Evan Beattie, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Principal / Chairman / Chief Executive Officer
University of Texas at Austin

Evan Beattie is a Senior Principal and the Chairman / Chief Executive Officer with GFF, Inc

Evan joined GFF as an architect in 2005 and was named Chairman and CEO in 2020. He has over 18 years of experience in architecture and planning, and was named one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013 as well as one of the “Top 20 Under 40 in Architecture, Engineering and Construction” by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2011. His experience includes managing complex residential, retail, and mixed-use projects through design and construction phases, as well as planning for large-scale placemaking projects with retail, restaurant, office and institutional components. Evan takes a collaborative approach to design with an emphasis on meeting project goals and exceeding client expectations. He has a strong interest in sustainable design, density, smart growth, and New Urbanist principles, and is a frequent speaker on these topics at ULI, AIA, TREC and other design and commercial real estate related events. Evan’s high level of community engagement allows him to contribute meaningfully to zoning change efforts in the Dallas area, where land use regulations are often not aligned with best practices in walkable urban design and quality placemaking.

Evan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, including extended studies in Western Europe and Central Mexico. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Real Estate Council (TREC) and Chaired the 2017 Associate Leadership Council (ALC) leadership development program. He serves on the Board of Governors for Downtown Dallas, Inc., as Secretary for the City of Dallas North Oak Cliff Municipal Management District Board and as Chair of the City of Dallas Downtown Connection TIF Reinvestment Zone 11, and is a member of the RZ 5 TIF board. Additionally, Evan is involved with the North Texas Chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He was the founding member and is a former President of the Henderson Neighborhood Association.

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Jam With GFF

From time to time, we like to share the music we listen to with our coworkers. New albums and new artists are currency for conversations about creative accomplishment and serve as the mood-shifting push that we need to find our own ideas. Temporarily locked in doors due to COVID-19, we find ourselves listening to music more than we’re used to during a workday. Kitchen tables and home offices have become our new workstations and music is providing the right environmental mask to transform our homes into proper work spaces.

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Creating Memorable (Shelter-In-)Places

Since transitioning to a fully remote workforce on March 24, GFF has remained committed to providing the high creativity and productivity levels that our clients and consultants rely on. We are proud of the dedication that our GFF team has shown during these challenging times and we couldn’t have done it without each and every employee’s commitment and cooperation. GFF continues to Create Memorable Places from our home work spaces and for that, we are incredibly grateful to our IT team.

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Footprints & New Paths

Effective January 2020, GFF co-founder Duncan T. Fulton, FAIA, LEED AP will step down as Chairman/CEO, and will be retiring from the firm entirely in March, with the time in between spent helping ensure a smooth transition on projects for which he is responsible. Evan Beattie, AIA, LEED AP will assume the role of Chairman/CEO.

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Buckner Family Hope Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF was pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake on September 27th with Buckner International and the rest of the project design and construction team. “It was an inspiring event to say the least. We are all very excited to see construction start,…

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GFF Leadership Transition

Effective May 21, 2018 new leadership will take the helm at award-winning multidisciplinary design firm GFF. As part of a long-term transition plan which began in the early 2000s, GFF co-founder Duncan T. Fulton, FAIA, LEED AP will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Evan Beattie, AIA, LEED AP will be named…

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Happy New Year from GFF

GFF celebrated their 35th anniversary and annual Holiday Party at Factory Six03. The newly renovated West End Building was designed by GFF’s own Chris Andersen, Jillian Brooks, Reagan Compton, Larry Good and Traci Webster. Being able to celebrate these milestones at a building close to our hearts made the evening all the more special! Happy…