Faith & Community

Our Faith & Community Studio is a group of highly experienced professionals who focus exclusively on the planning and design of faith-based facilities. We see our role in a project as facilitators who will assist your Church in realizing your vision, not imposing ours on you.  Our goal is for the design solution of your project to mirror the unique qualities, culture and circumstances that exist for your Church, not a formula driven solution applied without thorough consideration for your real needs.

Many churches today favor a more ‘authentic’ representation of who they are. The modern church is not cloistered and mysterious, it is open and accessible.  The architecture is straightforward and honest, not historicist or artificial.  Buildings can reveal the life of the church and create tangible connections to the surrounding community. Elaborate detailing and expensive materials often give way to creative uses of inexpensive materials that are durable and easily maintained.  Raw concrete can be celebrated not concealed, structural elements can be exposed, and paints and stains are often the interior finish of choice.

Our People

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

Jacquelyn Block

Principal + Director of Faith & Community Practice

Michael R. Lehr

Associate + Studio Director

Emily Mendez

Associate + Director of Sustainability / Interior Design Leader

Loren Boynton

Senior Design Leader


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

The Church Network National Conference is Almost Here!

Mark your calendars! The 2023 Church Network Conference (TCN) will take place July 18th through July 21st at the Irving Convention Center in the DFW Metroplex.

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.

Portrait of a GFFer: Loren Boynton

Outside of work, Loren tinkers with anything automotive related (his current project is a 1981 Mercedes 300td), enjoys anything related to photography, and is raising two teenage boys with his wife Amour. He also took a Silversmithing class in college and has been hooked ever since!

It’s the People Who Make the Place / Jacquelyn Block

Jacquelyn joined GFF in 2011 and has extensive architectural experience leading faith-based, non-profit, and educational projects.


Learn more about the mission and organization of our practice.

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.

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.


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.