James Witman

James Witman

Detroit, MI





Perkins Eastman, Boston, MA, US, Architect, Studio BIM Lead

Used Revit to develop Level 300 Architectural models and produce drawings for all phases of design. Reviewed shop drawings, answered RFIs, and completed punch lists. Actively participated in BIM Leadership Committee and IT Liaison Committee. Developed firm’s Revit Content Creation Guidelines. Contributed to firmwide Revit Template development and Design+Technology Standards documentation. Trained other team members in using Revit and mentored project BIM leads.

Oct 2015 - current

Ghafari Associates, Dearborn, MI, US, Architect II

Developed Revit models and drawings coordinated with in-house Civil, Structural, MEP, Interior Design, and Process team. Worked with specifications writer to prepare and revise project manual. Handled Construction Administration tasks. Prepared 3D views for renderings. Generated Revit families for corporate library. Provided software support for other team members. Advised in revisions to office standards.

Apr 2014 - Oct 2015

The Art Institute of Michigan, Novi, MI, US, Adjunct Instructor

Taught Revit and AutoCAD to Interior Design students. Awarded Faculty Member of the Quarter, Tutor of the Quarter, and Faculty Commencement Speaker.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2014

coG-studio LLC, Detroit, MI, US, Architectural and Urban Designer

Created Architectural and Urban Design drawings and presentations for all phases of design. Took field measurements and analyzed existing buildings. Conducted design research. Transitioned office standards from AutoCAD to Revit. Assisted in project accounting and client billing.

Aug 2011 - Jan 2014


Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

* Urban Studio – With a team of students, work closely with community groups in the City of Detroit, Michigan to develop Master Plans, Site Plans, Design Guidelines, and LEED-ND Sustainable Design Strategies based on demographic, economic, land use, built density, circulation, and historical data

* Urban Theory – Become familiarized with a wide range of historical and contemporary theories of urban design/planning and research New Urbanism and Transit-Oriented Development in depth

* Professional Practice – Study the professional, legal, and financial aspects of architecture, planning, construction, and development

May 2009 - Jul 2010

Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, US, Bachelors, Architecture

* Sustainable Architecture Studio – Study methods and technology used in environmentally sustainable design, analyze site conditions that contribute to sustainability, examine and apply LEED guidelines, and develop a schematic design for a sustainable library in Bellingham, Washington

* Integrated Design Studio – Solve Architectural, Interior Design, and Urban Design problems and create presentations including Floor Plans, Building Sections, Elevations, and Perspectives

Aug 2005 - May 2009


Design Studio Exhibition Finalist, Award

Lawrence Technological University Integrated Design Studio 3: Hudson Site Library


Faculty Member of the Quarter: Spring 2013, Award

Art Institute of Michigan - Detroit


Faculty Commencement Speaker, Award

Art Institute of Michigan - Detroit


Tutor of the Quarter: Summer 2013, Award


Areas of Specialization