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It’s the People that Make the Place / Jon Rollins

Jon Rollins is a leader in GFF’s institutional practice, focusing on university projects, independent schools, cultural facilities and…

¡Tomando el Escenario! Taking the Stage!

A pure and simple architectural form houses a black box theater. Una forma arquitectónica simple y pura alberga el…

Faculty Offices: A Space Allocation Dilemma

It may not be luxurious or even fully private, but just about every full-time college faculty member has…

Learning and Learning Space

For the last twenty-five years, one of my primary areas of focus both in practice and in research…

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…

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…

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;…

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…

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…

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…

Making the Most of Makerspace

St. Mark's School of Texas Makerspace Psychologists and educators from Jean Piaget to Howard Gardner to Maria Montessori…

Sticky Space: The Glue that Holds Your Academic Building Together

Up to 66% of learning for today’s college students takes place outside the classroom, according to a recent…

Reducing Annual Operating Costs Through Good Design

Lucas Christian Academy Capital projects on school campuses face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible…

Is a Flexible Classroom Right for You?

In last month’s post my colleague Jon Rollins discussed some of the considerations at the intersection of space…

Quality vs. Quantity in Campus Space Planning

One of the most common client comments we hear in our campus planning practice is “there’s not enough…

St. Mark’s School of Texas Winn Science Center Dedication Ceremony

St. Mark’s School of Texas celebrates the dedication of the new 56,000 square foot Winn Science Center. The…

GFF Receives Two AIA Dallas 2018 Built Design Awards

  “GFF is honored to be awarded by AIA Dallas with design awards for our Factory Six03 and…

Robert Carr Chapel at TCU Receives a Preservation Project Award

written by Jon Rollins On September 13, 2018, the Board of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. presented a Preservation…

TCU Carr Chapel

The Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University is a popular wedding venue, but the beautiful Georgian space…

The Hockaday School Center for the Arts

“This wonderful Center is not only a culmination of a century of the arts at Hockaday, but also…

February Featured Project: Lakewood Elementary

Lakewood Elementary School is known for academic excellence, strong neighborhood relationships and enthusiastic parent support. Dedicated in 1952,…

A Campus for the Future

Rapidly expanding knowledge, faster communication with an increasingly wide audience, and evolving societal and learning needs will require…