Effective May 21, 2018 new leadership will take the helm at award-winning multidisciplinary design firm GFF. As part of a long-term transition plan which began in the early 2000s, GFF co-founder Duncan T. Fulton, FAIA, LEED AP will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Evan Beattie, AIA, LEED AP will be named President with Allison Hubbard, MBA being named Chief Operating Officer – Business and Richard L. Myers, AIA being named Chief Operating Officer – Professional Practice. These changes coincide with the May 18 retirement of co-founder Larry Good, who most recently served as Chairman.
GFF developed a detailed 15-year ownership transition plan which was launched in 2007 when the firm went from seven principals to 13. Now in the 11th year, the plan is right on track. During this period, six of the seven first-generation principals have stepped down and the firm has grown by 50%.
“GFF has always been led by a team with a mix of skills and talents and this approach has served us well. As our second-generation principals continue to assume greater responsibility in every aspect of our firm, I am confident this will continue to be the case,” said Duncan Fulton.
The team at GFF has a passion for creating memorable places with a focus on projects that will contribute to a more pedestrian friendly region through innovative solutions to complex urban design challenges. “Dallas has become a vastly more livable city over the course of the last decade, and we are proud that many of our projects have contributed to making the urban core of our city more vibrant,” stated Evan Beattie.
“This leadership transition represents a terrific opportunity for career growth across the board at GFF,” said Beattie. “We have an exciting array of design work in progress and incredible opportunities for new responsibilities for all of our employees as we take a team approach to filling the very large shoes that Larry and Duncan are passing to the next generation. We look forward to continuing to grow and diversify our firm’s ownership with new partners that are inspired to design the future of our region and continue to help grow our firm.”
“We had a vision for GFF to be a legacy firm that would survive and thrive under the leadership of the next generation. I could not be happier that this has come to pass. We are as healthy as ever and continue to have a meaningful civic impact on our city,” said Larry Good.