Architecture is a complex, multi-faceted endeavor combining science & technology, light and space through interpretation of client-specific and contextual requirements, community and environmental constraints, perceptions and taste.

M. Shawn Leatherwood & Associates, The Architectural Studio are proud to be Western North Carolina's premier Architectural Design Firm.  As specialists in complete, custom architectural services, our goal is to design distinctive houses that are worthy of their breathtaking backdrops.

The Architectural Studio adds value to each project by concentrating on the unique features of each site, capturing light and views, integrating the building with the landscape, studying the proportions and design aesthetics of each clients requirements. Our effort is always focused on turning our client's ideas into beautiful, functional environments that look and feel timeless.

In Western North Carolina we are fortunate to have many different types of communities, many diverse people and many different lifestyles.  It is our belief that our years of experience coupled with knowledge and talent gives us the forethought to blend the beautiful surroundings in which we live and the buildings within which we dwell to provide a seamless quality of life that embraces the area and it's beauty. Architecture should openly embrace a client’s lifestyle, not have the lifestyle change to fit the home.

The Architectural Studio is proud to be included in the 50 Us Architects harcover book representing North Carolina. For more information about the 50 US Architects book or to preorder a copy, visit www.designbookpress.com/us50.

Contact Information

M. Shawn Leatherwood & Associates

129 Woolsey Heights
Waynesville, NC 28786

Phone: 828-456-7529

Fax: 828-456-8455

"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you are talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams" -- Robert A. M. Stern

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a private residential community nestled on 4,400 acres in the pristine mountains of western North Carolina. Two-thirds of Preserve lands have been placed in a permanent conservation easement. In this low-density community, homesteads are carefully tucked into the natural landscape and are often not visible from the community’s private road.

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is a master-planned residential golf community nestled on 1,300 acres of lush forests and meadowlands bordered by the Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This luxury gated community is just minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, a city that has been ranked by Barron’s as among the Top 20 Places in the World to Live.

Reynolds Mountain

Reynolds Mountain

Reynolds Mountain is a 250-acre luxury mountain community located on the prestigious north side of Asheville overlooking the historic Grove Park and Lakeview Park communities. For those seeking mountain majesty with an urban flair, homesites offer spectacular views of the western Smoky Mountains, the Country Club of Asheville's golf course, Beaver Lake, and the twinkling city lights of downtown Asheville.

Lake Toxaway

Lake Toxaway Estates

Lake Toxaway Estates is a prestigious collection of residential enclaves that share access to the largest private lake in North Carolina, spanning 640 acres and providing exceptional water recreational opportunities. This luxury community is situated on 5,000 acres nestled high within the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers dramatic vistas with numerous crystalline waterfalls.

Highlands Cove

Highlands Cove

Highlands Cove is a prestigious mountain community tucked between the hamlets of Highlands and Cashiers in western North Carolina. This gated community offers a variety of stylish mountain lifestyles including dramatic mountain homesites, single-family woodland cottages, and spacious condominium homes with long-range mountain and golf course views.