Jon Rollins, AIA

Princeton University / Harvard Graduate School of Design

Jon Rollins is a Principal with GFF, Inc

Mr. Rollins is a leader in GFF’s institutional 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 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.


The Impact of Classroom Technology on Student/Teacher Communication

Winston Churchill famously said, “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” This is especially true in schools and universities, where new technology in the classroom is reshaping our definition of what a learning space is and does, and fundamentally changing the nature of the interaction between teacher and student. Members of GFF’s education studio…
St. Mark's School of Texas Makerspace

Making the Most of Makerspace

St. Mark's School of Texas Makerspace Psychologists and educators from Jean Piaget to Howard Gardner to Maria Montessori have documented that some if not all of us learn best through hands-on activities. Research and anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly support the claim that students learn best when they engage with course material and participate actively in learning.…
Middle School Commons

Sticky Space: The Glue that Holds Your Academic Building Together

Up to 66% of learning for today’s college students takes place outside the classroom, according to a recent study from the University of Central Florida. “Sticky” spaces, places which attract students and encourage them to stay and collaborate and/or work individually, provide the venue for much of this learning. Recent GFF Education Blog posts have…

Lucas Christian Academy

Reducing Annual Operating Costs Through Good Design

Lucas Christian Academy Capital projects on school campuses face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with limited resources, but construction dollars represent only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life cycle of a new school building. While cost of construction is certainly an important consideration, long-term building owners and…
Hockday School - Science Center

Is a Flexible Classroom Right for You?

In last month’s post my colleague Jon Rollins discussed some of the considerations at the intersection of space planning, room utilization and building programming.  In this post, we will look at an individual learning space and a few simple, but often overlooked, steps to maximize its use.  The flexible classroom is often considered a space…

Classroom Fill Blog Post Graphic

Quality vs. Quantity in Campus Space Planning

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 amount of space that’s…