Michael R. Lehr, AIA, LEED AP

Associate + Studio Director

Drexel University

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    A black and white portrait of Michael R. Lehr, an Associate and Studio Director with GFF in the Church Works Studio, in front of a white background.
    Michael R. Lehr is an Associate and Studio Director with GFF in the Church Works Studio.

    Michael R. Lehr has over 20 years of experience as an architect and project manager specializing in church design. His role includes managing complex projects from initial feasibility studies and master planning through construction administration. He joined GFF in 2016 to work in the firm’s Church Works Studio and was named Studio Director in 2023. Mike immediately became a valuable member of the team with his emphasis on client relationships and intimate knowledge of working with building committees and church staff. He enjoys learning about church culture and trends and applies this knowledge to his projects. Mike previously worked for a lighting designer and served on a zoning hearing board.

    He earned his Bachelor of Architecture in 1999 from Drexel University. He greatly values community outreach and provides pro bono design services for local and international nonprofit organizations. Mike is a certified layspeaker in the United Methodist Church, and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Richardson. He loves teaching and mentoring. Outside of the office, he enjoys being outdoors, photography, and spending time with his family.

    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.

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

    Todd Burtis

    Design Principal

    Jim West

    Principal + Managing Director – Austin

    Aaron Hunt

    Associate Principal + Managing Director – Fort Worth

    Jason Cave

    Associate Principal + Director of Civic Practice

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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.

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