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Ghafari Interior Designer (Workplace Planning) in Dearborn, Michigan


Ghafari Associates (in association with Ford Motor Company) is seeking talented design professionals to help lead the transformation of our architectural portfolio, as we realize a shift toward a more human focused and inspirational experience within our built environments. We recognize the role the built environment has on the occupants and challenge ourselves to progress design thinking in all aspects of interior architecture, exterior architecture, landscape design, and strategic planning. This position will be part of the Ghafari team working exclusively with Ford Motor Company and the Ford Land Architecture/Engineering/Planning division.

The Workplace Planning Team is responsible for the creation of the Global Workplace Standards and to ensure adherence to the standards. A successful Interior Design (Workplace Planning) candidate works closely with the leasing and construction teams to manage the design and development of interior tenant space.The Workplace Planning Team meets with customers to ascertain their needs, and provides detailed floor plans and direction to the project management team to implement.They will also work to develop building standard tenant improvement packages, review tenant drawings and external fit out plans, and ensure adherence to lease agreement and building standards.

Interior Designers (Workplace Planners) engage in the following activities:

  • Initial customer meetings

  • Programming scope and development in adherence with the Global Workplace Standards

  • Test fit space plans

  • Detailed space plans

  • Furniture plans

  • Interior finish plans

  • Develops and executes migration and phasing plans for relocation and sequencing based on the physical space requirements

  • Establishes project goals and objectives, including but not limited to, schedule and budget parameters

  • Attends meetings with internal Ford stakeholders when working with Ford tenant space


Basic Qualifications:

  • Professional degree in Interior Design or Architecture

  • NCIDQ a plus, but not required

  • Minimum 5-7 years experience within the industry

  • LEED or WELL professional certifications preferred

  • Prior experience in R&D, retail, and corporate facilities

  • Experience in large commercial projects ($100M + project budget)

  • Knowledge of building codes and regulations preferred

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to positively represent the company

  • Strong creative problem-solving skills

  • Attention to detail, organized, self-motivated


  • Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft 365

  • Project Software: Autodesk BIM 360 or Procore

  • Autodesk Suites: AutoCAD, REVIT, Sketchbook

  • Design: Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, Enscape

  • Collaboration: MIRO, WebEx Teams


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 2022-1623

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Architecture