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Locally Sourced Kindness

We have asked our employees which organizations they supported this year and would like to encourage our readers to support them too! In a year when we have often felt powerless to change things around us, we’ve found strength in the work that these organizations are doing (and have been doing for a long time) to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.


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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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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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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GFF Fort Worth Summer Party

GFF’s Fort Worth Studio beat the summer heat by having a summer swim party hosted by Lonnie Burns at his home. The GFF Fort Worth team enjoyed tacos, swam with their families and participated in a badminton competition. Stay cool friends!



Last week GFF installed our exhibit for the 2018 AIA RETROSPECT in NorthPark Mall and it is displayed with a number of other exhibits designed by architecture firms in Dallas.  RETROSPECT is a public outreach event designed to promote architects, architecture, and activities within the community.  The exhibit demonstrates how architects lead efforts to make…


GFFers in the Arts: Victoria Lee

Victoria recently performed with Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s Little Women as Sallie Gardiner in Fort Worth. Stolen Shakespeare Guild is a company that focuses mostly on producing classical work such as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Jane Austen and more. Little Women is the classic story based on the author, Louisa May Alcott’s family, particularly her sisters. Sallie Gardiner…

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We Care Event 2017

On December 7th, the GFF Interiors group participated in the We Care event and won 2nd place for their craft for the kids, which was a Reindeer Ornament! Most importantly this is for a great cause.  The We Care event is at the Boys and Girls Club and is sponsored by Herman Miller.  Kids from…


Gavin Newman’s Celebratory Trip to Cambodia

To celebrate our engagement, my fiancé and I traveled to Cambodia to visit the temples at the ancient city of Angkor. Angkor was the physical and spiritual center of the Khmer empire – an empire that dominated southeast Asia from the 9th to 15th centuries. It was long known that Angkor was home to a…

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GFF Halloween 2017

GFF celebrated the spooky season with their annual pumpkin painting party and costume contest! Shout out to our winners: Costumes: Spice Girls / Dora and Swiper Pumpkin Paintings: Hello Kitty and Stranger Things  


‘On My Own Time’ Gallery 2017

In what has become a mainstay at the firm, GFF held our sixth annual gallery showcasing employee (and spouses’) artwork through the North Texas Business Council for the Arts’ On My Own Time program. As always, we were absolutely floored with the talents and passions of the people we see everyday. So many of them…

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GFF Interiors Learns to Pack a Punch!

GFF Interiors is used to tackling design challenges that arise, but after a self-defense class with fellow interior designers and host, Allsteel, we now have the skills to escape an attacker.  The class was taught by Chamberlain Studios and they brought the muscle and experience to share critical moves to get out from under an…


Site Tour of a New Headquarters Office Building

Recently the Womble Studio took a tour of a new Headquarters Office Building under construction in Dallas. This 15,000 square foot office is located just off of the Katy Trail, near Highland Park, and the building is certainly striking. The project is intended to be representative of the owners’ legacy – humility and stewardship –…


Cosby and Interiors Backyard Bash!

Earlier this summer, the Cosby and Interiors studios had another great turnout for their annual party. The combination of both studios always makes for a good time! A variety of appetizers, desserts and drinks were provided (shout out to Cosby studio’s very own in-house baker, Mariah Trevizo, for catering the desserts). GFF’s own Lawrence Cosby…


2017 IIDA Cre8 Design Competition and Fashion Show

On April 28th, GFF competed in the biannual IIDA Cre8 Design Competition and Fashion Show. Our team included Alix Rios (model), Traci Webster, Emily Noble, Nancy Holmes, and Ashley Hall from GFF.  Architectural firms across Dallas are paired with one soft goods underwriter and one hard goods underwriter to design and create an outfit in…


On My Own Time 2016

This August marks GFF’s fifth consecutive year of participating in the Business Council for the Arts’ On My Own Time exhibit. The Dallas-based organization encourages local companies to allow an opportunity for employees to display any artistic passion they may pursue in their free time. Last week, GFF held our annual OMOT reception at the…


Race for the Cure

  This past weekend some of our GFFers participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in honor of our Principal/Director of Operations, Allison Hubbard, who was diagnosed at the end of August. We are very thankful and excited that she is now cancer-free!


