GGO Architects is a highly acclaimed private architectural practice in Dallas, Texas, dedicated to excellence in design and sensitivity to place and the environment. With a unique combination of general planning and design experience, we have the ability to evaluate, comprehend, and skillfully design each project as one of a kind.
Our responsibility to each client respects this individuality of commitment. The generality of practice builds depth and strength into our work and clarity and curiosity into our craft. Environmental responsiveness, sustainability, and affordability are representative of all of our work. GGO Architects simply cant design a project from any other perspective.
Our firm was the first green practice to open in Dallas, focusing on green buildings that incorporate energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, non-toxic materials, advanced building science, and enhanced indoor air quality. We have since completed more than 300 projects, including residential, commercial, institutional, and museum work throughout the United States.
Our portfolio ranges from historic preservation/restoration, restaurants, retail stores, industrial, corporate, public and commercial structures, environmental learning centers, educational facilities, medical offices, and private residences to regional shopping mall expansions, renovations, and new centers.
GGO Architects continues to be recognized as a leading sustainability-focused firm and has been recognized with 7 design awards, 3 energy-value housing awards, multiple green building awards, and honors.
- EVHA Hot/Humid Climate Gold Award and VESTA Award (Heathers Home)
- EVHA Hot/Humid Climate Silver Award (Olp Residence)
- NCTCOG CLIDE Award (Plano Environmental Education Center)
- Featured in AIA Dallas 2011 Tour of Homes
- Public speaking
Mr. Olp regularly receives multiple requests to speak and present on the topics of sustainable design and environmental stewardship.
Listed are a few representative speaking engagements:
- Measurable Benefits of an Environmental Design Approach - Texas Association of Community Colleges, Sept. 2009
- Cost Efficient vs. ECO Efficient Building Design - Dallas Sierra Club, 2000 2005 and North Texas Home Builders Association, Multiple Chapters, 2004 2005
- Sustainable Design Requires a Holistic Approach / Conservation Development at an Affordable Price - Texas Cooperative Extension/Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fort Worth, TX, December 12, 2003
- Energy-Efficient Building Design - Texas Building Energy Institute, Austin, TX, March 1, 2001
- Green Building - International Facilities Managers Association, Dallas, TX, September 13, 2001
- A Natural Approach to IAQ - Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention, Austin, TX, October 1998 & 2000 and Fourth Energy Efficient New Construction Conference, Vancouver, BC, 1996
- Sustainable City Building - Richardson League of Women Voters, Richardson, TX, December 13, 2000