Stephen Pickard, FAIA

Principal Emeritus

Texas Tech University

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    Stephen Pickard is a Principal Emeritus with GFF.

    Stephen Pickard, FAIA, is a Principal Emeritus at GFF. He has been practicing architecture for over 40 years and has extensive experience designing faith-based facilities. In 2011, he became a Principal at GFF, where he is known for his ability to communicate ideas, translate clients’ visions into memorable architecture, and design projects that appeal to many stakeholders. He is also a talented designer who still loves to draw by hand and ideate through an iterative series of sketches. Today, he serves in an advisory role for GFF, where he offers project-related expertise for civic, institutional, higher ed, and master planning projects, mentors the current generation of firm leaders, and still practices design when engaged on special projects.

    Stephen led GFF’s Church Works Studio for 12 years, during which time the studio won several national design awards for projects that are spiritually, environmentally, and community driven. He is a respected thought leader whose faith-based projects have widely influenced thinking about a centuries-old building type.

    In 2022, Stephen was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. He is often engaged as a speaker and writer for his knowledge of faith-based facilities and has been published on numerous occasions. His work has been featured extensively and has become an industry model for faith-based architecture. He also 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 American Institute of Architect’s Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture.

    Our firm is a dynamic and multi-disciplinary practice with expertise in ArchitectureInterior Design, and Planning. With a staff of 117 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.

    Alix Rios

    Associate Principal + Studio Director

    John Shiver

    Associate Principal + Director of Education Practice

    Ricardo Montoya

    Principal + Director of Technical Resources

    Brian Kuper

    Design Principal

    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.


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    New Project Opportunities

    Please contact us if you are a prospective client with a new project opportunity that you would like to discuss with out experts.

    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.


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


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