Design Architect

COMPANY INFO

Ghafari Associates, LLC / Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Ghafari was founded on the belief that new technology should be harnessed to foster the success of our clients.

For nearly 40 years, our forward-thinking team has pursued this belief - uncovering latent needs within each project and collaboratively solving the toughest challenges across architecture, engineering, process design, consulting, and construction. Our pioneering work and high-touch service has been recognized by many publications and organizations, from the American Institute of Architects and Construction Users Roundtable to Engineering News-Record and Fiatech. Though we specialize in technically intensive and complex projects, our goal is simple: help businesses and people thrive.

www.ghafari.com

ABOUT THE JOB

General Summary

The Design Architect is a skilled listener and interprets and translates the needs and desires of a client into user experience and/or built environment. While responsible for leadership in discovery, feasibility and conceptualization, the Design Architect also guides the development and documentation of a project. The design architect offers new thinking, inspiration and motivation to internal teams and client groups alike.

Key Responsibilities

  • Inspires and leads others in project team setting while under the guidance of the Director of Design and Principal in Charge
  • Conceptualize a building design from both a functional and aesthetic perspective in concert with a client's requirements, budget and program
  • Development of a design through sketches, physical models, electronic models, diagrams, massing studies, and other visual formats to express the design intent and communicate to project team, client, and building user groups
  • Demonstrates advanced understanding and application of design practices, theories, and methods.
  • Understands and responds to the technical implications of design decisions
  • Facilitates goals for excellence in design, execution, and sustainability
  • May participate in marketing presentations and client meetings
  • Coordinates contractors, consultants and vendor assignments
  • May organize, direct and mentor junior staff
  • Utilize BIM technologies in development of three dimensional models of building and their components
  • Lead design pin-ups
  • Understands complex facility program compilation, analysis and implementation
  • Develop space planning, block planning, and adjacency diagrams in coordination with building program
  • Presenting the building design to stakeholders (client groups and project teams) during early project phases
  • Interpret and apply building codes and requirements of regulatory agencies in development of the building design
  • Evaluate and select building systems and materials
  • Coordinate building systems (structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.) to ensure compatibility with the design intent
  • Implement sustainable design principles into the building design and surrounding environment
  • Analyze site incorporating geotechnical, hydrological, environmental, social and economic conditions.
  • Develop building design in accordance with cost parameters
  • Ensure that design intent is maintained through documentation and construction
  • Present the building design to stakeholders (client groups and project teams)

REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICANTS

Experience, Capabilities and Credentials

  • 7-10 years of design experience required
  • Architectural licensure must be in-progress or in-hand; ability to meet NCARB requirements for licensure in other states required
  • LEED Green Associate Accreditation or LEED AP preferred
  • Architectural design experience in educational, commercial, multi-family residential, hospitality, institutional and workplace markets is preferred but not required
  • Ability to hand sketch and communicate concepts and ideas to clients effectively
  • Ability to apply accessibility codes, applicable building codes, and life-safety codes to the design of a wide variety of project scopes and complexity
  • General knowledge of building construction systems, constructability, materials, and industry associated standards
  • Ability to check work of others for accuracy and completeness and manage team to meet project budget and schedule
  • Ability to interpret sketches, drawings, codes, building program and other similar material
  • Ability to clearly present abstract ideas to the client and client representative
  • Ability to engage in new thinking and critical thought


Education and Software Experience

  • Degree in support of an Architectural license required (accredited Master's degree or 5 year Bachelor's degree)
  • Experience with modeling/drafting software (Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD)
  • Strong experience with design software (Sketch-up, Creative Cloud, Rhino, etc.) required

CONTACT TO APPLY

Kristin Garstka
https://ghafari.jobs/grand-rapids-mi/design-architect/CC487E94E935411A8CAD6403028DA317/job/