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Portrait of a GFFer: Taylor Hanttula

Meet Taylor Hanttula. Taylor is a Frisco native and graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master of Architecture. She joined the Kanaga studio in January of 2019. Read below for more about Taylor! My one true love is my parents’ dog, Scarlett! She has easily become the favorite child. I just took a DNA…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jordan Coslett

Meet Jordan Coslett. Jordan joined them GFF Austin team after graduating from the University of Kansas with a Master of Architecture and Minor in Business. Read below for more about Jordan! My parents never got a dog until I moved away for college. Not fair! If you think Kansas is flat, try walking to class…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Colleen Christian Goff

Meet Colleen Christian Goff. Colleen attended Harding University and lived in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Texas last year. She is a Team Member in the Interiors Studio. Read below for more about Colleen! My family moved to Japan when I began high school, so I finished school there and now visit as much as…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Perry Weber

Meet Perry Weber. Perry is a Chicago native and graduate from the University of Kansas. He joined GFF in 2018 and is in the Womble Studio. Read below for more about Perry!   As a kid I was known for having weird accidents. Ask me about the time I got magnets stuck up my nose.…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Dean Hageman

Meet Dean Hageman. Dean is an Associate in the Austin office, but started his career at GFF in the Dallas office in 2013. Read below for more about Dean! I am originally from Wisconsin. One of my favorite hobbies is playing golf. I am an avid sports fan. I graduated from Oklahoma State University. I…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Maxine Kraft

Meet Maxine Kraft. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Maxine joined the Austin office in its first year after interning for GFF Dallas. Maxine was born in Germany and grew up in Fort Worth, but is a typical Austinite in her love for food, music, the outdoors, dogs, increasing housing costs, and…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Zach McLain

Meet Zach McLain. Zach received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!) and joined the GFF Austin team as a Team Member in June 2018. Read below for more about Zach! When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer because I thought lying and arguing with people was fun.…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Michael Keller

Meet Michael Keller. Michael grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Although he is a certified Ragin Cajun, he moved to Houston where he worked and lived for 20 years. After the Great Recession, he moved to Brazil to start a modular housing company which never took off. Michael…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Anna Eliese Scott

Meet Anna Eliese Scott. Anna Eliese is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the GFF Landscape Studio in 2018. She is well suited for landscape architecture because she has quite the green thumb! She loves plants and is the designated plant expert for friends and family. She has a wide range of interests…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Scott Williams

Meet Scott Williams. Scott received his Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University (Cyclones, not Hawkeyes). He is a recent Fort Worth transplant and joined GFF’s Fort Worth Office. Read below for more about Scott! Couch forts are a legitimate design exercise for kids and adults alike as far as I am concerned. I’ve been…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Chelsea Byrd

Meet Chelsea Byrd. Chelsea joined the GFF Interiors team in November of 2018 as a Senior Interiors Coordinator and is a graduate of UNT. Read below for more about Chelsea! I grew up camping. Every Thanksgiving was spent around a fire, not a dinner table I have wanted to be a designer since I was…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Drake Johnson

Meet Drake Johnson. Drake is an Oklahoma native, where he received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University. Drake has worked across the country in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio; and has made his way to Dallas. Read below for more about Drake! Even though I am an aspiring landscape architect,…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Priscilla Almendariz

Meet Priscilla. Priscilla was born and raised in Dallas and just recently moved back from New York where she recieved her Master of Architecture from Syracuse University. She is currently a team member in the Planning Studio at GFF. Read below for more about Priscilla! I have been in school for architecture for twelve years. Four…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Cesar Celis

Meet Cesar Celis. Cesar received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. Cesar recently moved to Dallas from San Diego, California and joined GFF’s Landscape Studio. Read below for more about Cesar! I grew up by the beach. Although I never learned how to surf, I do enjoy swimming…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Harrison Daigle

Meet Harrison Daigle. Harrison received his Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University. Harrison recently moved to Dallas from Nashville, Tennessee and joined GFF’s Church Works Studio. Read below for more about Harrison! Originally from Johnson City (of Wagon Wheel fame), I moved to Franklin, TN before starting first grade. Exploring some familial Cajun roots,…

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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 attended Kansas State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture.  She then went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a Master of Architecture.  Having worked previously at GFF after…

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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 received his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia and has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 18 years. They have a 16 year old daughter, Madison, and an 8 year old son, Dylan. Mike…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Josh Frederick

  Meet Josh Frederick. Josh was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, where he later attended the University of Kansas. Josh moved to Dallas immediately after graduating and began his career at GFF in 2013. Read below for more about Josh! I lived in Paris for a month during study abroad, and managed to ride…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Rachel Paver

Meet Rachel Paver. Rachel is a native Texan that grew up in Houston. Being a big Astros fan, she was extremely excited to see them win the world series this year. Her and her boyfriend have lived in Dallas for a little over 2 years now and have loved their time in the Big D.…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Christa Michaels

