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Locally Sourced Kindness

We have asked our employees which organizations they supported this year and would like to encourage our readers to support them too! In a year when we have often felt powerless to change things around us, we’ve found strength in the work that these organizations are doing (and have been doing for a long time) to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Buckner Family Hope Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

GFF was pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake on September 27th with Buckner International and the rest of the project design and construction team. “It was an inspiring event to say the least. We are all very excited to see construction start,…

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PARK(ing) Day 2018

We are excited to announce that GFF’s design for PARK(ing) Day Dallas won a Parkie for Best Use of Space today! Our team worked long hours and braved torrential rain today to make the design a reality. The structure was designed by our awesome team of summer interns, and GFF then partnered with Rogers O’Brien…

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Womble Studio’s Most Memorable Places: DFW Edition

GFF’s mission statement certainly rings true to the spaces and places we create, but our ability to do so is certainly influenced by the way we’ve experienced the beautiful, uplifting, sustainable and authentic spaces and places in our own lives. See below for a summary of the places around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex—where we live…

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2018 AIA RETROSPECT: GFF Exhibit

Last week GFF installed our exhibit for the 2018 AIA RETROSPECT in NorthPark Mall and it is displayed with a number of other exhibits designed by architecture firms in Dallas.  RETROSPECT is a public outreach event designed to promote architects, architecture, and activities within the community.  The exhibit demonstrates how architects lead efforts to make…

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Carefree, Car-free

written by Jillian Brooks While the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area ranks as one of the most congested urban areas in the country, employees at GFF are finding ways to get out of their cars and back into the City.  GFFers have multiple ways of getting around, from the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley to the newly…

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GFF’s Laura Eder to Serve on the USGBC North Texas Regional Council

In January, GFF’s Director of Sustainability, Laura Eder, AIA, LEED AP, GGP was elected to serve a 3-year term for the USGBC North Texas Regional Council. Last year, the Texas Chapter combined its four existing chapters, creating one statewide entity of 5 Regions: Central, North, South, Texas Gulf Coast, and West. The USGBC Texas Chapter’s…

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We Care Event 2017

On December 7th, the GFF Interiors group participated in the We Care event and won 2nd place for their craft for the kids, which was a Reindeer Ornament! Most importantly this is for a great cause.  The We Care event is at the Boys and Girls Club and is sponsored by Herman Miller.  Kids from…

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2017 IIDA Cre8 Design Competition and Fashion Show

On April 28th, GFF competed in the biannual IIDA Cre8 Design Competition and Fashion Show. Our team included Alix Rios (model), Traci Webster, Emily Noble, Nancy Holmes, and Ashley Hall from GFF.  Architectural firms across Dallas are paired with one soft goods underwriter and one hard goods underwriter to design and create an outfit in…

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Form Follows Fitness 5k

We had a great turnout for the Form Follows Fitness 5k this year with 27 GFFers, several kids, dogs and one puppy all taking part. Click to see pictures!

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Earth Day 2016

GFF is at Earth Day Texas!  We have proudly supported this event since its inception in 2010. GFF is a leader in sustainable design with over 80 projects in process of third party certification and over 4 million square feet completed. Be sure to stop in and say hi when you are out here this…

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Form Follows Fitness 5k

This year GFF had over 30 participants in the For Follows Fitness 5k which benefits the Dallas Center for Architecture. The 5K runs through Uptown, The Arts District, and Downtown. This area showcases some of the best architecture in the nation! The 2015 event raised over $75,000 for the Dallas Center for Architecture with 2,000…

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Gingertown Dallas

The 6th Annual Gingertown Dallas build event “Gingertown Beach” is a model city of gingerbread buildings created by professionals in the AEC industry. The buildings are displayed at NorthPark Mall and then donated to various organizations for the duration of the holidays. Money raised from sponsors, individuals, and firms goes to benefit the Children’s Craniofacial…

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GFF Wins Bark + Build’s Best in Show!

