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  • GFF Church Works Design Maxims

    As we reach the end of the year, GFF has defined a set of principles that we believe will continue to influence our work for many years to come. We are excited to share these principles, or Design Maxims, and are eagerly looking forward to exciting new ventures in 2021! The GFF Church Works Studio…
  • GFF CAN(e): A Design Competition for a New Animal Shelter

    Ultimately, this building will provide a safe and healthy environment for animals on their journey to finding their forever homes. Before the pandemic took hold, GFF made career offers to six extremely talented graduates around the country. Unable to move to Dallas or begin working in our temporarily closed offices as COVID-19 became a national…
  • Next Generation Student Spaces

    In recent years there has been a growing trend among churches to place extra emphasis on well-designed, impactful space for junior and senior high school students.  It makes sense:  this is a very vulnerable age group.  Teenagers are living through an awkward stage of life and are close to leaving home and navigating the world…
  • Portrait of a GFFer: Faiza Tayyab

    Meet Faiza Tayyab. Faiza graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Professional Bachelor of Architecture and joined the GFF Austin Office in February as a Team Member. Read below for more about Faiza! I was born in Iowa City but (thankfully) have been an Austinite for 20 years now. And yes, I…

  • Catching Up with Alix Rios

    Alix Rios has returned to lead GFF Interiors. We had a few things to ask her.

  • Portrait of a GFFer: Max Nochez

    Meet Max Nochez. Max graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master’s of Architecture. Max joined the GFF team in 2020 and is a Senior Project Coordinator in the Austin Office. See below to read more about Max! 1. I was born and raised…

  • Portrait of a GFFer: Bryana Cozart

    Meet Bryana Cozart. Bryana was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design. Bryana is also a proud parent of two succulents: Pete and Maddison. Read below for more about Bryana! Dancing has been a part of my life since I…

  • Portrait of a GFFer: Ryan Bahlman

    Meet Ryan Bahlman. Ryan is a west Texas native from San Angelo. He graduated from Texas Tech with his Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration. Read below for more about Ryan!  I have a 5 year old German Shepard/Husky mix named Hallie, she has a special talent for waking me up before my…

  • Emily Mendez’s Home Office and Classroom Space

    written by Emily Mendez The process of working from home has been generally smooth.  A few “user error” moments on my end but nothing too bad! GFF’s IT team has been very helpful and patient along the way.  The complicated part is figuring out how to teach and parent a small child from home while…

  • VantagePoint Church Under Construction

    GFF created a new building design for VantagePoint Church on approximately 10.4 acres located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in the City of Eastvale, California. Intended to be the first phase executed of a multiple phase master plan, this new 17,000 SF building will serve as a worship facility, which seats 650 people along with associated…
  • Retail Space Reimagined

    When selecting a site for a new facility, churches are more frequently considering former retail locations as an option.    Vacant retail space can be acquired relatively easily given the decline in brick-and-mortar sales over the past decade. Repurposing a former retail building such as a sporting goods or grocery store brings with it both challenges…
  • Footprints & New Paths

    Effective January 2020, GFF co-founder Duncan T. Fulton, FAIA, LEED AP will step down as Chairman/CEO, and will be retiring from the firm entirely in March, with the time in between spent helping ensure a smooth transition on projects for which he is responsible. Evan Beattie, AIA, LEED AP will assume the role of Chairman/CEO.