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Church Design Post COVID-19

GFF Church Works is honored to have our recent COVID-19 discussion on the church re-entry process featured in the following publications. Please follow the links to learn more about strategies for re-entry and contact us if you would like to further discuss specifics for your facility! What Will Church Design Look Like in a Post-Pandemic…
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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…

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Post-Pandemic Retail

Being mindful of potential cost and spatial implications, these ideas outline and suggest realistic measures which may be taken to, logically but resourcefully, re-shape multifamily communities.

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Post-Pandemic Housing

Being mindful of potential cost and spatial implications, these ideas outline and suggest realistic measures which may be taken to, logically but resourcefully, re-shape multifamily communities.

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K-12 Schools and the Response to COVID-19

The end of May is usually a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the school year just completed and look forward to new opportunities in the coming year, but this has been a spring semester unlike any other. The rapid transformation required of schools and universities in response to the COVID-19 virus has been both…

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Jam With GFF

From time to time, we like to share the music we listen to with our coworkers. New albums and new artists are currency for conversations about creative accomplishment and serve as the mood-shifting push that we need to find our own ideas. Temporarily locked in doors due to COVID-19, we find ourselves listening to music more than we’re used to during a workday. Kitchen tables and home offices have become our new workstations and music is providing the right environmental mask to transform our homes into proper work spaces.

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Expansion and Renovation Renew 1960s Dallas Church

After working with GFF Architects on various projects elsewhere on the campus over the previous quarter century, Good Shepherd turned to the firm once again in 2016 to expand the seating capacity of the sanctuary, enhance the sanctuary lighting, replace the sanctuary flooring, add an accessible restroom and a covered porte-cochere drop-off.

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Should We Be Specifying Antimicrobials?

Research has shown that while antimicrobials do have some positive attributes, such as their ability to be used as a preservative in building materials, their presence in the built environment may create more harm than good. These days, the emergence of COVID-19 has made this question a more immediate concern. As states and local municipalities…
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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…

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Today’s Students Are Different – Is Your Housing?

THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE MARCH/APRIL 2020 EDITION OF STUDENT HOUSING BUSINESS Student housing changes with each generation; we're in the middle of a generation shift. Most student housing has seen multiple generations on many campuses. Here's a look at the past three generations and how housing built for those generations will adapt to the…
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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…

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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…

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Creating Memorable (Shelter-In-)Places

Since transitioning to a fully remote workforce on March 24, GFF has remained committed to providing the high creativity and productivity levels that our clients and consultants rely on. We are proud of the dedication that our GFF team has shown during these challenging times and we couldn’t have done it without each and every employee’s commitment and cooperation. GFF continues to Create Memorable Places from our home work spaces and for that, we are incredibly grateful to our IT team.

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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…
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Productive Struggle, or Why Architecture School is a Model for Education in General

One of the most influential trends in pedagogy today, especially in the world of K-12 education, is Project-Based Learning, sometimes abbreviated as PBL. Rather than discrete lessons about individual subjects, PBL takes a more integrative, more active, and often a more collaborative approach to learning. Students are challenged with projects which require integration across disciplines,…

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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…
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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.

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Why We do What We Do: The Design of Learning Space

Learning is shaped, for better or worse, by the environment where it takes place. Current research on cognitive science demonstrates that learning requires both an internal process of assimilating new information and a social process of discussion and negotiation to build new understanding. Knowledge is constructed both through engagement with ideas and with others, so…

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GFF Church Works Grand Openings

The GFF Church Works Studio is excited to share our most recently completed projects! First Baptist Church in Lewisville held a grand opening to celebrate the completion of their new children’s wing and renovated youth space. First United Methodist Church in Allen celebrated the opening of their new commons/café, outdoor plaza and renovated children’s and…
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Our Future is Bright.

Hello 2020! Our Future is Bright. Announcing GFF Promotions for 2020 GFF is thrilled to kickoff 2020 by announcing the promotion of 48 talented architects, interior designers, landscape architects, planners, and operations professionals. These individuals have shown creativity, leadership, and a commitment to our values in creating our most memorable places yet in 2019. Recognizing…
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Pacific Plaza Field Trip

written by Gavin Newman Sometimes research can be fun. After several days of unseasonably cold weather, GFF’s Planning and Landscape studios took a field trip to downtown Dallas’ newest spot of green, Pacific Plaza. New parks don’t just appear out of thin air – this park combines an existing park, an adjacent parking lot, and…

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GFF Bark + Build 2019

GFF has had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Bark + Build for the past several years which is a doghouse and cat condo design/build competition between professional teams consisting of architects and contractors. This year we were able to team up with RO Construction to create a bar cart/doghouse in the Doggy Décor category,…

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Reducing Building Operating Cost Through Good Design

Chase Oaks Church - Plano, Texas Churches face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with limited resources, but construction dollars represent only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life of a building. While cost of construction is certainly an important consideration, as long-term building owners and operators churches should…
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GFF Halloween 2019

GFF celebrated Halloween with our annual pumpkin painting and costume contest! Shout out to this year’s winners: Costumes: 1. Addam’s Family 2. 101 Dalmations 3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pumpkins: 1. The Fox 2. Spa Day 3. Spooky Landscape

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GFF Church Works Recent Awards

The GFF Church Works Studio was recently awarded a “2019 Worship Facilities Solomon Award for Church Design – Youth and Children’s Spaces” for Woodcreek Church in Richardson, TX. The Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operational excellence, innovative use, and technical production.  Each submission is judged…
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‘On My Own Time’ Gallery 2019

This summer, GFF took part in our eighth year of On My Own Time. By working closely with Business Council for the Arts, we created an outstanding art show featuring the talent of our employees and spouses. GFF’s Tara Harandi and Perry Weber served as OMOT Ambassadors who managed the in-house exhibitions and acted as…

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The Impact of Classroom Technology on Student/Teacher Communication

Winston Churchill famously said, “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” This is especially true in schools and universities, where new technology in the classroom is reshaping our definition of what a learning space is and does, and fundamentally changing the nature of the interaction between teacher and student. Members of GFF’s education studio…
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Join Us at PARK(ing) Day Fort Worth 2019!

The GFF Fort Worth Team will be hanging ten at this year’s PARK(ing) Day. Come stop by and visit our parking space oasis on Magnolia on Friday, September 20th! https://www.nearsouthsidefw.org/events/park-ing-day Below are the concept plans of the team’s space titled ‘Catch a Wave’:    

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Portrait of a GFFer: Taylor Hanttula

Meet Taylor Hanttula. Taylor is a Frisco native and graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master of Architecture. She joined the Kanaga studio in January of 2019. Read below for more about Taylor! My one true love is my parents’ dog, Scarlett! She has easily become the favorite child. I just took a DNA…

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Church Works Summer Volunteer Projects

Members of the GFF Church Works studio recently led an architecture elective class at Wesley-Rankin Community Center as part of their summer camp series. The summer enrichment camp is a seven-week program for 1st-8th grade that offers education in science, math, reading and the arts. As part of the architecture class, middle-school students learned about…
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