Jon Rollins, AIA, NCARB

Principal
Princeton University / Harvard Graduate School of Design

Jon Rollins is a Principal with GFF, Inc

Mr. Rollins is a leader in GFF’s 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. A frequent conference presenter and contributor to professional journals, his recent speaking experience includes 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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Adaptive Reuse in an Environmentally Conscious Work Environment

Most people in the real estate industry have heard about Adaptive Reuse and it is important to remember the potential value it can bring to the table, particularly for the workplace. Unlike their counterparts on the east and west coasts, developers in Texas are typically not challenged to find available land for ground-up construction. However,…
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GFF, Fair Park, and The State Fair of Texas: A Thirty-Year Relationship

We are excited about the opening of this year’s State Fair of Texas and proud of GFF’s role in the preservation and ongoing revitalization of Fair Park. Centennial Architect George Dahl and his staff created a Beaux Arts campus of “Texanic” Art Deco buildings for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exhibition, and that campus is now a unique cultural resource and one of Dallas’ few National Register Historic Districts.

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Meet GFF’s Historic Preservation Team: Morgan Harrison

Meet Morgan Harrison, an enthusiastic advocate of local preservation. An enthusiastic advocate of local preservation, Morgan has been a member of the Preservation Dallas Board of Trustees since 2019.  This June she was appointed as Vice President of Preservation Issues for Preservation Dallas, where she will help lead advocacy efforts for the organization.  Morgan has also served…
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St. Andrew United Methodist Church – Hasley Chapel

In 2015, GFF developed a 30-year master plan for the future of St. Andrew’s 21-acre campus in Plano, Texas. A stand-alone chapel was planned to be nestled in the northwest corner of their property. After a Sanctuary renovation and Children’s, Students’, and Missions additions were completed, in 2020 St. Andrew turned their attention to the…
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Construction at SMU’s Cox School of Business is Underway

Our work at Cox began with a detailed benchmarking, programming and feasibility study on improvements to the burgeoning School of Business. Fincher Hall (1953,) Crow and Maguire Halls (both 1985) today provide a total of 165,000 square feet, but the facility had not been comprehensively updated since Crow and Maguire were constructed. From the outset,…
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Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month?

Historic Preservation Month - Church Works + Historic Preservation Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month? In honor of Historic Preservation Month, we would like to highlight some of the historic church projects we have worked on. First United Methodist Church Dallas Originally constructed in 1924, First United Methodist Church Dallas is an…