Lamar Johnson Collaborative Adds Seasoned Executive Jim Jobes to Leadership Team

Today Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC), an award-winning national architecture, planning and interior design firm headquartered in Chicago, announced the addition of Jim Jobes, AIA to its executive management team as senior principal. In this role, Jobes will help drive studio development in the aviation / aerospace and industrial / advanced manufacturing markets, as well as overall strategic growth.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim to our team,” said founder and CEO Lamar Johnson, FAIA. “First and foremost he shares our values. His strong relationships in the aviation and industrial sectors, as well as experience helping shape rapid operational expansion, are an ideal fit for LJC.”

For over 25 years, Jim has managed global teams and large-scale design and construction projects for Fortune 500s such as Southwest Airlines, Amazon Air and John Deere. Most recently, Jobes served as executive vice president at international architecture, engineering and construction firm Ghafari Associates for which he launched branch offices in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; São Paulo, Brazil; and Fort Worth, Texas to support interests and clients in those regions. He also oversaw a global staff of over 80. Prior to that, Jobes managed pharmaceutical, commercial and industrial projects for AECOM.

“I am excited to join the remarkable architectural team at LJC during this tremendous chapter of growth,” said Jobes. “The combination of LJC’s integrated design-build capabilities, strong client base, and diverse project markets makes for a dynamic and rewarding work environment.”

Jobes is affiliated with numerous civic and professional associations, including the Industrial Asset Management Council; Design Build Institute of America; Chicago Council of Global Affairs; American Chamber of Commerce Brazil; and Active Transportation Alliance. He holds an Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Indiana University. He is a licensed architect in the states of Illinois and Texas.

About LJC
LJC is the full-service design and architecture arm of Clayco and is committed to enhancing the quality of the human experience and to improving how design and architecture can impact each individual’s emotional being. By harnessing the power of integrated design—including architecture, workplace strategy, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and engineering—the company achieves its clients’ goals and aspirations. For more information, visit