Joe Gonzalez, FAIA

Global Director of Design

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In his 35-year career, Joe has firmly established his credentials as a widely respected designer of important commercial, institutional, aviation, and residential projects. Throughout his career, Joe has created buildings that engage and enrich communities, establishing a sense of connectivity that is both functional and cultural. Respecting the personality and sustainability of place, his designs defer to the surrounding environment. In his role as a design leader at Ghafari, he aims to consistently provide an integrated project quality that addresses all aspects of form, site and building concept, and technology.

Joe’s award-winning work spans the globe and includes the Jesse White Community Center in Chicago, a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing campus for Woodward in Colorado, the Arab Jordan Investment Bank Headquarters in Amman, Jordan, and the Corporativo Ejercito 223 office complex in Mexico City.

Joe is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Metropolitan Planning Council, and is a founding member of the Chicago Design Matters Committee. He regularly serves as a jury member for professional award programs, and has given numerous lectures on design at such forums as Stanford University’s School of Architecture and the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. He was also named one of Hispanic Business’ “100 Most Influential Hispanics”. Joe holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University.