Posted

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Press Release

Ray Clark Joins Ghafari as Executive Vice President

Ray Clark, Executive Vice President
Ray Clark, Executive Vice President

Seasoned architecture / engineering executive Raymond S. Clark, AIA, LEED AP, has joined Ghafari Associates as Executive Vice President. With a career spanning over 35 years, Clark brings to Ghafari a wealth of experience in design leadership, project management and business development. As Executive Vice President, he will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s operations in Chicago and expanding its service offerings in new strategic markets.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ray to the Ghafari team,” says President and CEO Kouhaila Hammer. “With his unique background and depth of leadership experience, he is a great fit for our organization. We look forward to exploring new markets and broadening our capabilities under his leadership.”

Clark joins Ghafari from global A/E/C firm HOK, where he served as Managing Principal of its Chicago office. Previously, he led Perkins + Will’s Chicago and London practices as Managing Director, overseeing a variety of large-scale commercial projects that include the CBS Media Tower in Chicago, the Bank of America Center in Charlotte, the Chicago Spire and the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Clark began his career in 1978 with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as a structural engineer, eventually transitioning to the role of Senior Technical Architect responsible for the coordination of such significant international projects as the 88-story Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai and the Hotel Artes, Vila Olimpica in Barcelona.

Ghafari is a dynamic firm, uniquely positioned in expanding markets and focused on people, innovation, clients, high performance services and balance.

Ray Clark
Executive Vice President, Ghafari

Clark holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has presented to various organizations and institutions, including the Chicago Architectural Foundation, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the University of Illinois Graduate School of Architecture and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, among others. He is also affiliated with a number of industry organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Chicago Central Area Committee.

“Ghafari is a dynamic firm, uniquely positioned in expanding markets and focused on people, innovation, clients, high performance services and balance,” says Clark. “We are challenged and excited about our growing opportunities in the region and abroad.”