Our civic design team specializes in creating beautiful and functional civic buildings that reflect the unique character of the communities they serve. We believe that the best civic projects are successful at telling a story through their design, highlighting the history, culture, and values of the community.

Our team of expert designers understands the importance of listening to the many stakeholders involved in civic projects. We work closely with user groups, city council members, government departments, and members of the community to ensure that the final design meets the needs and desires of all parties involved. We take a collaborative approach and use our leadership skills to facilitate a smooth and successful project from start to finish.

In addition to our expertise in storytelling through design, our team is also highly skilled at creating functional and efficient civic buildings. We understand the unique challenges that come with designing for the public sector, and have developed a strong ability to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders. We excel at problem-solving and cost estimating, and are committed to delivering high-quality buildings that will serve the needs of the community for years to come. Whether we are designing a police station, public safety facility, new city hall, a public library, or a community center, we take pride in creating spaces that are both beautiful and functional.

Our People

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

Kent Pontious

Associate Principal + Studio Director

Garrett Barker

Associate + Senior Project Leader

Maria Gomez

Principal + Studio Director

Heather Abaya

Senior Project Coordinator


Read the latest news about our work and learn more about our firm culture

2nd Annual Portfolio Workshop

GFF is hosting it's second annual FREE Portfolio Workshop to assist students in navigating the conceptual and practical aspects of portfolio design and assembly. The virtual workshop will take place on May 31, 2024 followed by an in-person workshop on June 7, 2024 in our Dallas office.

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.


Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.

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.


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


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