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.

Lena Starostine

Senior Project Coordinator

Portrait of a GFFer: Hollyann Friloux

Outside of work, Hollyann enjoys spending time with her Golden Retriever (Connie), long walks/runs on the Katy trail, and seeing new movies in the theater.

Corporate / Office

We have extensive experience in Corporate / Office facilities, having worked on such projects almost continuously for the last 25 years.

Retail / Stores & Restaurant

GFF has a deep understanding of the retail and restaurant industry and we bring that knowledge and experience to all our projects.

Cecilia Garcia

Project Coordinator

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.

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.

HG Sply Co.

Trophy Club, Texas

Rocky Owens

Project Leader

Chisholm Trail

Fort Worth, Texas

Jenna Ross

Interior Design Leader

Pegasus Park Tower – A Center for Business and Social Impact

The newly renovated Pegasus Park Tower consists of more than 500,000 square feet of office and amenity space that intentionally connects strategic business partners, social impact organizations, academic institutions, and biotech startups.

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.

David Swaim

Associate Principal + Director of Construction Administration

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.

Lance Braht

Associate Principal + Senior Design Leader

Maureen Hellerstedt

Marketing Professional

Taylor Wade

Senior Project Coordinator

Multifamily Residential

Our designers strive to create vibrant, pedestrian-oriented residential developments that offer modern living in aesthetically and formally pleasing buildings.

Trinity at Left Bank

Fort Worth, Texas

River Cafe

New Braunfels, Texas

Mariah Trevizo

Associate + Senior Project Coordinator

Ten50 BBQ

Grapevine, Texas

Todd Burtis

Design Principal

Arlington Highlands

Arlington, Texas

Alta Henderson

Dallas, Texas

Tuesdie Alonso

Senior Project Coordinator

Adam Fenner

Project Leader

David Boone

Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

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.

Emily Carvell

Operations Professional

Chad Kyzar

Senior Project Coordinator

Fort Worth

GFF’s history in Tarrant County has deep roots and the firm opened the doors to its Fort Worth Office in 2014. 

South Lamar

Austin, Texas

Farris McNabb

Marketing Leader

508 Park Avenue

Dallas, Texas

Leah Coley

Architectural Professional


Plano, Texas

Knox Heights

Dallas, Texas

Trailhead Social

Austin, Texas

New River Fellowship

Hudson Oaks, Texas

Jacob Thibodeaux

Senior Project Coordinator

The Mockingbird

Dallas, Texas


Fort Worth, Texas

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.

The Container Store

Locations Nationwide

Mark Holsinger

Associate Principal + Senior Design Leader

John Shiver

Associate Principal + Director of Education Practice

Sara Good

Associate + Studio Director / Project Leader

The Slate

Dallas, Texas

Custer Bridges

Frisco, Texas

Spanish Fort Container Park

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Russell Hagg

Associate Principal + Senior Interior Design Leader

Recreation & Private Clubs

Our firm has extensive experience designing highly-functional recreation facilities and private clubs. We understand the specific needs of an client's end-users, personalizing each project to meet the distinct requirements of the individuals who will utilize these facilities.

Beth Schmidt

Senior Design Leader


Fort Worth, Texas

Reagan Compton

Interior Design Leader

VantagePoint Church

Eastvale, California

Stacy Green

Allen, Texas

Caruth Properties TOD

Richardson, Texas

K-12 & Higher Education

Our team has a proven track record of guiding institutions through the process of programming, design, and construction to realize their vision, and we have successfully completed projects on 25 different campuses in Texas and beyond.

Town Lake

Austin, Texas

Pearl Bee Cave

Bee Cave, Texas

Blake Thames

Associate + Design Leader

Announcing Our 2024 Promotions

It is with great excitement that we announce the advancement of twenty outstanding individuals who epitomize our core values.

Woody Owens

Project Coordinator

1000 Weatherford

Fort Worth, Texas

Bernabe Longoria

Senior Project Coordinator


Our decades-long commitment to workplace culture, the enrichment of our cities, and design excellence has earned us numerous accolades, including the prestigious TxA Architecture Firm Award in 2019.

