Emily Mendez, Associate AIA, RID, LEED AP

Associate + Interior Design Leader / Director of Sustainability

Texas Tech University

Don’t hesitate to reach out! I can answer questions about our work or talk with you about your vision for a new project.

    A black and white portrait of Emily Mendez, an Associate, the Director of Sustainability, and an Interior Design Leader with GFF in the Faith & Community Studio, in front of a white background.
    Emily Mendez is an Associate, the Director of Sustainability, and an Interior Design Leader with GFF in the Faith & Community Studio.

    Emily Mendez is the Director of Sustainability for GFF, where she leads our internal committee comprised of sustainability representatives across all market sectors. Emily is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with experience in institutional, faith-based, corporate, and residential design. She is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas, a LEED AP, and a Fitwel Ambassador. She is also an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the 2022 Chair of the AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment.

    Emily’s work on sustainability in the built environment began with a simple desire to better understand the materials she selects for interiors projects. She then dove deeper into how all building design decisions affect people and the planet – particularly decisions that impact carbon emissions. Her current efforts center around education: providing awareness and advocacy on a variety of sustainability-related issues and opportunities both to our staff and our clients.

    Emily is the co-author of GFF’s Black & Gold List, which is a GFF initiative to source exterior and interior materials that promote environmental and human health throughout the life of a project – from initial manufacturing to end of life cycle. GFF encourages the selection of materials that are responsibly sourced, low in harmful chemical content, and contribute to reduced carbon emissions.

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

    David Boone

    Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

    Beth Schmidt

    Senior Design Leader

    Alix Rios

    Associate Principal + Studio Director

    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.


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    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.

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