On My Own Time 2015

Working at an architecture firm, one has to occasionally wonder about the hidden talents of your coworkers; what with being employed in such a design-intensive profession. Fortunately for us, the North Texas Business Council for the Arts provides an outlet for not only GFF, but many other DFW corporations to present any kind of artistic…


GFFer Goes Over the Edge

This year, GFFer Aubrey Parks went Over the Edge to raise money for Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. Make-A-Wish® helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions that depend on courage to overcome obstacles every day. All money raised by rappellers goes to granting the wishes of Make-A-Wish® kids. This year Over the Edge…


Best in Show at CRE8 Design Challenge

Last week, GFF Interiors participated in the CRE8 Design Challenge and Fashion Show hosted by IIDA Dallas Fort Worth City Center for the first time. We are proud to announce we went home with the ‘Best of Show’ award. The hardworking team, Alix Bulleit, Jackie Brooks, Cristina Driver, Kelsey Vusich, Traci Webster and Kathleen Wu,…

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Girl Scout Cookie Box Competition

This past weekend Jennifer Workman, Jeanmarie Brienza, Kathleen Wu, Kelsey Vusich and Lauren Amos participated with a troop in the Girl Scout Cookie Box Competition. This annual competition pairs Girl Scout troops with women architects and engineers from local firms to create free-standing structures using cookie boxes. This year’s theme incorporates ecosystems and features 10 different…


Trekking West Texas 2014

Having traversed through Marfa, Fort Davis, and Big Bend National Park over the span of one weekend last year, fellow GFFers Kathleen Chu, Lindsay Brisko and I decided to continue our backcountry road trip tradition this year with yet another exploration into West Texas. Tyler Cini, our other 2013 GFF traveling counterpart, unfortunately had to…


Big Bend Makes You Think!

Once upon a time we packed tents and provisions on our backs, ventured into the woods and up the mountains. We ate freeze dried meals (mostly pasta) cooked on miniature stoves and slept on the ground. In the beginning there were six (6) of us from St. John’s Episcopal Church who sought the experiences only…


The Strangers Take Dallas

GFF Principal, Brian Kuper (on the drums), and his band The Strangers performed last Friday night at the Lone Star Roadhouse. The six-member band rocked the night away performing classic rock tunes! Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Strangers-of-Dallas/141914332620509      


It’s Softball Season at GFF!

Many athletes might drink G3 post-game. Our GFFers are drinking juice boxes. Top Row L-R : Sam Stribling, James Spence, Xavier Spencer, Tyler Cini, Jason Hoyt, Nick Nepveux Bottom : Abigail Branch, Alix Bulleit, Laura Eder, Aubrey Parks, Emily Noble


‘On My Own Time’ Gallery 2014

We’re very excited to announce a special relationship and venue for our Third Annual ‘On My Own Time’ art gallery show through the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Artwork produced by immensely talented GFFers (outside of office hours) is currently on display down at Community Beer Company’s new taproom, and will be through Monday September 8th! This is…

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Architects Talking to Architects: Jacquelyn Block, AIA

July 17, 2014 – As published by the Texas Society of Architects Jacquelyn Block, AIA, is a project leader at Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects and has a passion for working on educational and liturgical projects. Jacquelyn Block, AIA – courtesy Jacquelyn Block Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lufkin, Texas — a small town in the…

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Welding IX – Group 3

Group 3 attended their first welding workshop last night to be introduced to metal fabrication. Jackie Brooks, Claire Johnston, Leona Starostine, and Christopher Steinberg learned the basics in arc welding, MIG welding, and cutting with an oxyacetylene torch. After reassurance that they would not be electrocuted, or burned (badly), each stepped up to the plate…


April Showers Bring May Flowers

GFF’ers Jackie Brooks, Jamie Bowers, Whitney Jones and English Minter braved the torrential rains to celebrate Spring at the Design Soup event hosted by National Office Furniture last Thursday evening. Under the guidance of Nathan Johnson,  creative director of GRO Designs, local interior designers were given a palette of tulip peonies, equisetum (horsetail) and banana…
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GFF Animal Shelter Day!

Here at GFF, we’re getting excited for our upcoming event: GFF Animal Shelter Day on May 10th! There is an abundance of animal lovers in the office, so what better way to volunteer our time than to help our furry friends. The Operation Kindness Shelter is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas.…

Cool Thursday at the Dallas Arboretum

A fantastic view, excellent weather, and live music – what more could we have asked for?!   GFFers along with family and friends gathered for a night out at the Dallas Arboretum for one of their Cool Thursday Concerts.  If you haven’t been, we highly recommend it.  We brought coolers, picnics, blankets and settled in…

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Welding Workshop VIII – Group 2

Jeanmarie, Kelsey and Laura finished their projects this week: a table, and two wine holders. Laura’s table, built with half inch, square steel tubing, will fit in her living, as it was designed to function with other pieces of furniture. Jeanmarie’s wine rack is a playful juxtaposition of carefully proportioned, quarter-inch steel rods, to be…


GFF Goes Team Coco

Recently, late night television host Conan O’Brien spent a week filming his show in Dallas at The Majestic Theater.  Several GFFers were lucky enough to nab coveted tickets to see the famed redhead, some were even on the front row!  Tyler and Josh even spotted the end of the week guest Charles Barkley at Cane…


Welding VI – Group 2

Projects are well under way as Group 2 finishes their second class. Kelsey is building a wine rack, Laura finished up a shelf and coat rack, and Jeanmarie scaled up a model of a coat and key holder.


