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Ghafari Senior Project Architect in Dearborn, Michigan


General Summary:

The Senior Project Architect, without supervision from the Manager of Architecture, directs and is responsible for the development of the design work; leads in the production of technical drawings and specifications; coordinates the related work of the other disciplines; and assumes in-house construction administration duties on projects of large size and high complexity. (Industrial design experience a plus)

Essential Job Functions:

  • Able to manage large, highly complex projects and teams and mentor staff.

  • Establish the factual parameters of the design work (e.g. code, site restrictions, budget and schedule restraints); identify building systems options and related performance and cost criteria; and assist in the presentation of design documents.

  • Formulate the project work plan based on an approved scope of work. Plan mini-sheet work plans for assigned projects. Lead the execution of the various tasks identified therein. Assume primary responsibility for the daily activities of the architectural project team and the progress of the work and for the technical quality of the Construction Documents (drawings and specifications).

  • Assist the Project Manager in adhering to the project schedule and budget; and in identifying changes to the scope of the work, and related repercussions on project schedule and budget.

  • Advise the Manager of Architecture in the staffing requirements for projects.

  • Initiate and orchestrate the work of the entire project team (the various engineering and interiors disciplines, and other consultants), and facilitate the timely exchange of information between all project team members; assume responsibility for the coordination of all disciplines, documents, and for insuring that quality control procedures are enforced.

  • Responsible for the management of the production of construction documents.

  • Prepare written portion of addenda and bulletins relating to architectural work.

  • Perform all in-house construction administration duties: respond to RFI’s, review and approve shop drawings, issue bulletins, etc.; provide field-representation services (at the request of the Project Manager).

  • Help maintain and improve office architectural standards, details and production tools.

  • Familiar with Revit model creation.

  • Familiar with Revit project set-up and workset/model management.

  • Familiar with laser scanning and point clouds.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Employment Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Architectural Engineering; Master’s degree in Architecture or Architectural Engineering preferred

  • NCARB certificate required

  • LEED preferred

  • Registered Architect


  • 15+ years related architecture experience

  • Industrial design experience a plus


  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks and Microsoft Office. Familiar with BIM 360.

  • Familiar with point cloud software (e.g. Autodesk Recap).

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Strong attention to detail


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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Job ID 2021-1601

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Architecture