Maria Gomez, AIA, LEED AP

Principal / Studio Director

University Pontificia Bolivariana

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    A black and white portrait of Maria Gomez, a Principal and Studio Director with GFF in the Corporate / Office Studio, in front of a white background.
    Maria Gomez is a Principal and Studio Director with GFF in the Corporate / Office Studio.

    Maria A Gomez, AIA, LEED AP is a Principal at GFF, leads the office and arts and culture market sectors, and functions as Studio Director. After opening her own firm in Colombia in 1994, she relocated to Texas and joined GFF in 1999. Maria has diverse experience on projects ranging from corporate offices to institutional facilities. She collaborated in the design of the Dallas Academy building expansion which received the AIA Dallas 2009 Design Award. Maria also collaborated in the Park 17 multi-use building which received the Texas Construction Best Office Project. This was the first office building to achieve LEED Gold certification for New Construction in the City of Dallas. She designed T5 Residence in North Dallas which was published in the 2011 summer edition of Luxe Interiors + Design. Maria has served as juror for multiple Design Award competitions, including the Boston Society of Architects Honor Awards, the AIA Atlanta Residential Design Awards, the RTKL Works in Progress Awards, Latinos in Architecture (LiA) Fort Worth and AIA Lubbock Design Awards among others.

    Maria has served the AIA Dallas Board in several capacities and was President of the organization in 2020. She served on the Board of the Dallas Assembly for 3 years and currently serves on the Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum, Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. She currently serves on the Trinity Park Conservancy Design Advocacy Committee, and the City of Dallas Urban Design Peer Review. Maria chaired the prestigious Texas Society of Architects Design Awards Committee in 2020 and 2021. In 2009 she was appointed by the Dallas City Plan Commission Chair to the Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee, a position she held for 10 years. She also served on the Special Sign District Advisory Committee for the City of Dallas for 7 years. Maria is a Leadership Dallas Alumni, class of 2019.

    Our firm is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary practice with expertise in ArchitectureInterior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Planning. With a staff of 125 and offices spanning across Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin, we bring a Texas-sized commitment to design excellence. We pride ourselves on attracting the most talented and passionate designers who share our dedication to craftsmanship and professional licensure. Over four decades, we have meticulously honed our design process, encapsulated in our guiding Design Maxims. Not only are we creators, but we are stewards of the communities we touch, striving to leave them even better than we found them.

    At our core, we’re a team that thrives on innovation, and we’re always on the lookout for new talent to join us in building upon our storied success. We offer an exhilarating, fast-paced work environment where design opportunities abound at every level. Our firm culture is designed to be both productive and enjoyable, where collaboration and creativity are not just encouraged but celebrated. Our three strategically located offices in vibrant areas like Uptown in Dallas, West Bend in Fort Worth, and downtown Austin offer a lifestyle beyond the office, ensuring that your career with us is complemented by the fun and excitement of these dynamic urban locales. Join us, and let’s shape the future of design together.

    Our People

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

    Jim West

    Principal + Managing Director – Austin

    Alix Rios

    Associate Principal + Studio Director

    Jacquelyn Block

    Principal + Director of Faith & Community Practice

    Evan Beattie

    Senior Principal + Chief Executive Officer / Chairman

    Our Work

    Our designers are dedicated to Creating Memorable Places.


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    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.

    Protecting Our Feathered Friends

    As cities grow and buildings become taller, the need to protect the earth's bird population is becoming more urgent. Thankfully, there are solutions to mitigate the problem, including guidelines for bird friendly glazing selections and building design features.


    Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.


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

    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

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