Stephen Pickard, FAIA

Principal
Texas Tech University

Stephen Pickard is a Principal with GFF, Inc

Stephen is a Principal at GFF and has over 38 years of architectural design and management experience. The last 23 years of his career have concentrated on the development of a national practice specializing in the design of church and faith based facilities. He is very familiar with current trends and the most progressive thinking as it relates to Worship spaces, Children’s Education spaces and meaningful venues for Community Connection. These projects incorporate both cultural and religious aspects into church campuses that strive to serve not only their members but also the larger community. He is currently working with several churches around the country and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Stephen currently serves on the Dean’s Circle for Texas Tech University College of Architecture Design Leadership Alliance and was the 2021 Chairman for the AIA Interfaith Design, the Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture. In 2022, Stephen was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the highest membership honor for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.

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Chase Oaks Church – Local Good Center

Chase Oaks Church’s Local Good Center was recently featured on the cover of Church Design’s May issue, in the article titled ‘Design Helps Practice What’s Preached’. In 2020, Chase Oaks Church strategically pursued a new property located in an underserved area of Plano, Texas, with the goal of creating a dedicated community center to meet…
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St. Andrew United Methodist Church – Hasley Chapel

In 2015, GFF developed a 30-year master plan for the future of St. Andrew’s 21-acre campus in Plano, Texas. A stand-alone chapel was planned to be nestled in the northwest corner of their property. After a Sanctuary renovation and Children’s, Students’, and Missions additions were completed, in 2020 St. Andrew turned their attention to the…
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Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month?

Historic Preservation Month - Church Works + Historic Preservation Did you know that May is Historic Preservation Month? In honor of Historic Preservation Month, we would like to highlight some of the historic church projects we have worked on. First United Methodist Church Dallas Originally constructed in 1924, First United Methodist Church Dallas is an…
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Stephen Pickard Elected to the AIA College of Fellows

Stephen is a Principal at GFF and has over 38 years of architectural design and management experience. The last 23 years of his career have concentrated on the development of a national practice specializing in the design of church and faith based facilities. He is very familiar with current trends and the most progressive thinking…
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New Year, New Space

The Merriam-Webster definition of renovate is “to restore to a former better state” or “to restore to life, vigor, or activity”. A high-quality renovation can breathe new life into your building. A fresh look can create a welcoming atmosphere and a renewed sense of community that can encourage congregants to return and attract new members.…
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GFF Church Works: Under Construction

Many new GFF Church Works projects are under construction! Life Fellowship Church in McKinney held a groundbreaking ceremony in late February to celebrate the start of renovation and expansion of their existing campus. Prosper United Methodist Church broke ground on a brand-new campus to support their rapidly growing congregation Dallas Theological Seminary’s new 500-seat Chapel…