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About Us

About Us

gfh Architecture, Planning & Graphics is a Central Coast based architectural design firm providing full architectural design and planning services throughout California since 1981.


gfh Architecture, Planning & Graphics has a unique and proven, successful approach to discovering creative design solutions for each individual project. The firm's design philosophy is accomplished by the blend of a highly professional staff working in close concert with the principal architect, Gary F. Harcourt, to carefully balance the various economic, environmental, and jurisdictional factors that are unique to each project. This combination of disciplines has resulted in many workable, creative design solutions and many satisfied clients. By maintaining flexibility within our own organizational structure, both large and small projects are easily handled.


We believe we offer the knowledge, experience and the variety of expertise necessary to deal with the prevalent demands of today's environmental design projects and look forward to working with you on your next project.
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About the Architect

Born in San Jose, California, Mr. Harcourt grew up in both the San Jose and Southern California areas. He graduated with honors earning a bachelor's in Architecture from the “second to none” architectural school of its time, California State Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo.


Gary has had the privilege of working with some of the largest architectural firms along the Central California Coast during and after graduation, including RRM who is now nationwide with offices in San Luis Obispo including multiple satellite offices. He settled in a self-designed & self-built home along the Central Coast with his wife and five children.


Gary started his own architectural firm in 1981 during the largest recession of its time and grew from a small two-person office to as many as ten with a variety of work ranging from single-family homes, multi-family developments, banks, commercial developments, and an “Iwerks” large screen format theater at the historic Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
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Why Choose Us?

Satisfaction of our clients is of the utmost importance. Through our expertise in providing quality designs, we give the opportunity of involving the client in this process, allowing them to perform those respective tasks in a timely and cost-effective manner. We strive for the highest design quality on every project.


We have had the opportunity to create exceptional and highly effective designs for a wide range of civic, residential, educational and commercial clients. We are committed to developing designs that go beyond the ordinary while still working within each client's budgetary goals with our cost-conscious attitude.


Along with the increasing complexity of environmental analysis required today, gfh has found it useful to assemble a team of experienced consultants upon whom we call upon when necessary. In addition to Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical, we often call upon experts in the areas of Construction Techniques, Economic, Traffic, Acoustics, Human Factors Programming, Soils, Energy, and Kitchen Equipment.

Our Commitment

Here at gfh Architecture, Planning & Graphics, we are constantly growing and improving the quality and scope of services provided. Our goal is to provide individual, comprehensive and cost-effective professional services tailored to best serve the needs of each client, as well as the needs of the community as a whole. We are aware that our future success rests in our clients. We strive to provide our clients with the quality designs, documentation, representation, and scheduling with the cost savings they deserve.


We are an enthusiastic company that has been growing continuously since our inception. Our reputation is based on successful completion of quality projects throughout the state, and our clients confirm our expertise in all areas of Architecture, Planning, & Engineering, from conception to completion. We are proud of our track record, and look forward to providing you with our commitment, integrity and expertise, to further enrich our community.


On your next project, select a firm as unique as you are!
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