Architecture firm hires director of education

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Doug Campbell. Courtesy Ghafari Associates

A global architecture firm has a new locally based director of education.

Southfield-based Ghafari Associates hired Doug Campbell, A.I.A., L.E.E.D. A.P., for the role, according to the firm this week.

The firm also provides engineering and interior design services. It has 15 offices.

Campbell commands leadership of Ghafari's education practice from the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

He is responsible for developing firm strategy in the education sector and leading projects aimed at enhancing the student experience.

"The most incredible part of my job is the opportunity to collaborate with clients and help inspire future generations of students," Campbell said. "Today and tomorrow's children are our future: our inventors, our scholars, our entrepreneurs and our explorers. Knowing that Ghafari is built on the idea of giving students a 'Space to Thrive' is the best kind of aspiration I can think of."

Campbell has a design career spanning over 15 years and has focused on progressive education methods, sustainable building performance and student experiences.

His portfolio encompasses a variety of education projects, from campus master planning to pre-K-12 schools, to large renovation and new construction projects in higher education.

Campbell has worked at multiple design firms, including CannonDesign and most recently, SmithGroup.

"Doug brings tremendous experience and an energized strategic vision to our team, as we strive to broaden our education design portfolio across our offices in the U.S. and overseas," said Kouhaila Hammer, president and CEO, Ghafari Associates. "We will be looking for him to lead our education practice and our clients toward remarkable campus achievements."

In addition to being a published thought leader, he serves the community through teaching and volunteer work, having taught design to elementary school children, undergraduate and graduate design studios and at the UTSOA Summer Academy.

He holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and English literature from the University of Virginia and a master of architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, with an emphasis in sustainable design.

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