Our Firm

HELT Design is a full-service, architecture and interior design firm with core capabilities throughout commercial, industrial, retail, restaurant, adaptive reuse, multi-family, and modern minimalist residential design.

Founded in 1969, the firm has displayed a long track record of sustained success serving clients nationwide with LEED accredited professionals and licensure in 46 states.

Functional and modern architecture is our collective passion and is grounded in expert design, creative solutions, and versatile expertise. We proudly represent clients across a wide variety of industries, projects, and scale.

We proudly showcase the diverse ability and talent to offer exceptional architecture as well as interior design, programming, master planning, space planning, feasibility studies and code compliance.

• Commercial/Industrial

Residential

• Adaptive Reuse

• Interiors 

• Retail/Restaurants

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Our Team

Our team is the greater sum of many individual personalities, talents, and perspectives. We collectively thrive on the challenges of big ideas and specific details alike. At HELT Design, transforming your vision into a tangible, usable space is paramount.

  • Tim Johnston
    Tim Johnston
    Principal, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • Diana Myers
    Diana Myers
    Senior Associate
  • Don Ferry
    Don Ferry
    Senior Associate
  • Sharon Johnston
    Sharon Johnston
    Operations Manager
  • James Zink
    James Zink
    Senior Project Manager
  • Ben Woods
    Ben Woods
    Project Manager
  • Selvyn Grandison
    Selvyn Grandison
    Project Manager
  • Valeria Ramon
    Valeria Ramon
    Project Manager
  • John Lee
    John Lee
    Project Coordinator
  • Hasheem Halim
    Hasheem Halim
    Project Coordinator

We are always searching for the right team members to join us.

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Our Approach

Our ultimate goal is to bring each client’s vision to life. We listen, ask questions, and truly understand the client’s ideas to provide keen insights and clear objectives within each project.

We understand this process can be a lot to handle. That’s where we excel. Whether it’s a new home, retail concept or repurposing an existing structure, we help guide and support our clients through the journey to create optimal solutions, outcomes and experiences.

Our Services

Architecture is the creation of space through a fusion of art and science that results in the built environment. It is given shape by form, influenced by context, and experienced by all the senses. Architecture varies in scale, from the detail of a light fixture to a large campus master plan, and everything in between.
Interior design aims to enrich the quality of people’s physical and emotional environment. Successful interior design meets regulatory codes, jurisdictional requirements, ADA guidelines, encourages principles of environmental sustainability, and equally creates appealing, functional, and inspiring interior space.
We start by deeply understanding how you operate. In doing so, your programming processes dictate our design influences. We research, catalog and inventory details to determine efficient flow for everyday functions within. We discern important adjacencies, and necessary space for the present and the future. All findings and assessments are compiled into a program document to influence the design.
Often overlooked or missed by short term decisions, a long-term strategy for planned growth is necessary for businesses or communities to prevent costly infrastructure modifications in the future. We develop a comprehensive understanding of short-term and long-term goals to critically develop a successful and evolutionary timeless Master Plan.
Space planning focuses on the interior layout and flow of a space. We optimize usable square footage while creating an environment that enhances and increases a company’s workflow and operation. We work with our clients and determine how best to utilize their space as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The feasibility study is a pre-design analysis tool. It helps pinpoint the goals of the project or brings to light budget, site, or programming constraints. The study establishes a beginning point from which to make the project come to life in the most successful way.
Regardless of location, there are rules, regulations, and requirements placed upon the built environment. We ensure your project successfully meets all code requirements that apply based on your project’s locale. Given our broad experience across the country we are well versed in navigating the plan review process and getting projects approved in a timely fashion.

Our Capabilities

With licensure in 46 states our national reach enables consistent service and expertise throughout the US. This is an essential benefit for developers, retailers, franchisors, and organizations with presence across multiple state lines.

In each state we provide:

  • Code Requirement Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Prototype Plan Development & Execution
  • Field Verification Services (if required)
  • Permit Research & Tracking
  • Zoning Design Criteria Research
  • Construction Administration
  • Sustainable Design
  • 3D Design Modeling

“Helt’s contribution to this project has been incredible, your fees have been fair… You have exceeded our expectations.”

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Brian Neal, Hamilton Development

“Tim and his team helped us navigate the complex process of design choices…Looking forward to future projects with Tim.”

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Andy W.

“We highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional partner who will maintain a client focused perspective.”

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Pat

“Tim Johnston and (the team at Helt Design) have been a pleasure to deal with… We would and already have recommended Tim to other builders in the area.”

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Dick C.

“I recently engaged (Helt Design) for design work… I have no hesitation to recommend (Helt Design) for a home or business building /renovation project.”

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Sandy S.

“We knew what we wanted in a custom home and Helt Design was able to create a design that incorporated our needs on balance with our budget…”

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Adam

“We would not hesitate to use their services again in the future and plan to recommend them to friends and family.”

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Jessica C.