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Ghafari Interior Designer in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Job Description:

General Summary:

With some supervision from the Director of Design and/or Senior Designers, takes responsibility for the general upkeep of the finish material library and execution of a variety of design and technical tasks focused on interior design.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage the in-house finish material library. This includes but is not limited to the curation and maintenance of it. Contact and meetings with material vendors, sample procurement and replacement, general organization, and filing of finish samples during all project phases.

  • Support project teams through sample procurement, preparation of sample binders, and project archiving.

  • Assist in the creation of mood boards, color schemes, and material palettes in either physical and/or digital format.

  • Support the team in the selection of furniture and ancillary furnishings and accessories.

  • Assist in design tasks of limited scope, including, programming, space planning, elevation studies, finish, and furniture selections, etc. under the guidance of a Senior Designer.

  • Assist in preparing presentations, conceptual drawings, sketches, and/or 3D images/renderings based on the candidate’s proficiency, skill, and knowledge of design and design tools.

  • Assists in the preparation of interior-related schematic, design development, and construction documents (furniture plans, millwork, schedules, etc.).

  • Assists in the preparation of project specifications (providing manufacturer information).

  • Assist in the construction administration process with review of interior-related RFIs and submittals.

  • As appropriate may run entire project of limited scope under close guidance from Senior Designer or Project Manager.

  • Possess/demonstrate communication skills to work with all assigned project team members and be motivated to engage, ask questions, and be mentored.

  • Stay updated on industry standards and best practices in interior design.

  • Performs other related interior design duties as assigned.

Employment Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Interior Architecture or Interior Design


  • 2-6 years of experience in an Interior Design role

  • Complete NCIDQ examination eligibility requirements for the NCIDQ exam

  • LEED and/or WELL Building Certification preferred.


  • Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUP/Enscape, InDesign, and other related design and rendering software.

  • Familiarity with Bluebeam Revu, Autodesk BIM360, and Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC) is helpful, but not required.

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Microsoft Teams.

  • Possess strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills.

  • Knowledge of industry vendors/manufacturers.

  • Excellent organizational skills including strong attention to detail and time management.

Physical Requirements:

  • This position requires the ability to perform the essential job functions contained in this job description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:

  • Ability to spend most of an 8-hour day sitting, standing, and walking at the office

  • Ability to drive to a different worksite

  • Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified applicants unable to fulfill one or more of these requirements

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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