Jon Rollins, AIA

Principal
Princeton University / Harvard Graduate School of Design

Jon Rollins is a Principal with GFF, Inc

Mr. Rollins is a leader in the institutional segment of the practice, focusing on university projects, independent schools and communities of faith, with an additional emphasis on historic preservation and adaptive reuse. He combines a detailed and creative approach to solving complex programming and design problems with expertise in building technology and the construction process.

Jon served two terms on the Board of Trustees for Preservation Dallas and is a frequent contributor to Texas Architect magazine, and has given invited presentations on topics including historic preservation, sacred space and synagogue architecture, and design of innovative learning spaces. Mr. Rollins holds an AB from Princeton University, and a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has been a design instructor at the Boston Architectural Center, and a design critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard GSD.

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Quality vs. Quantity in Campus Space Planning

written by Jon Rollins One of the most common client comments we hear in our campus planning practice is “there’s not enough space for ___”. While there may be legitimate deficits in certain types of campus space (more on that later), what we frequently discover though interviews and analysis is that it is not the…

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St. Mark’s School of Texas Winn Science Center Dedication Ceremony

written by Jon Rollins St. Mark’s School of Texas celebrates the dedication of the new 56,000 square foot Winn Science Center. The new building provides a Maker Lab and Shop, Digital Technology Lab, Robotics Lab and Greenhouse along with labs for Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Environmental Science. The Science Center also includes a 250-seat auditorium…

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GFF Church Works Holiday Recipe Collection

GFF Churchworks Studio wishes everyone a safe and merry holiday season, and would like to share some of our favorite recipes to be enjoyed with friends and family. Pumpkin Bread Stephen Pickard Fudge Susan Wright Pecan Divinity Aaron Steward Oatmeal Raisin / Chocolate Chip Cookies Crystal Gore Sweet Potato Casserole Jacquelyn Block Turkey Brine Jamie…
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Robert Carr Chapel at TCU Receives a Preservation Project Award

written by Jon Rollins On September 13, 2018, the Board of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. presented a Preservation Project Award to GFF for  the renovation of the Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University. The design team was charged with three primary goals:  increased usability and flexibility, improved accessibility, and updated aesthetics. The chancel platform…

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‘On My Own Time’ Gallery 2018

This summer, GFF held our seventh annual 'On My Own Time' gallery at the Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum, where we showcased various types of artwork created by our employees. The North Texas Business Council for the Arts’ (NTBCA) On My Own Time program is an annual, regional competition showcasing individual talents of corporations’ employees outside of the…
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GFF’ers Advance in the Sukkah Project Competition

On August 4, the jury of the newly launched DFW design-build competition, The Sukkah Project, selected ten finalists whose entries will be built as the second stage of the competition. Two of those finalists were Blake Thames, GFF Project Leader, and Jonathan Rollins, GFF Principal. All in all, twenty-eight designs were submitted by architects, artists…