Donald R. Kubala, AIA

Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

Texas A&M University

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    A black and white portrait of Donald R. Kubala, an Associate Principal and Senior Project Leader with GFF in the Faith & Community Studio, in front of a white background.
    Donald R. Kubala is an Associate Principal and Senior Project Leader with GFF in the Faith & Community Studio.

    Donald R. Kubala is an Associate Principal and Senior Project Leader with GFF in the Church Works Studio. became a registered architect in 1986 and his extensive experience includes retail, office, and most especially, educational and religious projects. He is well-versed in working with churches and educational institutions, which have unique needs and often modest construction budgets. With these clients, he developed close working relationships, which resulted in satisfying solutions to both constraints.

    Don earned a Master of Architecture degree from Texas A & M University in 1982 and, shortly thereafter, he joined GFF where he quickly assumed the responsibilities of Project Architect. In 1998, he was named an Associate Principal.

    Don was honored for his service to the profession with the Texas Society of Architects’ William W. Caudill Award for Young Professional Achievement in 1996 and with the Dallas Chapter/AIA’s Young Architect of the Year Award in 1991. A longtime community volunteer, taught literacy and mentored at-risk Hispanic students at Trinity River Mission in West Dallas for 25 years. Don also serves as a Lector at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

    Our People

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

    Sandra Beer

    Senior Project Leader

    Mike Lehr

    Associate + Studio Director

    Emily Mendez

    Associate + Director of Sustainability / Interior Design Leader

    Jacquelyn Block

    Principal + Director of Faith & Community Practice

    Our Work

    Our designers are dedicated to Creating Memorable Places.


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    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.

    Protecting Our Feathered Friends

    As cities grow and buildings become taller, the need to protect the earth's bird population is becoming more urgent. Thankfully, there are solutions to mitigate the problem, including guidelines for bird friendly glazing selections and building design features.


    Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.

    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.

    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.


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


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