GFF & Ridgemont Commercial Construction won “Best in Show” with the Benchy Bungalow at the AIA and TEXO Bark n’ Build competition! 18 teams paired up to create luxury dog houses benefitting the SPCA of Texas in support of their 25th annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ event at Northpark. The houses will be on display…

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Alcatel Lucent Ground Breaking

The GFF Interiors team attended the Ground Breaking event with Alcatel Lucent to kick off the 250,000SF office project in Plano, TX. Team Members: Traci Webster, Abby Bradley, Jackie Brooks and Taylor Tillman

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Bark and Build

GFF and Ridgemont Commercial Construction will be designing and building a doghouse as part of the 2015 AIA Dallas – TEXO Bark & Build.  The built team doghouse designs will be on display at NorthPark Center from November 16th – December 7.  During this time, raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win…

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Best in Show at CRE8 Design Challenge

Last week, GFF Interiors participated in the CRE8 Design Challenge and Fashion Show hosted by IIDA Dallas Fort Worth City Center for the first time. We are proud to announce we went home with the ‘Best of Show’ award. The hardworking team, Alix Bulleit, Jackie Brooks, Cristina Driver, Kelsey Vusich, Traci Webster and Kathleen Wu,…

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Girl Scout Cookie Box Competition

This past weekend Jennifer Workman, Jeanmarie Brienza, Kathleen Wu, Kelsey Vusich and Lauren Amos participated with a troop in the Girl Scout Cookie Box Competition. This annual competition pairs Girl Scout troops with women architects and engineers from local firms to create free-standing structures using cookie boxes. This year’s theme incorporates ecosystems and features 10 different…

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IIDA Zero Landfill Event

Over the weekend Alix Bulleit and Marissa Flanagan helped with sorting samples for the IIDA Zero Landfill event. IIDA’s Zero Landfill is an event where firms can recycle product samples and electronics for re-use or recycling. Volunteers help to sort out the samples and facilitate pick-up from other firms, the public or anyone who is…

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508 Park Avenue Amphitheater Opens at Encore Park

In June 2011, The Stewpot/Community Ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas completed the purchase of 508 Park Avenue, Dallas, and the adjoining properties on either side. 508 Park has received national and international attention because of its unique history as one of only two locations where the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson recorded. As…

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Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review Features Cypress Waters in "Anatomy of a Deal"

Cypress Waters is Billingsley Company’s 1,000-acre mixed-use development in the North Dallas/Freeport Area. The quarterly issue of Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review features this project in “Cypress Waters Anatomy of a Deal”. GFF is proud to be involved in this project and congratulates Billingsley Company on 10 years of hard work paying off! To read…

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The Strangers Take Dallas

GFF Principal, Brian Kuper (on the drums), and his band The Strangers performed last Friday night at the Lone Star Roadhouse. The six-member band rocked the night away performing classic rock tunes! Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Strangers-of-Dallas/141914332620509      

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GFF Gives Back: Russell Hagg LIFTS Up Adult Literacy Program

  “GFF Gives Back” is a new office blog series featuring GFFers and their professional/community/civic involvement. This week we feature Associate Russell Hagg, AIA, LEED AP. Russell is a member of GFF Interiors and is on the Board of Directors for Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT). Russell sat down with me last Friday to tell me more…

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Duncan Fulton Elected President of The Dallas Assembly

GFF President and Chief Executive Officer, Duncan T. Fulton III, FAIA, LEED AP was recently elected as the 2014-2015 president of The Dallas Assembly.   Please visit http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/robert-miller/20140824-the-dallas-assembly-elects-new-officers.ece for the full article.
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Our Friends Place

This past weekend GFF Interiors updated the entry/stair area for Our Friends Place which is a transitional women’s living house in Dallas. Work included, but was not limited to, painting, caulking, scraping, priming, woodwork, replacing light fixtures ( fixtures and labor donated by ALA), re-upholstery, hanging new artwork, accessorizing the existing tables, etc. A special thanks…

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GFF Project Featured in Magazine for America’s Coolest Stores

“The outside looks like a pub, and the inside looks like a chocolate shop.” -Kelly Mitchell INSTORE magazine recently ranked Kelly Mitchell Fine Jewelry as one of America’s coolest stores! It’s no wonder as this GFF Interiors project offers clientele an adventurous luxury experience, including jewelry housed in unique “pastry” display cases.

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After 10 years, I’ve dropped my support of the Trinity Tollway

This article appeared yesterday (06.01.2014) in the Dallas Morning News. You can view the original article HERE. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has fulfilled its promise as a beautiful landmark that makes crossing the river a celebrated event. Progress is coming to the area. Why would we want to risk derailing that? Recent discussions about the merits of…

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

GFF’ers Jackie Brooks, Jamie Bowers, Whitney Jones and English Minter braved the torrential rains to celebrate Spring at the Design Soup event hosted by National Office Furniture last Thursday evening. Under the guidance of Nathan Johnson,  creative director of GRO Designs, local interior designers were given a palette of tulip peonies, equisetum (horsetail) and banana…
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GFF Animal Shelter Day!

