Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Team Member Spotlight

Q+A with Victor Jimenez

Project Architect, Chicago

How do you describe your job to people outside of the industry?

First and foremost, I am a problem solver and designer. By listening to the needs of my clients and collaborating with our team of designers, I create and design cutting-edge buildings and spaces all around the world.

Why did you decide to become an architect?

Since I was a child, I always knew that I wanted to be an architect. I grew up on the far southeast side of Chicago, in the shadows of the former steel mills, and I was inspired by amazing industrialized landscapes and how the neighborhoods developed around them. This interest eventually led me down the path to become an architect.

How would you describe life at Ghafari?

Life at Ghafari has been a great learning experience. We get the chance to work on projects all around the world for great clients. I find it meaningful as an architect to be a part of a project, from the initial sketches on the drawing board to seeing our vision come to life during construction. Being involved on projects from start to finish is the best kind of learning experience and a vital way for one to grow and develop.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened during your time at Ghafari?

One of the projects I was fortunate to see from the initial phase to the construction phase was the Woodward Lincoln Campus. I was invited to be a part of the topping-out ceremony for this project and was asked to sign the commemorative steel beam along with other members of the design team. That was a really fun experience because I was literally able to leave “my signature” on the building.

What is a key idea or lesson you have learned while working at Ghafari?

Working with such a diverse group of designers and engineers has really taught me the importance of teamwork and multi-disciplinary design. When we are all working as a team, we are able to design buildings and spaces that are functional, efficient, and beautiful.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Walking around and exploring Chicago with my wife, Nicole, and our dog, Gizmo. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing new places, cultures, and cuisines.