Portrait of a GFFer: Jared White

Meet Jared White. Jared is originally from a small town in Texas near the Gulf of Mexico called Nederland and his Grandmother taught him to fish before he could walk. He moved to North Texas at the age of 6 and studied Architecture at The University of Texas in Arlington. Jared has 5 siblings and 9 nieces/nephews to keep track of. He spends his weekends building experimental structures in his backyard, supporting the arts and spending as much time as he can outdoors with his dogs. Read below for more about Jared!

  1. I’m the proud parent of my 15-year-old Chow mix, Roxy, whom I adopted when she was 3 years old. It was love at first sight. I also “share custody” with Uma, another mutt and my second adopted 4-legged daughter.
  2. I am a former Co-director of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, a pro-bono group of designers from all over the world, active from 1999-2015.
  3. As a certified member of the North Texas Master Naturalists, sponsored by The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, I serve as a volunteer while also fulfilling my love of being in nature.
  4. I spent over a month in Europe on an architectural pilgrimage, traveling to 7 different countries by rail and recording my journey along the way.
  5. I have a sense of adventure and love for the outdoors. I’ve had a few close calls, such as nearly drowning in Class V rapids in Colorado, breaking multiple ribs while mountain biking and a parachute malfunction; But I still haven’t learned my lesson.
  6. While serving Architecture for Humanity, I had the opportunity to run a workshop at the Perot Museum, lead construction teams for Hearts and Hammers, and activate neighborhoods in community engaging charrettes.
  7. I have had a consistent yoga practice for the past 8 years, which I initially started because of back pain from hunching over a drafting table for many years. Now, I can’t get enough of it and enjoy all the benefits, which extend far beyond the physical perks.
  8. Being born near the Gulf of Mexico, I have always been obsessed with water. I served as a lifeguard for several summers during college, I have participated in mile long swims, and I absolutely love to fish.
  9. I camped for three months in northern Arizona, after falling in love with the region while studying the architecture and culture of the Anasazi. Being a broke college student at the time, I mostly explored, read, and worked random day labor jobs with the natives.
  10. I love to make things, I’ve had several sculptural art pieces displayed in galleries, and I’ve built multiple temporary structures for annual Team Better Block and Parking Day events.