Our Process

Collaboration drives the success of our firm

Our Process

As an interdisciplinary firm, collaboration is at the core of what we do and the success of our team. Beginning with the initial stages of design our team members leverage their diverse backgrounds and experience to evaluate your needs. We will work with you to establish a plan of work that considers your objectives and communicate with you frequently throughout the process to make sure we are achieving your goals. Our experts will work with you at every step of the process, providing recommendations and assisting you with decisions, to ensure that we have used our knowledge to the best of our ability to enhance the end results of your project.

Being an interdisciplinary firm allows us the opportunity to incorporate the diverse backgrounds of our employees and utilize that experience to enhance the end result for our client.


We design with you in mind. With our decades of experience, we understand that the design goal of each client is unique. We prioritize your needs in our work to create efficient and beautiful places for you to be successful.

Interior Architecture

We embrace both artistry and functionality in our design process to create spaces that maximize the end user’s experience.


Our in-house team of Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical engineering professionals works in tandem with our architectural department and consultants to create cost-effective design solutions for your performance needs.

Building Performance and Sustainability

Our perspective of building performance goes beyond sustainability and certifications. We approach our projects with the clients’ goals and needs in mind. Whether you are looking for an environmentally conscious, functionally optimized, or operationally efficient building our firm works with you to create a building that can meet your needs while also benefiting the end-user, and the world around us.

Our Clients

You won’t find a more diverse array of clients. Please click through to find those with which you can relate or give us a call for your more unique projects.

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.

ATTACHMENT DETAILS NCMA-2023-Unit-Honorable-Mention award

NC State 2023 Blockfest

At LMHT, we welcome the opportunity to come alongside students who want to further their professional experience in our field. Cherise has been an incredible addition to our team, and we value her contributions to the office. Recently, she has participated in well-known competition at State University for Architecture students called the Block Fest which

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LIFE AFTER COVID – Adapting to Change

LMHT’s Strategic Resilience During the COVID-19 Crisis As we approach the three-year mark of the coronavirus crisis, it is clear that companies across the globe had to redefine how they did business. With the workplace dynamic turned upside down, creativity and resilience were the only way to combat the change brought on by the pandemic.

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Expectations vs. Reality: Collaborating with Architecture Firms

What kind of relationship are you looking for with your next architecture firm? Many architecture firms promise collaborative working relationships. Often, these turn out to be cooperative or coordinative instead. What’s the difference? Why does it matter? Find out how you can be sure you’re receiving a truly collaborative experience. Common Client Expectations Owners are

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