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The GFF Church Works Studio is a team of highly experienced professionals who focus exclusively on the planning and design of faith based facilities. We see our role in a project as facilitators that will assist the Church in realizing their vision for the project, not imposing ours on you.  Our goal is that the design solution for your project mirror the unique qualities, culture and circumstances that exist for your church, not a formula driven solution that has been applied haphazardly without any real thought or consideration for your real needs and limitations.

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Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month?

Historic Preservation Month - Church Works + Historic Preservation Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month?…
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Hear from our Designers – What’s new in Church Seating?

Furniture for church facilities has shifted in recent years.  Here are the trends we are excited about! 1 …
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Need a New Church Facility? Consider Purchasing an Existing Building

When a church has outgrown its existing property or is starting a new campus, one of the first…

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Stephen Pickard Elected to the AIA College of Fellows

Stephen is a Principal at GFF and has over 38 years of architectural design and management experience. The…
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New Year, New Space

The Merriam-Webster definition of renovate is “to restore to a former better state” or “to restore to life,…

Organizing Principles of Design – Evolution of a Growing Church Community

This Texas church was able to create a more attractive campus with GFF Architects to design a project…

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GFF Church Works: Under Construction

Many new GFF Church Works projects are under construction! Life Fellowship Church in McKinney held a groundbreaking ceremony…
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Church Design: SoupMobile Church Food Pantry Gets a Home

Missions-minded architects and contractors help design and build a new worship space and food pantry for the homeless…

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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…
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Next Generation Student Spaces

In recent years there has been a growing trend among churches to place extra emphasis on well-designed, impactful…

An Atrium of Light

Perhaps most important, this project put us on a path to dream even bigger about how our physical…
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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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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.

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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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Portrait of a GFFer: Bryana Cozart

Meet Bryana Cozart. Bryana was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Kansas State University…

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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”…

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VantagePoint Church Under Construction

GFF created a new building design for VantagePoint Church on approximately 10.4 acres located at 8500 Archibald Avenue…
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Retail Space Reimagined

When selecting a site for a new facility, churches are more frequently considering former retail locations as an…
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GFF Church Works Grand Openings

The GFF Church Works Studio is excited to share our most recently completed projects! First Baptist Church in…
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Reducing Building Operating Cost Through Good Design

Chase Oaks Church - Plano, Texas Churches face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with…
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GFF Church Works Recent Awards

The GFF Church Works Studio was recently awarded a “2019 Worship Facilities Solomon Award for Church Design – Youth…
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Church Works Summer Volunteer Projects

Members of the GFF Church Works studio recently led an architecture elective class at Wesley-Rankin Community Center as…
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Buckner Family Hope Center Beam Signing Ceremony

Construction is in full swing on the Buckner International’s new Family Hope Center in the Bachman Lake area.…

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St. Andrew UMC Campus Improvements

St. Andrew United Methodist Church, located in Plano, TX, contacted GFF in 2016 to develop a Master Plan…
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GFF Church Works Holiday Recipe Collection

GFF Churchworks Studio wishes everyone a safe and merry holiday season, and would like to share some of…
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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…

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Buckner Family Hope Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF was pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Buckner Family Hope Center…

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GFF’ers Advance in the Sukkah Project Competition

On August 4, the jury of the newly launched DFW design-build competition, The Sukkah Project, selected ten finalists…

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St. Andrew United Methodist Church Phase II Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF and team gathered on Sunday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano to celebrate Phase II’s…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Sandra Beer

Meet Sandra. Sandra was born in Missouri, but grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas.  As an undergraduate student, she…

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STEAM Career Week Spring Break

On March 11th members of the Church Works studio participated in the STEAM Career Week Spring Break at…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Mike Lehr

Meet Mike Lehr. Mike is a city boy from Baltimore, Maryland and a huge Orioles and Ravens fan. He…

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Woodcreek Church Children’s Building Grand Opening

Woodcreek Church, located in Richardson, Texas celebrated their open house and building dedication ceremony this past weekend, for…

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TCU Carr Chapel

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

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GFF’s Milestone Church Featured on Worship Facilities Magazine

GFF Church Works’ Milestone Church, located in Keller, Texas, was recently featured on the cover of the Worship…

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GFF Interiors’ Newest Member

GFF Interiors welcomes there newest GFF Family member, Jordan Elizabeth Bowers! Baby Jordan was born on September 5th…
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Jacquelyn Block Named Studio Director of GFF Church Works

GFF is pleased to announce that Associate Jacquelyn Block, AIA, has been promoted to Studio Director for the…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Susan Wright

Meet Susan Wright, a native Texan, who attended the School of Architecture at UTA. When she is not…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Morgan Harrison

Meet Morgan Harrison. She has been with GFF just under a year and is a Senior Project Coordinator in…

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Life Austin – Amphitheater – More Progress!!

Things are finally taking shape for the Life Austin amphitheater project in Austin, Texas. The C.O. has been…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jeremy Roehr

    Meet Jeremy Roehr. Jeremy has been with GFF for just under four years and is a Project…

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Life Austin Amphitheater – Progress!

Construction progress photos of Life Austin Amphitheater in Austin, Texas. The bowstring joists installed this week are over…

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IIDA Zero Landfill Event

Over the weekend Alix Bulleit and Marissa Flanagan helped with sorting samples for the IIDA Zero Landfill event.…

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November 2014 Featured Project: Milestone Church

On Easter 2013, Milestone Church celebrated its 10th Anniversary. From its humble beginnings in a high school cafeteria, Milestone…

Church Works Studio Gets a New Member – Emily Mendez

Emily is the new Interior Designer in our Church Works Studio.  She is so friendly and personable with…
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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,…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Lena Starostine (extended cut!)

Every so often we have one that breaks the mold. This week Lena is taking Portrait of a…
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GFF Church Works Studio Newsletter: Horner Family Museum

In 2012, Premier Designs President Tim Horner decided to honor his parents and company founders, Joan and Andy…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Jamie Bowers

This is Jamie’s debut on the GFF Office Blog but if you checked out our Pet Post you’ve…

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Portrait of a GFFer : Jacquelyn Block

Jacquelyn is always one of our favorite people to work with in the office so we thought we’d…

GFF Adds Dimension to Its Diverse Practice Portfolio

Good Fulton & Farrell (GFF) recently announced the addition of Stephen Pickard, AIA NCARB who joined the firm…