Meet Christa. Christa is a Wisconsin native who moved to South Carolina to attend Clemson University (Go Tigers!), where she received a Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture. Christa joined the GFF Landscape team in February of 2017. Read below for more about Christa! 1)  I will be forever loyal to the Green Bay Packers. 2)  My study…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Amanda Kalescky

Meet Amanda. Amanda is a Dallas native that attended Texas Tech University to receive her undergraduate degrees and the University of Texas at Arlington for her master’s. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Rob, for seven years and together they have a three year old daughter, Eleanor and a five year old…

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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…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Sydney the Womble Studio Wombat

Meet Sydney, the mascot/newest member of the Womble Studio! She came to GFF this year all the way from Australia where she was born and raised. After studying Burrow Construction Sciences at the University of Melbourne, she decided to pursue her love of the built environment to above the ground and head over to America,…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Melanie Kumar

Meet Melanie Kumar. Born in New York and raised in Daytona Beach, FL, Melanie went to The University of Florida and got a job for a nationwide Single & Multifamily Home Builder in Tampa, FL after graduation. After being relocated to the office in Coppell, Texas, she realized she wanted to expand her portfolio and begin…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Alex Martin

Meet Alex Martin. A Dayton, Ohio native and Ohio State University graduate, Alex joined the GFF team in 2015. Before joining us here at GFF, Alex owned a landscape construction and maintenance firm that lead him to his passion for landscape architecture. Alex is currently a Team Member in the Planning Studio. See below for more…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jonathan Creel

Meet Jonathan Creel. Jonathan hails from Odessa, Texas and went to Texas Tech University where he received his architecture credentials.  After completing college, he and his now wife made the trek to the big D to try and place a stake at success.  Well, here they are. Read below for more about Jonathan! My favorite…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Idaliza Camacho

Meet Idaliza Camacho. She relocated to Dallas from Puerto Rico to work at GFF as a Senior Project Coordinator and member of Sower Studio. She completed a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture Degree, both at the University of Puerto Rico. See below for more about Idaliza! I was born in the Dominican Republic, where…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Ashley Hall

Meet Ashley Hall. Ashley was born in Connecticut, but is a North Carolina native (Panther Nation!). She received her Bachelor of Interior Design from LSU and she bleeds purple and gold. GEAUX TIGERS. Buga Nation! See below for more fun facts about Ashley! Favorite Color: Green. Food/Drinks I can’t live without: Iced Coffee, Zoe’s Kitchen,…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Russell Hagg

Meet Russell, a third generation Dallasite, whose passion outside of architecture is adult education and teaching adults to read. He joined the Interiors Team in 2009 and is an Associate Principal here at GFF. Read below for more about Russell! Hobby:  Painting.  I donate most of my paintings to charity events for fundraising. Travel:  My…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Gavin Newman

Meet Gavin Newman, born in Dallas and raised in Mesquite, Texas. After completing Tulane Universities Master’s program, he eagerly returned to Dallas. Read below for more information about Gavin!   Favorite food: Thai curries. I wasn’t interested in any of my school’s study abroad programs so I went to work abroad with a research studio after my junior…

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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 in the office, you can find Susan indulging in her favorite culinary treats: sushi, anything dark chocolate, but most importantly, guacamole. Read below for more fun facts about Susan!   Born and Raised Texan: born in Oak…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Chad Kyzar

Meet Chad, a graduate of UTA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Architecture. He later received his MBA from the University of Kansas-RCJH. Read more about Chad below! I was born in Mississippi. I have lived in Virginia, DC, Kansas, and of course Fort Worth, Texas My wife, Kathleen, and I have…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Ross Charba

Meet Ross Charba. He was born and raised in the small town of Portland, Texas, just north of Corpus Christi. Ross attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design. He then went on to get his Masters of Architecture at the University of Houston. Some of his goals are seeing…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Taylor Tillman

Meet Taylor Tillman. Taylor was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and went on to attend Mississippi State University. She first came to GFF as an intern and is now a member of the Interiors Studio. Read more of her fun facts below! My first time to visit Dallas was for my interview at GFF back in…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Adam Fenner

Meet Adam Fenner. Adam was born in Dallas and raised in Richardson, Texas. He has been with GFF for 3 years and is a member of Scott Sower’s studio. Adam and his wife Lindsay have three children, Dylan (5), Graham (4), and Tessa (1). Read more about Adam below! I married my high school sweetheart. …

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Portrait of a GFFer: Mariah Trevizo

Meet Mariah Trevizo. She attended the University of Kansas where she completed the 5-year Master’s program in Architecture and is now a Team Member in Lawrence Cosby’s studio. When she is not in the office you can find her baking birthday cakes or other tasty treats! Born and raised in Kansas City, MO and didn’t live…

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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 the Church Studio. Morgan did her undergrad at Denison University, then went on to get her MFA at SCAD and a Masters of Architecture at Texas A&M. Read more about Morgan below! I’m an only child, but…

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Portrait of a GFF Principal: Brian Kuper

