing, commercial, office, healthcare, and resorts throughout the US and internationally. He is a skilled team leader, designer, and facilitator with a passion for bringing people together in a collaborative environment to create design solutions that meet clients’ budgets and schedules and provide innovative and effective solutions to fulfill their needs.
Partner | IT Manager
Jason Loucks, AIA, NCARB
Principal | Team Lead | Architect
During the course of his almost 25-year career, Jason has worked tirelessly to promote innovation through his team and the relationships he has built with his clients. As Principal and Team Lead in the Charlotte office, Jason is passionate about ensuring clients’ visions are actively included in every phase of a project ensuring the design intent and quality of construction are fully executed.
Dan Rider, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP
Principal | Design Lead | Architect
Dan has a unique ability to translate design vision into reality while communicating that vision to disparate parties, uniting them through design to imagine spaces that shape communities. His extensive and diverse portfolio includes complex mixed-use, office, and commercial projects.
In addition to his design leadership, Dan is passionate about sustainability. He leads sustainable design efforts for the firm, keeping them apprised of green design trends including LEED, WELLBuilding, and Green Globes.