Emily Mendez, Associate AIA, RID, LEED AP

Associate / Interior Design Leader / Director of Sustainability
Texas Tech University

Emily Mendez is an Associate, Interior Design Leader and the Director of Sustainability with GFF, Inc

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Emily has over 10 years of experience in interior design on projects ranging from 1,000 square feet to over 100,000 square feet. She is an Interior Design Leader in GFF’s Church Works studio, where she develops interior finish palettes, furniture and lighting selections, as well as space plans and construction documents. As a member of the Church Works team, Emily’s focus is on both worship and educational facilities, but she also has previous experience in corporate and residential interiors.

Emily has been a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas since 2008.  She is also a LEED Accredited Professional, and previously served on the IIDA Dallas/Fort Worth City Center Council as Programs Chair. Emily currently volunteers for AIA Dallas and for the Children’s Department of her church – Park Cities Baptist.


Can We Go Beyond Sustainability?

“So deep is the environmental crisis; so urgent is the demand for change, that architecture must become not only a profession … but a form of public service.” First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, addressing the 1968 AIA convention. The words above still ring true and speak to the impact our design decisions have on…
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New Year, New Space

The Merriam-Webster definition of renovate is “to restore to a former better state” or “to restore to life, vigor, or activity”. A high-quality renovation can breathe new life into your building. A fresh look can create a welcoming atmosphere and a renewed sense of community that can encourage congregants to return and attract new members.…
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GFF Women’s History Month

GFF’s culture of creating memorable places is driven by the talent and hard work of our entire staff.  This month, we’re sending a special shout-out to the women of GFF who continually serve our clients and community through their varied roles and disciplines.    "I joined GFF in 1997 as a temporary receptionist and over…
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Should We Be Specifying Antimicrobials?

Research has shown that while antimicrobials do have some positive attributes, such as their ability to be used as a preservative in building materials, their presence in the built environment may create more harm than good. These days, the emergence of COVID-19 has made this question a more immediate concern. As states and local municipalities…
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Emily Mendez’s Home Office and Classroom Space

written by Emily Mendez The process of working from home has been generally smooth.  A few “user error” moments on my end but nothing too bad! GFF’s IT team has been very helpful and patient along the way.  The complicated part is figuring out how to teach and parent a small child from home while…