Stephen Pickard Transitions Into A New Role

Stephen Pickard, FAIA, former Principal-in-Charge of the GFF faith-based and non-profit market sector, including the Church Works studio, transitioned to a different role at the end of 2022. Beginning in 2023, Stephen will serve in a consulting and advisory role for the firm. He joined GFF in 2010 and started the Church Works studio growing it into a nationally recognized, award-winning practice, serving hundreds of clients. In his time at GFF he has been our respected leader, teacher, mentor, and friend; building a national church practice while creatively changing design conventions with out of the box thinking and pioneering community-driven design solutions.

Stephen’s creative and collaborative design process along with his servant leadership style has grown and inspired a new generation of passionate architects and designers dedicated to serving faith-based and non-profit clients with an emphasis on strong client relationships.

We will miss Stephen’s day-to-day presence at GFF, seeing him sketching in the crit area, and his personal check-ins, but we know that his fingerprints of influence and mentorship will impact our studio and our work for years to come.

As Stephen said upon his announcement to GFF, “onward and upward.”

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