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GFF 2021 Promotions

At GFF we are all excited to welcome the start of this New Year (good riddance 2020!) and we are pleased to kick off 2021 with the announcement of 21 well deserved promotions for members of our team. Each of these individuals has made significant contributions to GFF, demonstrating professionalism, perseverance and professional growth through…
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Church Design: Materiality in Interior Design — Question 1: Can You Deep Clean It Easily?

“A patio expansion-turned-atrium gathering space at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Dallas features interior design elements conducive to people congregating and passing through, but not germs.”


Portrait of a GFFer: Noe Flores

Meet Noe Flores. Noe recently graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Architecture. He is currently working on mixed-use and multifamily projects in the Cini Studio. Read below for more about Noe! Growing up I had a German Shepherd mix named Nikko since I was 12 years old. After…
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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…
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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…
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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…

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Catching Up with Alix Rios

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


CANstruction 2020

While it was an unCANventional summer, our interns were able to still participate in a work from home program – GFFCAN.

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Post-Pandemic Landscapes

As a lasting result of the ‘Shelter-In-Place’ orders, our greenspaces may possess increasingly vital roles in our daily lives. As outdoor spaces continue to fill expanded roles, they also may adapt and change.

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Renovation and Historic Preservation for Education

One of the most common triggers for planning and design projects in K-20 education is that existing campus facilities and resources no longer meet the needs of the institution. As education evolves to meet the needs of the twenty-first century, changes in pedagogy are driving changes in facilities for teaching at all grade levels, as…
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Decoding the Effects of COVID-19

A few weeks ago, we asked our clients, consultants, contractors, and friends of the firm to share their experiences during the current pandemic. We are excited to share our findings and some of the excerpts from our generous survey volunteers.

An Atrium of Light

Perhaps most important, this project put us on a path to dream even bigger about how our physical church building can be leveraged to serve an urban mission field in profound new ways. Nicholas McWhirter, AIA GFF Church Works’ Fiedler Atrium project at First United Methodist Church Dallas was featured in the Summer 2020 issue…
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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…

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

COVID-19 has dramatically affected how we shop, dine, and are entertained. Retailers, restauranteurs, and theater operators are beginning to reopen in limited capacities and think about what the nature of these functions looks like in the future.


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…

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…

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…


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,…


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.

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