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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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…