Meet Brian Kuper. Brian has been with GFF for 23 years and is a Principal and Design Director. When he’s not working you can find him spending time with family, building things or playing shows with his awesome band! Read more about Mr. Kuper below: GFF – 23 years – Employee number 065. Wanted to be…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Grant Wickard

Meet Grant Wickard. Grant has been with GFF since 2003 with only 18 current employees starting before that time. He went to Baylor for undergrad and studied Architecture as a cooperative program with Wash U in St. Louis. He later finished graduate school at UTA. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jennifer Workman

Meet Jennifer Workman. Jennifer has been with GFF for over 10 years and is a member of Tammy Chambless’ studio. When Jennifer isn’t working you can most likely find her gardening different vegetables, she says her secret is Olla Pot, or at one of her many volunteer gigs: Girl Scouts as a STEM mentor and Cookie…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jason Hoyt

Meet Jason Hoyt. This Texas Tech grad is a Project Coordinator in Tammy Chambless’ studio. Jason has been with GFF for just under 2 years and when he’s not working you can find him working on house renovations with his fiancé Erica or playing with their cute pup, Stella. Read more about Jason below! (How…

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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 Leader in Stephen Pickard’s Church studio. He was recently licensed and is now enjoying his new found free time running Katy Trail and learning to cook without a microwave. If you are thinking “Hey! He looks like…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Chris Andersen

Meet Associate Principal and member of Lawrence Cosby’s studio, Chris Andersen. Chris has been with GFF for 18 years! When he’s not traveling to his favorite city of Rome or country of Japan, you can find him at his favorite Dallas spot – White Rock Lake. This guy is full of interesting facts. I first…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jim West

Meet Jim West, an associate principal and a member of Maria Gomez’s studio. Jim joined GFF in 2011 and is a multi-family guru! When Jim is not taking bike tours through Provence in the south of France or Andalucía, Spain, he is renovating his 1950’s home where he lives with his dog Brody. I’m the…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Jillian Brooks

Portrait of a GFFer is back and this week we are featuring Jillian Brooks. Jillian is a member of Lawrence Cosby’s studio and has been with GFF for nearly three years. A former Disneyland Micky Mouse, this intern architect is passionate about Habitat for Humanity and helping animals in need. She has no shortage of…

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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 GFFer to a whole new level. She gave us 20 amazing facts and photos and we simply couldn't cut any of them out. Each fact has it's own photo and each photo is telling us a great…
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Portrait of a GFFer: Mark Bowles

  Meet GFF’s Landscape Architect Mark Bowles. Mark is a member of GFF Planning and is likely one of the nicest/friendliest people you will run into in or out of the office. From Mississippi to Dallas to San Antonio and back to Dallas, we are happy Mark landed at GFF. After reading his 10 fun…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Ryan Wilson

Ryan joined GFF nearly one year ago and is a member of GFF Planning. In reading Ryan’s fun facts, it is clear that he stays busy both both inside and outside the office! If you’ve never heard of a quadcopter, ask this hard working guy. From Frank Gehry to 1966 Mustangs, mountain climbing to baking…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Taylor Catalano

F un=Taylor, Taylor=Fun! This week’s Portrait of a GFFer is Taylor Catalano. She’s a cheerleader for GFF, loves her friends like family and is the Queen of Social Media! Her photos feature one of the two loves of her life: her hubby, Jared. You can find Deanie (the cat) on our Pet Blog Post. Read…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Blake Thames

Who would ever have imagined Blake with the shaggy-hair look? Blake is a member of Lawrence Cosby’s studio and if you are ever looking for him…you will find him where he should be…at his desk. He’s extremely friendly, very talented and ALWAYS willing to help out a neighbor (with his vast Photoshop skills). Read more…

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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 already met her two gorgeous dogs, Quinn and Suzu. Jamie is a member of GFF Interiors and works on projects such as Park Place and The Hockaday School. Read more about this Texas Christian University (TCU) graduate…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Tyler Cini

Meet and greet, Tyler. Tyler LOVES sports and is the name and face behind our now-famous “Arch Madness.” It’s only fitting that he’s featured this month, with a photo of the GFF basketball team, might I add. 1. I am Texan through and through, but don’t like country music, Dr. Pepper, beans, or wearing cowboy…

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Portrait of a GFFer : Sara Good

We think Sara Good is Awesome with a capital A. If you spell her name with capital A's, it looks like this --> sArA -- That's not important, but these ten facts about Sara are: 1)      I am the middle child and I tend to fall under every stereotype that goes with this, even though…
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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 ask her to share a few rare facts about herself. We are not surprised that she is adventurous, but now we want to know even more! I love going on adventurous trips. My three favorite trips so…

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Portrait of a GFFer: Andrew Adkison

Andrew is back! Wondering why his name and face sound and look so familiar? It is because he was recently touted as one of GFF's newest Associates.  There is a lot more to this guy than creative genius and knowing his way around a Sketchup file. Read on... Father of 4 Husband of 1 forever…
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