ERIC HAHNFELD, AIAPresident
Eric Hahnfeld is not a designer. Rather, his obsession is making sure that clients’ projects are delivered on-schedule, on-budget, with no surprises, and with the seeds planted for long-term relationships. Hahnfeld’s passion for the technical side of design is a rarity among the leaders of architectural firms, but it has helped place Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford among the leaders in the profession.
Hahnfeld oversees production, specifications, quality control and construction administration for the firm’s numerous projects. These functions are more commonly found in the offices of general contractors, but in Hahnfeld’s hands they have built the firm’s reputation for exacting precision in product delivery, problem solving and customer service. He has led the firm in pioneering the use of cutting-edge design technology such as BIM (Building Information Modeling).
In his unique capacity, Hahnfeld has worked on all of the firm’s significant projects, with personal favorites including renovations and expansions at the historic Will Rogers Memorial Center and a growing portfolio of landmark facilities at Texas Christian University such as the state-of-the-art Tucker Technology Center.
Under Hahnfeld’s leadership as a founding principal and president, the firm has expanded its scope from primarily designing public schools to projects in most market sectors as well as adding master planning and interior design. In 1997, the firm received one of the highest honors from the Texas architecture community: The Texas Society of Architects Architecture Firm Award.
Eric Hahnfeld came to the firm founded in 1963 by his father, architect Lee Roy Hahnfeld, from an unlikely direction. A keen interest in construction and building technology led him to earn a degree in Building Construction from Texas A&M University in 1982. After fulfilling an officer’s commission in the U.S. Army, he arrived back in North Texas to find the construction market in an economic slump. His father needed help, so Hahnfeld joined the firm. He became a registered architect but ultimately created his niche in specifications and quality control. In 1997 he was joined by Michael Hoffer and David Stanford in buying the firm from his father. Today it is one of the largest independent, full-service architectural firms in the Dallas/Fort Worth Region.
Hahnfeld has been a fixture in the North Texas architectural and civic communities for more than two decades. He has served as president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, on the advisory board for Texo (Dallas/Fort Worth Associated General Contractors), as an executive trustee for the Texas Society of Architects’ Texas Architect Committee, and on the Texas Society of Architects’ board of directors. He also has served on the executive committee of the Longhorn Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the board of the Southwest YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, and as a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate.
While some people live to work, Hahnfeld admittedly works to live. That includes spending quality time with his wife, daughter and two grandchildren, and feeding his passion for the outdoors – from hunting, fishing and golf, to horseback trips across the Andes and treks over the rugged terrain of Nepal.
MICHAEL HOFFER, AIAVice President
Michael Hoffer has designed award-winning facilities throughout the Southwest, but he also has designs on building an ever-growing and diverse client base by developing and nurturing long-term relationships. He does this by approaching every project with a passion for creating spaces that impact lives, and engaging every client with attentive and responsive customer service.
Hoffer has been a driving force in Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford’s growth into new market sectors, expanded disciplines such as interior design and master planning, and expertise in sustainable design. As an architect, he has led the design and development of some of the region’s most recognizable buildings, ranging from the Northpark YMCA in Fort Worth to the Tucker Technology Center at Texas Christian University and additions to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Moncrief Cancer Center. Hoffer is especially proud of his work with churches and cultural facilities, such as the Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center and The Church on Rush Creek. These projects have also helped build the firm’s expertise in the technology and acoustics of auditoriums and performance halls.
Among the numerous awards garnered under Hoffer’s leadership, the Vernon Solomon Center received the prestigious Citation Award from the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Innovation Award and Design Award from the Texas Association of School Boards – two of that organization’s highest awards for design and architecture.
Michael Hoffer began drawing house plans and buildings early in life, influenced by his mother who painted. Eighth grade tests revealed his talent in math and engineering, and in high school he immersed himself in Industrial Arts where he won regional awards. Summertime found him working on construction jobs, and he learned more about drawing and specifications working at a millwork business while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design at Texas A&M University.
Hoffer’s journey to the firm that bears his name began with a one-year stop at Naples & Associates in 1977 where he moved from technology to design. Next came seven years at Jackson Ayers where he had more opportunities to design and work in the field as his projects came up out of the ground. Hoffer joined Lee Roy Hahnfeld’s firm in 1986 and became an owner in 1997. Seeing the impact of economic waves on the business, Hoffer became a leader in the firm’s client development efforts.
Dedicated to numerous professional, charitable and civic causes, Hoffer has been secretary of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, an advisory board member for the Salvation Army of Fort Worth, and a board member of the E.R. Van Zandt YMCA. He has been a president and program chairman of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth – South, and currently is a member of the Corporate Resource Group, a business networking organization.
When not designing facilities and building client relationships, Hoffer likes to travel, play golf and work out. He and Brenda, his wife of 34 years, are building a new home, which they’ll enjoy filling with the antiques she collects.
DAVID STANFORD, AIAVice President
David Stanford is a traditional designer with a modern perspective. He likes to sketch out an idea by freehand but believes in the power of digital imaging to communicate his concepts to clients. He enjoys exploring the ancient architectural wonders of Europe, but he prefers designing from a contemporary palette. He’s adept at collegiate architectural style but paints in the abstract genre.
Stanford brings these contrasting aesthetics – and the knowledge and experiences that shaped them – to the forefront as one of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford’s principals and lead designers. In a practice that spans education, commercial, institutional and religious design, Stanford has personally designed most of the firm’s award-winning projects, including more than 20 that have won prestigious awards from the American Institute of Architects. His personal favorites include Congregation Beth-El in Fort Worth, and the Embrey Engineering Building at Southern Methodist University in Dallas – one of the first higher educational buildings in Texas to achieve the LEED Gold Certification.
Stanford’s award-winning designs and innovative concepts have earned him a reputation as one of the leading design architects in the Southwestern United States. Admired by his peers for a lifetime of achievement in design, Stanford is one of only six recipients of the Charles R. Adams Award for Design Excellence from the Fort Worth Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
With a father who was a structural engineer and a mother who was an interior designer, David Stanford had plenty of motivation to begin drawing and designing early – houses in grade school and commercial buildings in middle school. He carried that flair for design from Fort Worth’s Paschal High School to the University of Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering.
Stanford came to what is now Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford in 1986 after sharpening his skills at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam in Houston and CRS Geren Associates in Fort Worth. While those firms were larger with a more national reach, the smaller size of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford exposed him to a wide variety of projects and every facet of project delivery – from programming and conceptualization to technical drawings and construction. Today, Stanford’s work as a design architect is informed by that broad project knowledge.
In addition to his work with the firm, Stanford has also worked tirelessly in the community through professional, civic and charitable organizations. He is a past president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, an emeritus member of the board of directors for the Ryan Branch of the YMCA of Fort Worth, and he served on the Board of Stewards for the First United Methodist Church.
When not designing world-class facilities, Stanford enjoys painting. His penchant for contemporary form can be seen in the bold abstract works that grace the hallways of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford as well as the offices of many local clients and private homes and businesses throughout the Southwest.