Portrait of a GFFer: Talon McCart
Outside of work, Talon likes to bike, snowboard and wakeboard. Other hobbies include woodworking, home renovations, traveling and flying his drone. He also loves to spend time with his family!
Portrait of a GFFer: Marissa Clinesmith
Outside of work, Marissa is involved in the AIA Fort Worth chapter Board of Directors as Director at Large, which she says has been an amazing opportunity to be more involved in the Fort Worth architecture scene- especially with the TxA conference coming to town this November 2023!
Historic Preservation Month
In honor of Historic Preservation Month, GFF will be a Bronze Sponsor for the 2023 Preservation Dallas Preservation Achievement Awards on May 17th, 2023.
It’s the People Who Make the Place / Ricardo Montoya
Ricardo is a licensed architect, Principal and Director of Technical Resources at GFF with experience managing a broad range of project types of various scales.
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!
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.
Portrait of a GFFer: Amanda Kalescky
Outside of work, Amanda loves supporting her kids whether that is speaking at career day, leading the Girl Scout Troop, or cheering them on at their sporting events.
Architecture’s Balancing Act: Beauty, Function, Cost, and Sustainability
In the world of design, finding the perfect blend of beauty, functionality, cost, and sustainability can be quite a challenge. However, as we celebrate the 2nd annual Earth Week at GFF, we aim to demonstrate that these goals can coexist harmoniously.
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.
The GFF Church Works Studio has been busy working on projects under construction recently.
Portrait of a GFFer: Josh Hafel
When Josh isn’t working, he likes to hike, rock climb, and play with his 5-year-old husky-lab, Hatchi. He also has plans to one day see all 63 National Parks! So far, he has been to one National Park and six State Parks.
Stephen Pickard Transitions Into A New Role
Stephen Pickard, FAIA, former Principal-in-Charge of the GFF faith-based and non-profit market sector, including the Church Works studio, transitioned to a different role at the end of 2022.
Promotion Party 2023: Celebrating the Rise of 25 Talented Achievers
As 2023 gets underway, we at GFF are filled with excitement and gratitude as we celebrate the promotion of 25 talented employees.
Portrait of a GFFer: Kat Wuestner
"My favorite thing about GFF would have to be my passionate and talented coworkers. Working with architects gives me the opportunity to watch my city flourish through the creation and design of spaces and buildings."
Celebrating ’22 & Ringing in the New!
As we celebrate the new year, we would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the great work we’ve done in 2022.
It’s the People Who Make the Place / Jason Cave
As Director of Civic Practice, Mr. Cave is passionate about creating memorable places in the public realm
Meet GFF’s Historic Preservation Team: Chris Andersen
With GFF for over 24 years, Chris has worked on a wide variety of project types including both new construction and renovation/rehabilitation of old and historic properties
Dallas Zoo South Garage
The Dallas Zoo South Garage is a simple building on a complex site, pairing an efficient layout with a visually dynamic façade to promote the Zoo’s mission and brand.
St. Monica Catholic School Renovation
GFF was hired to develop a comprehensive campus master plan accommodating the needs of both the church and the 900 student Pre-K to 8th grade school.
Portrait of a GFFer: Sam Stribling
“My favorite things about working at GFF include its egalitarian approach to every facet of the design process; a stated focus on project continuity and collaboration; and concern for individual employee well-being.”
GFF Announces Three New Principals
GFF is excited to announce three new principals as our firm continues to expand its reach and add diversity of expertise and perspective to our Principal team
Portrait of a GFFer: Becca Vahldick
“I love going to shows, playing guitar, and even occasionally moshing. I generally go to smaller concerts or support local bands but tend to be at a concert 4-5 times a month!”
It’s the People Who Make the Place / Emily Mendez
Emily Mendez is the Director of Sustainability for GFF, where she leads our internal committee comprised of sustainability representatives across all market sectors
Adaptive Reuse in an Environmentally Conscious Work Environment
In a post-pandemic world where employees may be reluctant to return to the office full time, the inventory of empty or partially occupied buildings continues to grow.
GFF, Fair Park, and The State Fair of Texas: A Thirty-Year Relationship
We are excited about the opening of this year’s State Fair of Texas and proud of GFF’s role in the preservation and ongoing revitalization of Fair Park
It’s National Women’s Health & Fitness Day!
On this National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, let’s create a new narrative that celebrates women and all the ways they choose to become better versions of themselves.
Portrait of a GFFer: Bradley Dunivan
"My favorite thing about GFF is the high level of design quality within the different departments and ability to collaborate to produce the best result. No one project is single disciplinary and takes many talented people to create meaningful spaces.”
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.’
Portrait of a GFFer: Lance Abaya
"My favorite thing about GFF is how they value each individual of the firm, and the importance of inclusiveness in every facet of the practice."
Portrait of a GFFer: Yasmin Al-Jafari
"My favorite part about GFF is working on our housing projects and their high quality of design. I appreciate the thoughtful and meaningful places created by GFF.”
Meet GFF’s Historic Preservation Team: Morgan Harrison
As a multi-generational Dallas native, Morgan is passionate about preserving the historic and cultural resources that the city has to offer as they are integral to her family history.
St. Andrew United Methodist Church – Hasley Chapel
Designed as “a chapel in the woods” overlooking the creek and pond on campus, it is reminiscent of Robert’s beloved Arkansas home.
It’s the People that Make the Place / Alix Rios
With an eclectic portfolio ranging from build-to-suit corporate interiors and tenant finish-outs, to higher education and retail, she thrives under the challenge of multi-faceted interiors and diverse teams.
Construction at SMU’s Cox School of Business is Underway
The project will fully reconfigure and renovate the existing three buildings, constructing an additional 65,000 SF while increasing the buildings’ overall efficiency.
It’s The People Who Make the Place / Brian Kuper
Joining GFF in 1993, and a Principal in the firm since 2007, Brian has practiced architecture for nearly 30 years.
Portrait of a GFFer: Zack Sprinkle-Lewis
Zack graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and a Master's of Architecture.
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.
It’s the People who Make the Place / Jon Rollins
Jon Rollins is a leader in GFF’s institutional practice, focusing on university projects, independent schools, cultural facilities and communities of faith, with an additional emphasis on historic preservation and adaptive reuse.
Can We Go Beyond Sustainability?
Resilient, restorative, and regenerative approaches all rely on a comprehensive team and systems approach to creating better built environments
Hear from our Designers – What’s new in Church Seating?
Furniture for church facilities has shifted in recent years. Here are the trends we are excited about!
Portrait of a GFFer: Bryana Cozart
Bryana was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Master of Interior Architecture and Product Design.