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Can We Go Beyond Sustainability?

“So deep is the environmental crisis; so urgent is the demand for change, that architecture must become not…

How is ESG Impacting Real Estate Capital Investment?

There’s an acronym that has been around for a while now which is getting more attention as we…

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Glass Technology that Can Bring Value to Your Building

Developers typically find that one of the most expensive components of a ground up construction is the glazing systems. Natural light gives life to a building. Without it there’s no life and no demand for space. Insulated glazing was invented in 1865, and the technology slowly started to make its way into commercial development in the 1930’s, becoming commonly available in the 50’s. Glass has a major impact on the experiential quality of a space and is often a primary component of the overall design concept. Glass technology has shaped and repeatedly redefined architecture, and its most recent evolution offers a broad spectrum of options.

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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…
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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.

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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…
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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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Should We Be Specifying Antimicrobials?

Research has shown that while antimicrobials do have some positive attributes, such as their ability to be used…
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Today’s Students Are Different – Is Your Housing?

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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…
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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…

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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…


Sustainability: Solar Panels

written by Ashley Hall Ever thought about adding Solar panels to your home? Our own, Russell Hagg, Architect…


Carefree, Car-free

written by Jillian Brooks While the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area ranks as one of the most congested urban…


New Technology: Virtual Reality

written by Matt Blake Virtual Reality is an emerging trend that has exploded in popularity over the past…
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KU Reception at GFF

GFF was honored to host a reception for the visiting students, alumni and staff from The University of…


Alta Strand Construction Site Tour

Recently the Womble studio took a tour of the Alta Strand construction site in the Dallas Design District. This…

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Resilient Design

With the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities program, there is a newly acquired focus on Resilient Design.  While Resilient…


A Campus for the Future

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


Going Back to the 1st Grade

The first grade classes of Cottonwood Creek Elementary School are currently in the middle of a 2D and…

Hooked – Value Engineering

GFF Principals David Farrell and Scott Sower gave a great GFF University presentation on Value Engineering yesterday. In…


T-Rex goes to the museum.

Just down the street from GFF is a dinosaur-sized mural by Douglas Rouse (completed in 2010). As you…


The Backstory on the Perot

Can you believe the Perot Museum was a 16-year process?! Luckily for us, Duncan Fulton was around to…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Acres

We thought we would give you sneak peak of our poster for Larry‘s upcoming GFFU. Captured in their…