Watts Leaf Architects, Charlotte

About Watts Leaf Architects, PA

We design various types of buildings including single family, multifamily, commercial office buildings, restaurants, retail upfits, office upfits, and renovations.

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Watts Leaf Architects, PA is a diversified architectural firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The principals are Charles Watts, AIA and Chip Leaf, AIA.


Charley Watts is a registered architect with over thirty years of architectural experience. Although specializing in multifamily housing, Mr. Watts has experience in restaurant design, single family houses, commercial, buildings, industrial projects, and churches. His degree is in architecture from the University of Virginia and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a member of the national, state, and local American Institute of Architects and is registered in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky. He is active with the local Building Department and served for nine years on their advisory board, the Building Development Commission. He is also active with the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association.

Chip Leaf is a registered architect with over thirty years of experience who believes in client service and quality design. His experience includes his practice of architecture as principal of Leaf Architecture. In 1997 Charley Watts and Chip Leaf combined offices to form Watts Leaf Architects, PA. His architectural degree is from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, at the national, state and local levels. Current registration include North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His continuing education includes participating in the Opening All Doors Program for ADA sponsored by the AIA.


Watts Leaf Architects, PA has specialized in the multi-family architecture since the early 1980’s.
This has included podium, manor and garden style buildings. The majority of our work has been garden and high density multi-family buildings. It is a variety of three and four story product, some with elevators and center corridor layouts. Our belief is the common element is multi-family and the experience level is applied to all types of multi-family projects. A wrap or a podium solution uses this experience and code knowledge to come up with a site specific solution.

Our Clients

We Value Our Clients

Some clients include Wood Partners, Gingko Residential, Marsh Associates, Tribute Properties, Trammell Crow Residential, CitiSculpt, Bainbridge Properties, Woodfield Development, Symphony Development, and many smaller but important clients.