Alix Rios

Associate Principal + Studio Director

Shelby Lane

Austin, Texas


Austin, Texas


Dallas, Texas

IBP 18

Plano, Texas


Dallas, Texas


Plano, Texas

John Laurence

Senior Project Coordinator

Denargo Market

Denver, Colorado

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.

John Eagle Acura

Houston, Texas

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!

Becca Vahldick

Senior Project Coordinator

It’s the People Who Make the Place / Aaron Hunt

Aaron Hunt joined GFF in 2023 with a portfolio of achievements assembled over 25 years in New York, California, Texas, and Colorado.

St. Andrew 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.

9001 Cypress Waters

North Dallas, Texas

Talon McCart

Project Coordinator

Cultural / Arts

When we are designing a museum, gallery, performance space, or a cultural project, we strive to create spaces that inspire and enrich the lives of those who use them.

The Alton

Dallas, Texas

AG Hill Partners

Dallas, Texas

Two Arts Plaza

Dallas, Texas

Jake Chavez

Senior Project Coordinator

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!

Ricardo Montoya

Principal + Director of Technical Resources

Firewheel Market

Garland, Texas


With an increasing share of the firm’s workload coming from relationships with Austin-based clients, GFF opened our Austin office in April 2018.

Alpha Plaza

Dallas, Texas

Shannon Fahey

Senior Office Manager / Accounting Coordinator


Dallas, Texas

Aaron Hunt

Associate Principal + Managing Director – Fort Worth

Under Construction

The GFF Church Works Studio has been busy working on projects under construction recently.

Fort Worth Academy

Fort Worth, Texas

Mike Reyes

Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

Jason Hoyt

Associate + Studio Director

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.

Park Place Volvo

Dallas, Texas

Tyler Porter

Senior Project Coordinator

Evan Beattie

Principal + Chief Executive Officer / Chairman

Interior Design

Our Interior Design team specializes in creating unique and compelling atmospheres for a variety of projects, including corporate offices, fitness facilities, higher education institutions, private schools, banks, and retail spaces.

It’s the People Who Make the Place / John Shiver

As Director of Education Practice, Mr. Shiver is passionate about creating memorable places that inspire learning. His 30 years of experience have been solely focused on the education sector for K-12 and higher education projects and clients.

Sandra Beer

Senior Project Leader

GFF Austin Celebrates Five Years!

In honor of Historic Preservation Month, GFF will be a Bronze Sponsor for the 2023 Preservation Dallas Preservation Achievement Awards on May 17th, 2023.

Brian Kuper

Design Principal

Kelsey Kohlmeier

Project Coordinator

Royal & SH 161

Irving, Texas

The Bond

Austin, Texas

West 7th

Fort Worth, Texas

Diana Cruz

Executive Assistant

Jim West

Principal + Managing Director – Austin


Farmers Branch, Texas

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.

Gavin Newman

Planning Leader

Harvest Lofts

Dallas, Texas

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.”

Woodcreek Church

Richardson, Texas

Grant Wickard

Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

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.

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.

Factory Six03

Dallas, Texas

Levi Hooten

Associate + Creative Leader

Carson Guy

Project Coordinator

Jeff Swanson

Associate + Senior Project Leader

Amanda Kalescky

Senior Project Coordinator

The Ascent

Dallas, Texas

Zoning Cases

At GFF, we have been engaged by clients seeking to secure zoning changes in these areas to create more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable communities.

Janet Spees

Project Leader

Loren Boynton

Senior Design Leader

Thomas Castro

Senior Project Coordinator

Market East

Mesquite, Texas

Josh Hafel

Design Technology Leader


Austin, Texas

Park Place DFW Jaguar – Land Rover

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

David Anderson

Project Leader

Stephen Pickard

Principal Emeritus

Marissa Clinesmith

Project Coordinator

West Love Retail

Dallas, Texas


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

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.

Camille Vigil

Project Coordinator

Joshua Brown

Senior Project Coordinator


Locations Nationwide

Maria Gomez

Principal + Studio Director

Matt Frame

Project Leader

Magnolia Heights

San Antonio, Texas

Chris Andersen

Associate Principal + Senior Project Leader

Jason Cave

Associate Principal + Director of Civic Practice

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.


