Lance Abaya

Associate + Senior Design Leader

The University of Texas at Arlington

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    A black and white portrait of Lance Abaya, an Associate and Senior Design Leader with GFF in the Retail Studio, in front of a white background.
    Lance Abaya is an Associate and Senior Design Leader with GFF in the Retail Studio.

    Lance Abaya received his Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012, and his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arlington School of Architecture in 2010. Lance joined GFF in 2010 and is a part of the Retail Studio as a Senior Design Leader. He actively engages with clients, consultants and the community to create the environments that individuals interact with on a daily basis. GFF has been fostering Lance’s development as a skilled designer and continues to nurture his interest in exercising innovative ways to explore and produce architecture and placemaking for the retail environment and beyond.

    Lance focuses to refine a craft and build a strong repertoire of both analog and digital toolsets, often finding compelling solutions of order and space within mixed media. His particular skill in parametric modeling, photorealistic rendering and digital fabrication methodologies is often utilized to explore contemporary design ideas of texture, effect, tectonics and optimization of material and construction techniques.

    Our People

    Our firm is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning.

    Maria Gomez

    Principal + Studio Director

    Aaron Hunt

    Associate Principal + Managing Director – Fort Worth

    Brian Kuper

    Design Principal

    Ricardo Montoya

    Principal + Director of Technical Resources

    Our Work

    Our designers are dedicated to Creating Memorable Places.

    The Mockingbird

    Dallas, Texas

    Asana Deep Ellum

    Dallas, Texas


    Fort Worth, Texas


    Locations Nationwide


    Read the latest news about our work and learn more about our firm culture

    2nd Annual Portfolio Workshop

    GFF is hosting it's second annual FREE Portfolio Workshop to assist students in navigating the conceptual and practical aspects of portfolio design and assembly. The virtual workshop will take place on May 31, 2024 followed by an in-person workshop on June 7, 2024 in our Dallas office.

    Turning On A New Light

    We are excited to start 2024 with a new logo, inspired by our new headquarters in the heart of the vibrant Victory Park neighborhood of Dallas. This transition is more than just a change of logo and address; it is an improved reflection of who we are and where we want to go as an industry-leading, design-focused firm.

    Designing Spaces that Reflect Our Clients’ Mission

    In honor of Historic Preservation Month, GFF will be a Bronze Sponsor for the 2023 Preservation Dallas Preservation Achievement Awards on May 17th, 2023.

    Life Fellowship Church Unveils Newly Transformed Campus

    GFF developed a new comprehensive campus master plan for Life Fellowship Church (LFC) located in McKinney, Texas, which includes renovation and expansion of their current campus to include a 1,200-seat future worship center, a weekday preschool, additional adult classrooms, and an administrative suite on a very compact site.


    Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.

    We Are Hiring!

    We offer a dynamic and stimulating work environment, competitive salary/benefits and advancement potential at all levels for Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Planners and our Operations Team.

    New Project Opportunities

    Please contact us if you are a prospective client with a new project opportunity that you would like to discuss with out experts.


    GFF carefully considers the resources of our clients and our planet to create healthier, higher performing environments.


    Our staff of 140 offers architecture, interior design, planning and landscape architecture throughout the US