The Best Commercial Architects in Charlotte

North Carolina’s largest city is witnessing the strongest urban growth of any city in the South, according to a May 25, 2017 article in the Charlotte Business Journal. Much of that growth began in the 1970s, when two international banks made the Queen City their home. Since then, Charlotte’s population has exploded and its urban center has transformed into a financial stronghold. Charlotte is now the second largest banking center in the country. Its economic development is reflected in the city’s imposing skyline, and many of the architectural firms listed below have contributed to this growth. Some of the firms have main offices out of town — or state. But they all share one thing in common: a mission to design commercial structures that reflect sustainable living and civic responsibility.

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Ragona Architecture & Design

Principal Matt Ragona, NCARB, MBA, LEED AP, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Ohio State University and his Master’s in Architecture and Business Administration from Arizona State University. He has 25 years of experience as a designer and project manager of complex buildings valued anywhere from $2 million to over $75 million.

RAD was formed in 2014 from and continues the 40 year practice of DMR Architecture. Headquartered in the South End, RAD’s team of creative professionals design a wide range of projects: focused on the retail, hospitality, wellness, and multi-family sectors and working national clients on projects located throughout the Mid-West and Southeast regions of the United States. Some of the clients RAD has worked with include Petco and Bed Bath and Beyond.

Featured Project
During 2020, RAD designed a two-story, multi-tenant retail building on Oakland & Cherry in Rock Hill. The 23,000-square-foot complex will have about 500 square feet of outdoor patio space and began construction in 2021. Tenants will include restaurants, shops, a brewery as well as some business occupancies.