Levi Hooten

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Levi earned his BArch degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture & Design in 2010 where he received a Chancellor’s citation for “Extraordinary Professional Promise.” He spent a semester abroad at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and received the Hnedak Bobo Global Design Award for his conceptual design of a new Bauhaus Museum. His most notable achievement during school came as he and three other undergraduate students were awarded the top prize and a significant federal grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its annual P3 Competition for Sustainability in Washington D.C. The project, A New Norris House, blossomed into the University of Tennessee’s largest design-build program to date, receiving several design awards including an AIA COTE Top Ten honor in 2013. Levi was hired by the University immediately upon graduation in a teaching and construction management role to shepherd the project successfully through completion.

Levi joined GFF in 2012 and was named an Associate in 2019. He has worked on projects ranging from automobile dealerships to multi family residential. He is crucial to his team, working closely with project architects to ensure success in design and construction documents. He is a passionate designer and also serves as a member of GFF’s web development team, showing strong proficiency in software that ranges from parametric modeling to web content management.

Jim West is a Principal and the Managing Director 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…

GFF Promotions 2015

GFF is pleased to announce our recent promotions. Todd Burtis, AIA and Russell Hagg, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB were named Associate Principals. In total, 26 architects, intern architects, interior designers, planners and administrative professionals were promoted in a record-breaking year for the firm. Burtis, a graduate of Texas Tech University and The Real Estate Council’s…


T-Rex goes to the museum.

Just down the street from GFF is a dinosaur-sized mural by Douglas Rouse (completed in 2010). As you may know, GFF played a role in the Perot Museum project for many years and worked with architectural office Morphosis to complete the design. We thought you might like to know how tall T-Rex really is when…


The Grants : School Pride Day

How many Grants do you see? Because the beginning of football season is our favorite time of the year, Clare convinced us to wear our colors to work today. Here is how our office breaks down: 15 – Texas 12 – Kansas 12 – UT-Arlington 11 – Texas Tech 10 – Texas A&M 08 –…


Welding Class Is In Session

Experienced GFF’ers offer quite a few training courses for others, including welding classes, watercolor class, and sketching.