Here at GFF, we’re getting excited for our upcoming event: GFF Animal Shelter Day on May 10th! There is an abundance of animal lovers in the office, so what better way to volunteer our time than to help our furry friends. The Operation Kindness Shelter is the oldest and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas.…
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Going Back to the 1st Grade

The first grade classes of Cottonwood Creek Elementary School are currently in the middle of a 2D and 3D shapes course, and who better to talk to about three-dimensional shapes in the real world than an architect! Following a trip the four classes took to the Perot museum earlier this week, I stopped by the…
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Cool Thursday at the Dallas Arboretum

A fantastic view, excellent weather, and live music – what more could we have asked for?!   GFFers along with family and friends gathered for a night out at the Dallas Arboretum for one of their Cool Thursday Concerts.  If you haven’t been, we highly recommend it.  We brought coolers, picnics, blankets and settled in…

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Earth Day 2014

D MAGAZINE EARTH DAY PUBLICATION – 2011 Now in its 4th year, Earth Day Texas (formerly, Earth Day Dallas) is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows Texans the chance to see how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help…

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GFF Goes Team Coco

Recently, late night television host Conan O’Brien spent a week filming his show in Dallas at The Majestic Theater.  Several GFFers were lucky enough to nab coveted tickets to see the famed redhead, some were even on the front row!  Tyler and Josh even spotted the end of the week guest Charles Barkley at Cane…

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Hockaday Major Donor Dinner

The night of February 20th, GFF principal, Jon Rollins, and I took great pleasure in serving as tour guides for the Hockaday School’s Centennial Center Phase I project.  Phase I includes the complete renovation and third floor addition to the existing Science Building.  This construction tour was given before the Donor’s Dinner hosted by the…

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Water is a Precious Resource

John DeFillipo, Director of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, made a very compelling presentation to the GDPC Board this morning on the wetlands contributions to our area’s drinking water supply.  John brought the presentation home with wildlife photos from the center including bobcats and bald eagles.  Great job on the presentation John, and we…

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American Cancer Society’s Corporate Hero Circle

GFF is entering it's 4th year of participating in the American Cancer Society's Corporate Hero Circle program. The program allows young professionals in the DFW area to raise money that will directly benefit cancer patients in North Texas. Participants raised funds on their own as well as in the office. There were bake sales, vacation…
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Form Follows Fitness

The 2014 Form Follows Fitness 5k took place this last weekend in downtown Dallas.  The race benefits the Dallas Center for Architecture and the course took racers past some of Dallas’ most prominent buildings, ending at Klyde Warren Park. Team GFF consisted of Evan Beattie, Jeff Good, Alix Bulleit, Jeremy Roehr, Jillian Brooks, Ryan Wilson,…

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Top of the Pecking Order – UPDATE

An intricate intertwining of hemp cord creates the organically shaped eyes that highlight the main facades of the playhouse. GFF gave an extra effort towards this articulate application as we wanted to express the importance of an owl’s eyes, which are the main tool used by owls to find and hunt their prey. While exploring…

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Every year, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas invites local architects and girls interested in architecture to develop critical thinking skills and promote cooperation and team building by turning empty Girl Scout cookie boxes into freestanding structures. This year’s theme was ‘I Can’t Wait… to See the World’ and several of the ten groups had…

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Top of the Pecking Order

Every year, the Dallas Arboretum installs a new rotation of children’s playhouses as a part of an annual exhibit dedicated to entertaining and educating the youth throughout the DFW metroplex. Each playhouse is design-built by the pairing of a local architecture firm and general contractor selected by the Arboretum. As the time comes for a new…

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TSA BIKEiTECTS Tour

GFF helped organize and sponsor the TSA Convention’s Texas BIKEiTECTS “Tour d’ Monuments” tour across Dallas. Rachofsky House tour included! This event is returning to Dallas in the fall of 2011, and GFF will be involved once again. Stay tuned!

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For the Love of the Lake

Through the organization For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL), GFF has its own “adopted shoreline” area at White Rock Lake and volunteers donate a Saturday morning each month to help make sure the local lake and habitat stays tidy for the community.

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