GFF Arch. Madness Tournament

Here at GFF there are a lot of people who love sports, even more who love architecture, and the odd few who fall into neither category are always down for playing a game. In honor of the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament Final Four and championship being held right here at home in DFW, we…


Welding Workshop V: Group 2

Last night Group 2 began their first welding workshop. Laura Eder, Kelsey Vusich and Jeanmarie Brienza gather around the welding table as they discuss future sculptures, and learn the basics of metal fabrication.


Welding IV

Last night Kathleen and Jillian Brooks finished up their metal tables during the welding workshop. Totaling 6 hours of work, Jillian has produced an insect-like table, and Kathleen has mastered the technique of bending steel to make a table that awaits a future wood finish top.

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Welding Workshop Class #3. Isaac and Kathleen are well under way fabricating their own creations. Isaac is squaring off the fire pit planned for his backyard, and Kathleen is double checking the bent steel angle for a table she is making.

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Annual Holiday Party Goes Slow-Motion (in a good way!)

GFF's annual party is one of our favorite events of the year. Besides lively discussions over cocktails and noshing on delicious food, we feature a group activity that is always entertaining - this year was no different. In addition to a lively DJ on the dance floor, GFFers were encouraged to let loose in a…
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Welding I

Last night, Kathleen Chu, Isaac Robinson, Jillian Brooks, and Parker Spence all attended class one of a 4-week GFF Welding Workshop. Class one is an introductory course for the concepts, techniques, and equipment of metal fabrication. The group learned four different ways to weld and cut metal using an Oxyacetylene torch, Arc welder, and a…


Pace Bend Parc

A couple of us GFFers just made a rock climbing trip this past weekend at Lake Travis – Reimer’s Ranch. Caught in the act is fellow GFFer Jeanmarie Brienza who recently climbed a 5.8 route called “Eight Flake”, named after the large crack in the limestone that goes the entire length of the cliff face.…

American Cancer Society’s Corporate Hero Circle

GFF is entering it's 4th year of participating in the American Cancer Society's Corporate Hero Circle program. The program allows young professionals in the DFW area to raise money that will directly benefit cancer patients in North Texas. Participants raised funds on their own as well as in the office. There were bake sales, vacation…

Top of the Pecking Order – UPDATE

An intricate intertwining of hemp cord creates the organically shaped eyes that highlight the main facades of the playhouse. GFF gave an extra effort towards this articulate application as we wanted to express the importance of an owl’s eyes, which are the main tool used by owls to find and hunt their prey. While exploring…


The Connected City Design Challenge

February 5, 2014 – As published by The Architect’s Newspaper The Connected City Design Challenge: Ryan Flener, Assoc. AIA


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Every year, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas invites local architects and girls interested in architecture to develop critical thinking skills and promote cooperation and team building by turning empty Girl Scout cookie boxes into freestanding structures. This year’s theme was ‘I Can’t Wait… to See the World’ and several of the ten groups had…


Top of the Pecking Order

Every year, the Dallas Arboretum installs a new rotation of children’s playhouses as a part of an annual exhibit dedicated to entertaining and educating the youth throughout the DFW metroplex. Each playhouse is design-built by the pairing of a local architecture firm and general contractor selected by the Arboretum. As the time comes for a new…

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Gingertown 2013

Big thanks to everyone who came out to Northpark for the Gingertown 2013 build! We had a lot of fun and produced three thoroughly excellent houses – Putin’s Pride Pub, Reese’s Hair Pieces, and “Russian Deconstructivism”. It was an excellent opportunity to flex some creative muscle for a good cause. http://gingertown.org


Joe’s Photos from West Texas

"I had just returned from 6 days of hiking in Guadalupe Mountains National Park & thought I’d share a few images of what west Texas has to offer this time of year, especially for those of you who’ve never been there & think it’s just scrub & oil fields." Joe Patti, one of our retired…

On My Own Time 2013

Building on the successes of our 2012 show, we were eager at GFF to participate once again in the North Texas Business Council for the Arts “On My Own Time” program in the summer of 2013, our second annual! This year’s show featured even more pieces than the year prior, and we even had some…


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On My Own Time 2012

In conjunction with the firm’s 30th anniversary, GFF was looking for ways to not only reminisce over the imprint we’ve had on the region over the years with our work, but also to celebrate the creativity and artistic passions of our wonderful employees. The North Texas Business Council for the Arts’ “On My Own Time”…


Welding Class Is In Session

Experienced GFF’ers offer quite a few training courses for others, including welding classes, watercolor class, and sketching.

GFF Winter Party 2010

Every Holiday Season GFF celebrates the year end and wintertime with a grand social feast and party. Lots o’ fun for all.

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