Ghafari Architect in Dearborn, Michigan


The Architect is responsible for having an understanding of the various systems in a variety of building types (i.e.: commercial office, research and engineering centers, manufacturing plants) and also acting as a technical resource to the Company in the design, operation and maintenance of all the various facilities.


  • Provide technical direction for building envelope/enclosures on all of our facilities. Keeping current with the latest products and methods available.

  • Prepare standards, best practices, and special architectural specifications and design requirements for feasibility studies, cost estimates, construction and other Ford Land activities.

  • Review and interpret building codes and other architectural regulatory matters and determine the impact on Company facilities and construction projects.

  • Prepare (or review and recommend for approval) construction cost estimate criteria for architectural items in all projects and proposed project studies.

  • Establish requirements for architectural plans and specifications and direct consultants in the design and engineering of facilities, to assure requirements are met.

  • Establish requirements for architectural drawings and specifications for new Company facilities and major facility modifications.

  • Monitor design and consultant performance for timing, quality and value engineering.

  • Analyze architectural proposals and submittals in contractors’ tenders and submit recommendations to the Manager, Planning & Architecture and the Project Manager.

  • Work closely with Project Managers to expedite all phases of construction work.

  • Support Project Managers in maintaining Project records for all relevant architectural matters.

  • Provide subject matter expertise (SME) to the team and drive the implementation of global processes and strategies. Drive technical innovation and continuous improvement of facility standards and specifications.

  • Strengthen Company programs to ensure implementation of sustainability initiatives in commercial, retail, manufacturing, research, and test facilities.

  • Provide subject matter expertise to projects in the NA region, and support to regional projects.

  • Drive the use of new technologies to maximize capital investment efficiency and sustainability in all corporate infrastructure programs.

  • Support and maintain positive relationships with government authorities, municipalities, and communities in which we operate to enhance long term working relationships with community officials. Ensure that our facilities comply with local codes, laws and recommended practices.

  • Direct the efforts of external engineering consultants on facility evaluations, design alternatives analysis, feasibility studies, estimating and construction delivery systems.

  • Contribute and maintain the manufacturing facilities construction documents website, working with the various departments to keep current the construction specifications and standards.


Employment Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture required; Masters degree preferred

  • Registered Architect preferred

  • LEED certification preferred

  • Minimum 5 years experience in architecture

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD and Revit

  • Experience in commercial and industrial construction projects preferred

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills

  • Willingness to travel on an as needed basis (travel should not exceed 10%)


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2018-1320

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Architecture