Located in Asheville, NC, Carleton Collins Architecture (CCA) works with a variety of public and private clientele to explore how architecture enriches and sustains community life. We seek meaningful answers to important questions and start by focusing on how design should respond to People, Purpose, and Place.

With expertise in master planning and building design, CCA uses the ‘three Ps’ to provide inspired, thoughtful design solutions that benefit both our clients and their contexts, an important part of the foundation of THOUGHTFUL COMMUNITY DESIGN.


Slide "Carleton was able to skillfully listen to our residents about their hopes for our redevelopment effort and communicate how their ideas would be translated into project designs. Our master planning process was very complex and involved many stakeholders, both public and private. Carleton was an important asset as we negotiated all their needs and input." - Cindy Weeks, VP and Director of Community Investments- Mountain Housing Opportunities Slide "Working with Carleton on our theatre renovation was a great experience. Carleton is supportive and a good listener, and he was a strong partner in achieving our goals. We were thrilled with the finished product – he helped bring it in on time and on budget." - Susan Harper, Executive Director - Asheville Community Theatre Slide "A joy to work with, Carleton is a professional on every level, savvy of current materials, products and trends, responsive and respectful to questions and requests, and mindful of budgets. We are ecstatic with our collaboration to expand our new home that he originally designed and cannot recommend him highly enough." - J. Charles Walker & John Buchanan, new owners of 48 Spy Pointe Lane


Places of Worship
Arts & Culture

St. Joseph's Chapel Expansion First Baptist Asheville Sacred Garden Brooks Howell Aqua Therapy Pool Featured Image Brooks Howell Aqua Therapy Pool Asheville Community Theater in Asheville, NC Asheville Community Theatre Buncombe Baptist Resource Center Ledbetter Lodge Camp Project by Carleton Collins Ledbetter Lodge T. Frank Shirley Religious Center Colonnade T. Frank Shirley Religious Center




Regional Dental Associates Fireside Lounge at Grove Park Inn Featured Image Ladies Fireside Lounge, Grove Park Inn Spa MidSouth Data Systems One Hospital Drive - Core & Shell Mindspring Consulting


Single Family

Lee Walker Heights Master Plan Lee Walker Heights Master Plan Albemarle Reserve Spy Pointe Lane Featured Image Spy Pointe Lane McGuire Retreat Featured Image McGuire Retreat

Other experience

Past Work

Wick & Greene Haywood Park Stable Cafe at the Biltmore House Featured Image Stable Cafe Restaurant at the Biltmore House Pittman Dining Hall - Mars Hill University Southridge Residence Halls at UNC Asheville Station at Mill Point at Elon University Station at Mill Point - Elon University Borg Warner Corporate Offices Borg Warner Office Renovation Study


Owners. Users. Residents. The public at large. All of us are a part of community regardless of the setting. Understanding what we value, how we work, how we live, how we play, and how we can connect is the foundation of a successful design process. Asking the right questions and ultimately gaining the right answers informs how we can authentically be woven into the fabric of our context.


Understanding a project’s purpose first starts with the client’s goals and vision. Meeting the basics of creating functional, thoughtful, sustainable, and cost effective environments is the next step. To take these to a deeper level, we work to creatively link the above to the project’s surroundings. Purposeful design takes an intentional approach of moving beyond the basics to something more aspirational, looking for opportunities to build environments that help us succeed and become enriched.


Our understanding of a place whether man-made or natural is born out of the impression it makes, positively or negatively. When seeking to create a place it is important to think holistically about how the building, and the spaces within, commune with its setting. What cues do the surroundings give us? How does the project fit, and more importantly, what kind of memorable experience does it support? We seek to answer these questions.