Jim West, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Principal / Managing Director
University of Kansas

Jim West is a Principal and the Managing Director of GFF Austin with GFF, Inc

Mr. West is a 1996 graduate of The University of Kansas where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. A trained pastry chef, he joined GFF in September 2011, become an Associate Principal in 2014, a Studio Director in 2015, Managing Director of the Austin Office in 2018 and was named a Principal in 2019. Jim is active in ULI Austin and The Real Estate Council of Austin. A former Principal at RTKL, Jim is a Project Manager with 23 years of experience in mixed-use and multi-family housing. His portfolio also includes retail, healthcare, hospitality, master planning and senior housing project types. His experience includes project management through all phases of planning, design, production, construction, and administration including the coordination of multiple consultant teams. He has vast knowledge on the Fair Housing Act Design Guidelines, The American’s with Disabilities Act Design Guidelines and the Texas Accessibility Standards, and has a broad depth of knowledge of building codes and building systems. Additionally, he is highly proficient in Revit and AutoCAD. Outside of his project and Studio Director duties, Jim leads the recruiting efforts to bring the best talent to the firm.

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Post-Pandemic Housing

Being mindful of potential cost and spatial implications, these ideas outline and suggest realistic measures which may be taken to, logically but resourcefully, re-shape multifamily communities.

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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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GFF Halloween 2019

GFF celebrated Halloween with our annual pumpkin painting and costume contest! Shout out to this year’s winners: Costumes: 1. Addam’s Family 2. 101 Dalmations 3. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pumpkins: 1. The Fox 2. Spa Day 3. Spooky Landscape

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GFF Austin Celebrates One Year Anniversary

GFF is celebrating our one-year anniversary in Austin with a growing team and an impressive mix of design work on the boards and in construction. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients, consultants and collaborators for their support over the course of the last year. The GFF Austin team has quickly…

Jim West is a Principal and the Managing Director of GFF Austin with GFF, Inc

GFF Announces 2019 Promotions

GFF is excited to begin 2019 with the announcement and acknowledgement of our recent promotions. The group consists of 12 of the firm’s talented and dedicated architects, interior designers and landscape architects. Jim West, AIA, LEED AP was named Principal. Kent Pontious, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was named Studio Director. Jim West joined GFF in…