Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Press Release

Doug Campbell, AIA, LEED AP Joins Ghafari as Director of Education

Grand Rapids, MI – Doug Campbell, AIA, LEED AP, has joined global architecture and engineering firm Ghafari Associates (Ghafari) as Director of Education. In this role, Campbell assumes leadership of Ghafari’s education practice and is responsible for developing firm strategy in the 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 says. “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.”

With a design career spanning more than 15 years, Campbell has focused on progressive educational pedagogies, sustainable building performance, and life-changing student experiences. His portfolio encompasses a variety of education-sector projects, from campus master planning, to Pre-K-12 schools, to large renovation and new construction projects in higher education. He has worked at multiple world-class design firms, including Hanbury Evans, Behnisch Architekten, 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,” says Ghafari President and CEO Kouhaila Hammer. “We will be looking for him to lead our education practice and our clients toward remarkable campus achievements.”

Campbell holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in sustainable design. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in architecture and English literature from the University of Virginia. In addition to being an architectural practitioner and a published thought leader, he also serves his community through teaching and volunteer work, having taught design to elementary school children, undergraduate and graduate design studios, as well as teaching at the UTSOA Summer Academy.

“Being a teacher as well as an architect is really important because it gives me a sense of what it’s like to guide a room full of students and feel the joy of their discoveries and successes,” he says. “That helps me understand my clients, serve their students and community, and ultimately, offer meaningful design solutions.”