Planning for the Future: North Carolina Architecture Firm Announces a Change in Company Leadership

MHAworks is making significant changes to leadership as founder Michael Hining retires and the firm promotes four senior staff members to partners.
Hining founded MHAworks in 1988 with the goal of establishing the firm as a dedicated design partner in North Carolina. He saw a need to provide clients with a personal approach to design and created a process that delivers a tailored project to our clients. Hining’s mission is the driving force behind the firm’s growth and is echoed throughout the company’s leadership.
As the company approaches its 35th anniversary of providing architectural and interior design services throughout the state from Asheville, Durham, and Greenville, they welcome four new leaders to move the firm forward.
The new partners — Amanda King, Jared Martinson, Amy Spruill, and Matthew Johnson — each have dedicated more than a decade of service to MHAworks and have directly contributed to defining and advancing the firm’s values.
“Each new partner is a strong leader who encapsulates our company’s dedication to providing innovative design solutions and superior client service,” Brian Maxwell, MHAworks president, said. “Their presence has proven instrumental to our company’s success.”
“This is bittersweet with Michael’s retirement but with the addition of these new partners, we are well positioned for continued growth,” George Hining, firm partner, said. “We have built a strong reputation throughout North Carolina over the last 35 years, and I am confident that this team will solidify the foundation for continued positive growth for decades to come.”
The expansion of MHAworks’ leadership serves as a renewed commitment to the firm’s staff, clients, and projects as they look to the future. MHAworks employs more than 40 professionals across the state and specializes in the design of mixed-use and multifamily, health care, life science, research and development, state and municipal government, and higher education projects.
About MHAworks
Founded in 1988 as a solo practice, MHAworks has become a successful design firm that provides architecture and interior design services through our regional offices in Asheville, Durham, and Greenville, North Carolina. Though we have grown significantly over the last three decades, we have not lost sight of our founding principle: developing lasting partnerships through a commitment to excellence in service and design.


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