Planning for the Future: MHAworks Announces a Change in Company Leadership

Jun 20 2022

MHAworks is making significant changes to leadership as founder Michael “Mike” Hining retires and the firm promotes four senior staff members to partners.

Mike founded MHAworks in 1988 with the goal of establishing the firm as a dedicated design partner in North Carolina. He saw a need to provide clients with a personal approach to design and created a process that delivers a tailored project to our clients. Mike’s mission is the driving force behind the firm’s growth and is echoed throughout the company’s leadership.

As the company approaches its 35th anniversary of providing architectural and interior design services throughout the state from Asheville, Durham, and Greenville, they welcome four new leaders to move the firm forward.

MHAworks Partners
From left, Partners George Hining, Jared Martinson, Amy Spruill, Amanda King, Matthew Johnson, and Brian Maxwell outside MHAworks’ Durham office. (Photo/Richard Barlow Photography)

The new partners — Amanda King, Jared Martinson, Amy Spruill, and Matthew Johnson — each have dedicated more than a decade of service to MHAworks and have directly contributed to defining and advancing the firm’s values.

“Each new partner is a strong leader who encapsulates our company’s dedication to providing innovative design solutions and superior client service,” Brian Maxwell, MHAworks president, said. “Their presence has proven instrumental to our company’s success.”

“This is bittersweet with Mike’s retirement but with the addition of these new partners, we are well positioned for continued growth,” George Hining, firm partner, said. “We have built a strong reputation throughout North Carolina over the last 35 years, and I am confident that this team will solidify the foundation for continued positive growth for decades to come.”

The expansion of MHAworks’ leadership serves as a renewed commitment to the firm’s staff, clients, and projects as they look to the future. MHAworks employs more than 40 professionals across the state and specializes in the design of mixed-use and multifamily, health care, life science, research and development, state and municipal government, and higher education projects.


Amanda King
She is the firm’s chief financial officer and director of human resources. Amanda is vital to maintaining seamless financial operations and strengthening employee relations.

Jared Martinson
He is one of the firm’s leading architects and serves as director of the mixed-use and multifamily studio as well as the director of the Durham office. Jared thrives on building project teams and bringing stakeholders together.

Amy Spruill
She is a director in the Greenville office. Amy is one of the firm’s chief project managers with a background in interior design. She specializes in the management of higher education and state government projects.

Matthew Johnson
He is a director in the Greenville office and is one of the firm’s principal architects. Matthew’s technical expertise supports contract execution and integration with public grants and loans. His primary sectors include education, government, and State Construction Office projects.