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Ghafari Architect in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Ghafari Associates, LLC., is looking for Architects to join the team in Grand Rapids, Michigan . Parking is paid for by the company.

The Arch (Architect if licensed) , with supervision from the Manager of Architecture, will direct the development of the design work; lead in the production of technical drawings and specifications; coordinate the related work of the other disciplines; and assume in-house construction administration duties on projects of moderate to large size and complexity.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Has the ability to coordinate and run small scale projects.

  • Provide mentorship and embrace opportunities for learning with less experienced staff if necessary

  • Capable of reading existing construction documents, organizing/leading field checking activities and surveying existing buildings.

  • Possesses/demonstrates the graphic ability to produce existing building as-builts and develop architectural building backgrounds.

  • Possesses/demonstrates the knowledge and ability to set-up project AutoCAD files or Revit model creation per client or office standards. Leads the AutoCAD or Revit model coordination efforts between departments.

  • Accurately produces schematic design, design development and construction documents based on direction from the lead Project Architect.

  • Possesses ability to plan mini-sheet sets and/or work plans if directed by the Project Architect.

  • Proficient at architectural graphic standards and construction drawing set organization and development.

  • Carry out design tasks of limited scope (e.g. site planning alternate studies, elevational studies, stairs, and toilet room layouts) and with technical task (e.g. building sections, wall sections, and special details).

  • Possesses/demonstrates the communication skills to work with all assigned project team members, including engineering disciplines. Follows direction from the Project Manager or lead Project Architect and advises of any questions.

  • Possess/demonstrates the ability/willingness to accept constructive feedback and mentorship from colleagues to enhance professional development.

  • Assists the lead Project Architect with coordination of the construction documents, including specifications, with other disciplines or consultants.

  • Assists in programming sessions, preparation of programming documents and presentation materials. Participates in design charrettes.

  • Undertake in-house construction administration duties (basic RFI and submittal review).

  • Possess/demonstrates sufficient knowledge of company standards.

  • Proficient with Revit model creation and the development of family content in accordance with company standards.

  • Proficient with Revit project set-up and workset/model management in accordance with company standards.

  • Familiar with laser scanning and point clouds.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Architectural Engineering.

  • Enrollment in NCARB AXP program.

  • Licensing exams in progress preferred.

  • LEED Certification preferred.

  • WELL Building Certification preferred.


  • 2-5 years related architecture experience.


  • Proficiency in Revit and AutoCAD

  • Preferred software knowledge: Navisworks, Bluebeam, Microsoft Office, BIM360, and Microsoft Teams

  • Good written and verbal communication.


Since 1982, Ghafari Associates has taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets including: aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, hospitality, K-12 and higher education. As a global team of engineers, architects, process designers, and consultants we blend insight with technological innovation helping clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Continuously rated a Top Workplace to Work ( , Crain’s Cool Place to Work ( , and a Best and Brightest ( company to work for in the US, Ghafari has made a name for itself through our culture, employee benefits, and portfolio of projects ( .

Over a quarter of Ghafari employees have diverse identities that are championed by our growing approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We provide flexible work environments allowing team members a schedule that benefits them, whether it is fully remote, hybrid or an in-office experience.

Through career mapping, Ghafari employees are encouraged to seek licensure, coached for knowledge growth, and provided opportunities for management and mentorship roles if interested. Our robust internship program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, having an over 90% success rate of hiring our interns after graduation.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects all around the world. Ghafari’s global reach creates an environment where individuals can build professional relationships while building sustainable and cutting-edge facilities. Are you ready to take that leap? Apply now! (

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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By fax at 313.436.8624; Attn: Human Resources

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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, pregnancy or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, 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.

Working Options

In Office

Job ID 2023-2272

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Architecture