David Swaim, AIA

Associate Principal + Director of Construction Administration

The University of Texas at Arlington

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    David Swaim is an Associate Principal and the Director of Construction Administration with GFF.

    David Swaim has practiced architecture for 34 years and has solid experience with all types of projects and architectural services. David has managed various types of projects, ranging from retail to large corporate buildings and their tenant improvements. David manages residential and banking projects within the firm from ground up to finish out.

    David’s management on projects begins in the early schematic design and planning stages and continues through the completion of construction. He is recognized for working closely with typical project consultants and specialty consultants including audio visual, stained glass, specialty lighting, food service, medical lab equipment, bank equipment, security and church organs to coordinate each discipline involved.

    Highly respected by those that work with him, David has consistently taken responsibility both within the firm and on projects. David manages scheduling of office personnel on several projects. He is a Associate Principal and in 2020 was named GFF’s Director of Construction Administration. David is an active member of the Dallas AIA and Texas Society of Architects.

    David’s past civic involvement includes Nation Chief and Assistant Nation Chief for both the Princess and Guides Parent-Child programs at the YMCA of Arlington as well as the Martin High School baseball Booster Club.

    Our People

    Our firm is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning.

    Jim West

    Principal + Managing Director – Austin

    Evan Beattie

    Principal + Chief Executive Officer / Chairman

    Brian Kuper

    Design Principal

    Brian Moore

    Principal + Director of Planning

    Our Work

    Our designers are dedicated to Creating Memorable Places.


    Read the latest news about our work and learn more about our firm culture

    2nd Annual Portfolio Workshop

    GFF is hosting it's second annual FREE Portfolio Workshop to assist students in navigating the conceptual and practical aspects of portfolio design and assembly. The virtual workshop will take place on May 31, 2024 followed by an in-person workshop on June 7, 2024 in our Dallas office.

    Turning On A New Light

    We are excited to start 2024 with a new logo, inspired by our new headquarters in the heart of the vibrant Victory Park neighborhood of Dallas. This transition is more than just a change of logo and address; it is an improved reflection of who we are and where we want to go as an industry-leading, design-focused firm.

    Designing Spaces that Reflect Our Clients’ Mission

    In honor of Historic Preservation Month, GFF will be a Bronze Sponsor for the 2023 Preservation Dallas Preservation Achievement Awards on May 17th, 2023.

    Life Fellowship Church Unveils Newly Transformed Campus

    GFF developed a new comprehensive campus master plan for Life Fellowship Church (LFC) located in McKinney, Texas, which includes renovation and expansion of their current campus to include a 1,200-seat future worship center, a weekday preschool, additional adult classrooms, and an administrative suite on a very compact site.


    Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.


    GFF carefully considers the resources of our clients and our planet to create healthier, higher performing environments.

    We Are Hiring!

    We offer a dynamic and stimulating work environment, competitive salary/benefits and advancement potential at all levels for Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Planners and our Operations Team.


    Our staff of 140 offers architecture, interior design, planning and landscape architecture throughout the US

    New Project Opportunities

    Please contact us if you are a prospective client with a new project opportunity that you would like to discuss with out experts.