Industries We Serve
We have a diverse range of clients that spans the spectrum: private and public sectors, small remodel projects to large new buildings, and new companies to well established, reputable brands. We serve in the following fields.

Offering Excellence in Design since 1978

We are a team of architects and engineers who have been continuously designing successful projects since 1978. We are experts in our profession who enjoy what we do and are driven to make clients successful. We believe that if we focus on contributing to the success of your projects, that effort will foster success within our firm.

We are licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Our corporate office is headquartered in the Triangle/RTP, NC.

Our Services

We support small to large projects with new and existing clients both locally and around the nation. Our talented architects and engineers help you realize your project development goals from the beginning concept all the way to opening day.

Comprehensive design services include:

  • Pre Development Architecture & Engineering Services
  • Design & Development (including Interior Design)
  • Construction Administration 
  • Project Management
  • Permitting Expertise
  • Value Engineering

Our Client Testimonials

We aim to build great working relationships with our clients that extends beyond the project. We walk alongside you through the project to ensure your goals are being met. We are grateful for the amazing feedback from these valued clients and look forward to you being one of them!
National Restaurant Designers has been the National Account Architects for both the Hardees Brand and CKE International for several years. At present NRD is developing our new prototype building design, developing drawings for the test kitchen in our new Corp. Headquarters in Nashville, TN. CKE Restaurants continues to rely on the expertise and professionalism of NRD. They provide all aspects the disciplines required for developing a building design.
Hardees’ Construction Project Manager
Our company has partnered with National Restaurant Designers for years because they understand our needs and work diligently to deliver consistently. Development dollars are at a premium and their experience with value engineering has made more projects viable. They are a proven company that is not only extremely professional but have high integrity.
Vice-President of Construction
Golden Corral Corporation
Our Team at Real Zeal highly recommends LMHT Associates/National Restaurant Designers (NRD), led by Ray Thornton. In addition to architecture, their experience in restaurant design makes them particularly special. Throughout the entire process, they were extremely professional, provided extraordinary creative design services, value engineering, and impeccable construction/permitting coordination—all while keeping our budget constraints as a top priority. We had the peace of mind all along that we were in great hands with LHMT. This makes LHMT stand above all other architecture firms.

Real Zeal Property Group Team

LMHT Careers


We strive for lasting quality in our projects, so your project is successful today, tomorrow, and beyond. We strive for excellent and timeless work for our clients. View our latest projects and other LMHT news.

NC State 2023 Blockfest

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