Architecture firm hires director of design


Michael Lubbers. Courtesy Ghafari Associates

An architecture firm has named a new director of design in Grand Rapids.

Michael Lubbers, A.I.A., has joined Dearborn-based Ghafari Associates, a global architecture and engineering firm, as its local director of design.

Lubbers will assume lead responsibility for design direction and process management in West Michigan, while also collaborating with clients in Chicago and southeast Michigan.

Lubbers, a Holland native, brings 23 years of design leadership experience, having worked with Chicago firms OKW Architects and Wight & Company.

At OKW, he was principal and creative director and led innovation of both the design process and the firm's approach to enhancing the client experience. At Wight, he served as VP and creative director, leading teams in the design of higher education, workplace and institutional projects.

"Michael has impeccable design credentials," said Stephen Fry, A.I.A., president of Ghafari's Grand Rapids office. "Equally important in a director of design, he's also a process innovator. He knows how to fully engage clients and elevate the skills of each team member through a hands-on, decidedly collaborative approach."

He’s a LEED-accredited professional and has received numerous industry honors, including awards and recognition from the Chicago Building Congress, IIDA Illinois, Association for Learning Environments and Learning By Design.

He holds a B.A. in fine art from Calvin College and a master of architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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