About MHAworks


Our Firm

MHAworks is a commercial architecture firm serving clients in North Carolina from offices in Durham, Greenville, and Asheville. Founded in 1988 by Michael J. Hining, AIA, the firm provides architecture, interior design, and planning services.

As a company we are committed to excellence in all that we do – especially providing superior client service. We are a service-focused architecture firm that pursues relationships, not projects. MHAworks sets out to achieve long-term, successful relationships with each of our clients. We focus on listening and working together to create the best results and because of this more than 80 percent of our projects are from existing clients.

Our Local Expertise

We believe a local presence is vital to our high standard of service and the quality work that we do. MHAworks achieves this with three offices placed strategically across North Carolina. This ensures we stay familiar with local development ordinances and codes, maintain regional consultant talent, and enables us to work on multiple projects with many of the contractors in the areas we serve. Most importantly it allows MHAworks to contribute to the communities where we all live, work, and play.

Our Services

The strength of our team at MHAworks is supported by years of experience within the field of architecture and interior design. We deliver classic design, synthesized with the next generation of creativity and leadership, and approach each project with a commitment to adhere to the specifics of our client’s site, program, functional, financial, and aesthetic criteria. MHAworks’ experience combined with a collaborative design approach provides a strong foundation for our services:

  • Advanced Planning
  • Architecture
  • ADA Assessment
  • Code Compliance
  • Construction Administration
  • Design Consultation
  • Energy Efficient Design
  • Facility Assessments
  • Feasibility Study
  • Historic Renovation
  • Interior Design
  • Security Assessment
  • Site Programming
  • Sustainable Design
  • Space Management

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are committed to diversity in the workplace and actively recruit for the best and brightest minority and women professional candidates to join our highly skilled design teams. Though we do not hold a historically underutilized business (HUB) or minority/women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) status, MHAworks strives to be inclusive. As of today, our total firm’s minority and female staff is a full 65 percent of our firm’s total.

Our Staff

At MHAworks, our staff professionals is our greatest resource. They strive to stay current with best practices, design trends, and products by attending continuing education seminars, manufacturing trade shows, and education workshops. Their cumulative skills, service, and experience exemplify the highest degree of excellence and commitment we deliver to our clients.

MHAworks is committed to providing our clients the highest level of responsiveness and service for their projects. We do this by having each member of our team work on only a few active projects at a time with each project in a different stage of the process. This allows us to focus intensively on individual projects, giving them the attention needed for success.

Quick Facts:

Founded: 1988

NC Locations: Durham, Asheville, & Greenville

Staff: 45+ professionals

Services: Architecture,
Planning, and Interior Design

Repeat Clients: 80%

Client List:


  • AKG of America
  • BASF Corporation
  • Berk-Tek Fiber Optics
  • BioMerieux
  • Centurion Construction
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Coopertools
  • Cree, Inc.
  • Crown Volvo
  • Eisai Pharmaceuticals
  • ESM Associates
  • Generations Companies
  • Griffols
  • Guy M. Turner Moving Engineers
  • Hamilton Merritt Development Corporation
  • International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers
  • Isenhour Enterprises
  • John Deere
  • KBI, Inc.
  • Kidde
  • Mebane Packaging Company
  • Morris Commercial Real Estate
  • North Industrial Park
  • Novan
  • Orange Water & Sewer Authority
  • Pharmacore, Inc.
  • Red Hat
  • Resolute Development Corporation
  • Royal Home Fashions, Inc.
  • Solus Industrial Innovations
  • Stiefel Laboratories
  • Syngenta biotechnology
  • Synthon Pharmaceuticals
  • Tillett Development Company
  • United Parcel Service
  • VilCom Inc.
  • Zapolski + Rudd Developers


  • Buncombe County
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA
  • City of Burlington
  • City of Durham
  • City of Graham
  • City of Wilson
  • County of Durham
  • Lee County
  • NC Department of Administration
  • NC Department of Employment Security
  • NC Department of Health & Human Services
  • NC National Guard
  • Orange County
  • Person County
  • Pitt County
  • State of North Carolina
  • Town of Chapel Hill
  • Town of Hillsborough
  • Wayne County

Higher Education

  • Appalachian State University
  • Beaufort Community College
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Cardinal Health
  • Carteret Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • College of Albemarle Community College
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Montgomery Community College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Pitt Community College
  • Richmond Community College
  • Robeson Community College
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Vance-Granville Community College
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Western Carolina University


  • Brown Orthopaedics
  • Brunswick Radiation Oncology Clinic
  • Burlington Medical Arts
  • Cape Fear Hospital
  • Carolina Eye Associates
  • Chapel Hill Internal Medicine
  • Chapel Hill Pediatrics
  • Chapel Hill Psychology
  • Danville Urologic Professional Corporation
  • Duke Healthcare
  • First Colony Healthcare
  • Fresenius Medical Care Dialysis Center
  • Granville Medical Center
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • North Carolina Specialty Hospital
  • North Carolina Spine Center
  • Northwest Greensboro Kidney Center
  • Onslow Medical Oncology Clinic
  • Oweida Christian Orthopaedic
  • Person Memorial Hospital
  • Project Developers, Inc.
  • Rex Healthcare
  • Terry Register, Wakefield Offices
  • TSI Healthcare
  • Tyco Healthcare / Mallinkrodt
  • UNC Hospitals
  • WakeMed
  • Wilson County Emergency Services

Pre K-12 Schools

  • Alamance-Burlington School System
  • Brunswick County Schools
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Columbus County Schools
  • Durham County Schools
  • Greene County Schools
  • Orange County Schools
  • Triangle New Voices School

Worship Facilities

  • African American Ministries, Raleigh
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville
  • Bethel Christian Center, Durham
  • Catholic Diocese of Raleigh
  • Church Alive, Holly Springs
  • Cresset Baptist Church, Durham
  • Durham Memorial Baptist Church
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, Durham
  • Farrington Road Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
  • Grace Haven Baptist Fellowship, Youngsville
  • Hanmaum Church, Durham
  • Haw River United Methodist Church
  • Hebron United Methodist Church, Mebane
  • Hillsong Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill
  • Mebane Church of God
  • Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Asheville
  • New Hope Community Church, Raleigh
  • New Horizon Church, Durham
  • Our Lady of the Americas Roman Catholic Church, Biscoe
  • Pittsboro United Methodist Church, Pittsboro
  • Raleigh Vineyard Christian Fellowship
  • Second Baptist Church, Chapel Hill
  • St. Luke Christian Church, Mebane
  • Wallace Christian Fellowship
  • White Rock Baptist Church, Durham