Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and working for clients nationwide, ai Design Group is a collective of design professionals led by established industry veterans. With clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, we pride ourselves on genuine, long-term relationships with our clients. It’s our experience that engaged clients and clear communication produce the best results, so that’s how we work every day.

We place equal emphasis on architecture and interior design, which allows us to handle any project from start to finish, from the master plan to interior fixtures. Here’s a snapshot of our services:


Building Design



Construction Administration

Architectural Renderings


Interior Design




Space Planning

Construction Administration

Workplace Strategies

Fixtures, Furniture and Equipment Coordination

Interior Renderings


Master Planning

LEED & Sustainable Design Evaluation

Prototype Design and Branding

Code & Zoning Analysis

Feasibility Studies

Accessibility Evaluation

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Now a Progressive AE Company.

ai Design Group has merged with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Progressive AE to create a stronger, more diverse full-service architectural and design firm. Our joint organization now has a team of 200 professionals and over 65 years combined history as leaders in architecture and design. Our combined firms offer expertise in community, healthcare, housing, industrial, learning, retail, senior living, motorsports, hospitality, workplace, worship, mixed use and automotive. We hope you share in our excitement for the successful future ahead!

Local Roots, National Capabilities.

ai Design Group designs and manages projects in locations across the U.S. Our principals hold registrations to practice in many states and, as NCARB-certified professionals, can easily obtain additional registrations wherever our clients need us.

As a ONE Global Design partner, we can also offer our clients on-the-ground support in 18 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Learn more about how our ONE partnership can benefit your project.

Sustainable Practices

ai Design Group is sensitive to our industry’s environmental impact. We look for opportunities to implement sustainable processes and materials in our designs, whether we’re aiming for LEED certification or not. If LEED Certification is a goal, we have the project experience, as well as 11 LEED professionals on staff, to get you there.

Find out more about our sustainable practices and projects on our Sustainability page.

ai Design Group was founded in 2003 by Wes Jones, Kim Marks, and John Weller, each with distinctly different talents and more than 60 years combined experience. They envisioned a firm that could deliver projects at the scale often associated with larger firms, but with the personalized service and attention to detail that clear leadership can provide. Backed by loyal clients and a team of talented professionals, that vision has become a reality.

Over the years, our client list has grown to include Fortune 500 companies and national accounts, including AAA, Spectrum Properties, Speedway Motorsports, and Sonic Automotive. Our design for Ballantyne Village has become a Charlotte landmark, and our prototype designs for national brands have been built in locations across the U.S. We rank among the largest firms in the region and, as part of the national ONE Global Design network, our reach extends to 18 major metropolitan areas across the continent.

In 2016, ai Design Group merged with Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Progressive AE, creating a stronger, more diverse full-service architecture and design firm. We remain rooted in the founding principals’ vision – a design-focused firm that delivers big results.

ai Design Group’s projects are informed by experience and research, grounded in clear communication, and guided by hands-on leadership. Five points define who we are as a design firm:

  1. Architecture + Interiors: Because we believe the best design work comes from the collaboration of these two disciplines.
  2. National Capabilities: Based in Carolina but working for clients wherever they need us.
  3. People: Celebrating our team of exceptional design professionals.
  4. Community: Actively involved in our community as professionals and volunteers.
  5. Sustainability: Going beyond labels and certifications to implement change in house and through our project work.

Nearly 80% of our projects come from repeat clients, a fact that we believe speaks highly of our work and our people. A lot of firms boast customer service, but aiDG prides itself on genuine, long-term customer relationships. We listen, and our clients know that we’re always ready to solve their most challenging design problems.


Our Charlotte roots run deep, so it our pleasure and privilege to dedicate time and resources to the city’s professional and non-profit community, including the following: