Portrait of a GFFer: Sarah Hamzeh

Meet Sarah. Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s in Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While Sarah’s first passion is architecture (her dad also studied architecture at UTA), her second is dogs. She adopted an adventure dog and has been tasked with trying to convince Lonnie to let the Fort Worth office have their own office dog. Read below for more about Sarah!

  1. Grew up moving around a lot; most notably, spent 5 years of my childhood in Abu Dhabi, UAE where my parents currently live.
  2. When I was in high school, I joined a club’s competition for a free trip to Houston.  Since I was the last person to sign up, I took whatever was left which happened to be computer programming – something of which I know nothing about.  Turns out, no one in the state of Texas had signed up for it and I won a free trip to Nationals in Colorado.
  3. My dad also went to UTA and studied architecture there in the late 70s.  We shared some of the same professors despite the fact that I graduated roughly 30 years after he did.
  4. Fresh off a design-build program I participated in at UTA, my friends and I started a short-lived after school program teaching 3-5 graders about architecture and even built them an outdoor classroom in West Dallas.
  5. Lived in a closet at a friend’s house for 3 months after grad school while trying to figure out if I was staying in Chicago or coming home to Texas.  Thankfully, I left right before a blizzard hit that lasted several months – I am not a fan of winter or snow.
  6. Adopted an adventure dog from a shelter as soon as I moved back to Texas after grad school.  He’s way more popular than I am and have had strangers refer to me as ‘Scout’s Mom’ more than I’d like to admit.
  7. Somehow I am as cool as a cucumber when it comes to heights and jumping off things but I cannot handle cramped spaces.
  8. Enjoy baking and find it to be a stress reliever.  I also like to make jam but I find that process to be more stress-inducing so I only do it once a year.
  9. Visited the Grand Canyon for the first time for my 30th birthday.
  10. Trying (and failing) to convince Lonnie to let us have an office dog.