Our talented Planning team possesses a deep knowledge of the component building types which comprise livable, walkable, mixed-use developments, and we use our civic relationships effectively as we navigate the entitlement process for our clients.


Dallas, Texas

IBP 190

Carrollton, Texas

Brian Moore

Principal + Director of Planning

Emily Mendez

Associate + Director of Sustainability / Interior Design Leader

David Rosenbloom

Design Leader

SMU — Cox School of Business

University Park, Texas

Northwood Club

Dallas, Texas

Bryana Cozart

Interior Design Coordinator

Zach McLain

Design Leader

Alta Strand

Dallas, Texas

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.


Harrison County, Mississippi

Woodlake Church

Bixby, Oklahoma


The Colony, Texas

Santasha Hart

Senior Project Coordinator

Portrait of a GFFer: Gabrielle Duran

Outside of work, Coleman loves to travel. During his school years, he used his longer breaks to visit many national parks, with Zion National Park being his favorite. In his senior year, he visited Cairo, Egypt, and he recently took a trip to Copenhagen which he said was incredible!

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.

Heather Abaya

Senior Project Coordinator

Jamie Wallace

Associate + Design Leader

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!


Dallas, Texas

Carroll Pointe

Southlake, Texas

Jefferson Tower

Dallas, Texas

Coram Deo Academy

Flower Mound, Texas

Becky Baker, RID, NCIDQ, ASID

Senior Interior Design Coordinator

Lyra on McKinney

Dallas, Texas

Phil DeLaughter

Associate Principal + Director of IT and IT Services

M Line Tower

Dallas, Texas

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.

The Foundry

Fort Worth, Texas

Jason Fedors

Planning Leader

Asana Deep Ellum

Dallas, Texas

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.

Honda of Burleson

Burleson, Texas

Grapevine Honda

Grapevine, Texas

Sydney Galloso

Project Coordinator


Minneapollis, Minnesota

The Braden on Fifth

Fort Worth, Texas

Faith & Community

The Faith & Community Studio is GFF’s team committed to creating compelling environments for Worship, Fellowship and Education that are spiritually, environmentally and community driven.

Weir’s Plaza

Dallas, Texas


Denver, Colorado

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

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!

Heritage Plaza

San Antonio, Texas

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.

40 Years / 40 Facts

GFF is turning 40. Here are 40 numbers to celebrate the 40th year of our firm.

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.

Deniz Soydan

Project Coordinator

QIP East End

San Antonio, Texas

North Burnet

Austin, Texas

Anthem Church Master Plan

Broken Bow, Oklahoma


Our firm is committed to designing contextually appropriate mixed-use projects that add value to the neighborhoods and communities they are specifically designed for.


Austin, Texas

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.

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.

Maya Pavon

Architectural Professional

Uptown Station

Dallas, Texas

Burgher Haggard Office

Fort Worth, Texas

Alexan Cityline

Richardson, Texas

Kent Pontious

Associate Principal + Studio Director

Alexis Kaleri

Senior Project Coordinator

Gabrielle Duran

Project Coordinator

Danielle LoPresti

Associate + Director of Accounting

1900 Lofts

Dallas, Texas

Eric Marquez de la Plata

Senior Project Leader

The Trevor Project

GFF is proud to partner with The Trevor Project to make sure that every LGBTQ young person can live their story of pride fearlessly and authentically.

Allison Hubbard

Principal + Chief Operating Officer

Can We Go Beyond Sustainability?

Resilient, restorative, and regenerative approaches all rely on a comprehensive team and systems approach to creating better built environments

Stockyards Station

Fort Worth, Texas

Jacquelyn Block

Principal + Director of Faith & Community Practice

Alexan Henderson

Dallas, Texas

Lance Abaya

Associate + Senior Design Leader

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

Alejandra Rodriguez

Architectural Professional


Our civic design team specializes in creating beautiful and functional civic buildings that reflect the unique character of the communities they serve.

Josh Frederick

Associate + Project Leader