Top Dallas architect Larry Good is retiring from the firm he founded
One of the deans of Dallas architecture is stepping down from the company he founded more than three decades ago.
Over the years, Larry Good has worked on projects as diverse as redeveloping Old Parkland in Oak Lawn to become Alliance Airport in North Fort Worth. As founding director and chairman of Dallas-based GFF – formerly Good Fulton & Farrell – Good has run one of the busiest design firms in the region.
“I will remain active until the day I leave the office,” Good said later that month. “I have various ongoing civic duties that I will borrow from my future time.
“And I plan to flee to our house in Santa Fe for about half a year.”
Good, 67, grew up in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. He has a degree in architecture from UT Austin.
Good and partners Duncan Fulton and Stan Haas opened the doors of their architecture office in Dallas in 1982. A legendary real estate boom was in full swing and the young design office quickly grew from a handful to over 30 people.
“In 1985 we rented office space in the most expensive building in town, the LTV Center (now Trammell Crow Center),” said Good. “The day we moved into this office, we just shrank for the next five years.
“But we survived the downturn of the late 80s, which was miserable.”
Goods company survived the real estate bankruptcy and bounced back with major projects across the region. The company now has 125 employees and has just opened an office in Austin.
With Good’s resignation, Fulton is promoted to chairman and Evan Beattie is the new president. Allison Hubbard and Rick Myers will be co-chief operating officers.
“About fifteen years ago, Duncan and I started a change of ownership, turning five of GFF’s owners into 15,” said Good. “We wanted to start a company that would live after we left it.”
Larry Good, left, is retiring from the GFF architectural practice in Dallas. His partner Duncan Fulton on his right will be the new chairman. Evan Beattie (center) is the new President, and Allison Hubbard and Rick Myers will be Co-Chief Operating Officers.(GFF)