Format: 2020-04
Format: 2020-04


AIA San Antonio People + Place Awards

November 2019

We are honored AIA San Antonio has recognized four of our projects with 2019 AIA San Antonio People + Place Awards!


Washington County Ranch

“The jurors found the project to be ‘very engaged and responsive to the site,’ noting how the design minimized conditioned space to promote a connection to the outdoors and surrounding landscape.”


Big Bend Fossil Discovery Center

“The jury found this off-grid, open-air project to be “remarkable for its placement in the landscape.”


Epoch Tasting Room

“[Epoch Estate Wines] transforms the site by sensitively responding to the pre-existing structures. The old and new structures blend and complement one another in a way that is both respectful and dynamic.”



“This project, a former 1960’s dry cleaners, is smart, even surgical, in the way it takes advantage of the existing building elements. The result is casual, comfortable and not overdone.”



Lake|Flato Ranked Top Firm Overall in ARCHITECT 50 List

November 2019

We are incredibly honored to be recognized as the top firm overall in the 2019 ARCHITECT 50, a nationwide performance-based ranking of architecture firms published annually by ARCHITECT Magazine! We are proud to be the first Texas-based practice to receive the top ranking.


The 2019 ARCHITECT 50 survey ranked firms based on a combination of a design portfolio and performance data in three categories: design, sustainability and business. In all, data from the country’s top 182 firms was considered. The ranking takes into account each firm’s diverse, nationally recognized design portfolio and progressive business practices, including sustainable design ethos, innovative use of technology, Research and Development programs, efforts to diversify its staff, mentorship program, employee benefits and community-based pro bono projects.


Since our founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has designed buildings that respond to the culture and climate of each unique place, creating environments that are rooted in their place, enrich communities and connect people to the natural environment.  The success of our firm derives from our team of talented and committed individuals who share a passion for the positive impact that architecture can have on a community and the natural environment.  


To read more about our firm in ARCHITECT magazine, click here:


To see the full ARCHITECT 50 list, click here:

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Allyship for the Youth Climate Strike: September 20

September 2019

We are proud to join with fellow firms and organizations around the world to strike for the climate alongside our youth on Friday, September 20. Inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg, our firm has pledged support for Architects Advocate’s Action on Climate Change to raise awareness of the need for urgent climate action leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23.  We plan to support our youth both in San Antonio and Austin on Friday, September 20 by attending local climate strikes:


San Antonio:

Steps of City Council Chambers, Municipal Plaza 114 W Commerce Street

1-3 p.m.

Hosted by OperationClimateSA



Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.  

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Hosted by Youth Climate Strike


For more than 30 years, Lake|Flato has passionately advocated for environmental stewardship through sustainable design, striving to create work that is respectful in the use of natural resources and promotes healthy living. Previously, the firm joined the AIA 2030 Commitment to measure our projects’ progress towards carbon neutrality. We are continuing this commitment by standing alongside our youth to elevate their voices for urgent climate action. Join us today as we stand with students demanding climate action.  The next generation deserves a platform to voice their concerns and offer solutions as we collectively work to combat climate change.


To learn more about how you can show your support, click here.


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AIA Film Challenge Finalist: Austin Central Library

September 2019

Our short film "A Building Shaped by Light: Austin Central Library" produced by Bluestack Media is a finalist in the 2019 AIA Film Challenge Awards! The film captures the design process of the library, the grand opening to the public, and several interviews with team members involved in the project. To watch the short film and vote for it in the People's Choice Awards, click here

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New Mexico School for the Arts opens for Fall semester

August 2019

The New Mexico School for the Arts, the latest project to be completed by our Learning Studio, has officially opened its doors to welcome students for the Fall semester. As the country's only public boarding school for talented art students, the New Mexico School for the Arts will serve as a versatile academic space for students specializing in Drama, Music, Dance Visual Arts, Dance and Creative Writing. The new School was relocated next to the renovated Sanbusco Center in downtown Santa Fe. To learn more about the New Mexico School for the Arts, click here. 

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New York Times: When Libraries are the Tourist Attractions

August 2019

"To attract visitors from home and abroad, many libraries have advanced, even quirky amenities. They have rooftop gardens, public parks, verandas, play spaces, teen centers, movie theaters, gaming rooms, art galleries, restaurants and more.


We are proud the Austin Central Library was featured in an article in the New York Times highlighting innovative new libraries around the world that have re-imagined how library design can continue to engage communities. To read the article and take a look at some of the world's most creative new libraries, click here. 

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Clinton Corners Residences Recognized with Architizer A+ Jury Award

July 2019

We're honored our Clinton Corners Residence was selected as a Jury Award winner in the Architecture+Prefab category of the 2019 Architizer A+ Awards! Sited on a sylvan lot in the Hudson Valley, the home's simple building leverages prefabricated panelized construction to streamline design and integrate fast track construction. Congratulations to all of the 2019 Architizer A+ Award winners— to see the full gallery, click here.

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Houston Chronicle: When you couldn't see the Arboretum for the trees

July 2019

In an opinion piece, the Houston Chronicle takes a look at the history of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. We're proud to be a part of the team working hard to revinvigorate and restore the Arboretum alongside Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture, Design Workshop, Leslie Elkins Architecture, Main Street Design, Inc. and Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. To read more about the future of the Arboretum, click here.

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Steve Raike featured in Dwell's Raw Materials 3 Ways (RM-3) Podcast

June 2019

In their fifth episode, Dwell Magazine's RM-3 (Raw Materials 3 Ways) podcast takes a deep dive into the role of shellfish in construction materials, including limestone. Lake|Flato Associate Partner Steve Raike spoke to host Dan Maginn about the history of limestone, the different textures and characters it can take on, and why we've chosen to work with limestone on projects ranging from museums to residences, including our Olmos Park Residence featured in Dwell. To listen to the full episode, click here.

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Lake|Flato and SA+R Break Ground on University of Denver's New Campus Hub

June 2019

We have officially broken ground on the University of Denver's new Burwell Center for Career Achievement, a project in collaboration with Shears Adkins Rockmore. Designed as a campus hub for the university, the Center will be a gathering place for the extended DU community. Sited at a key nexus between the campus's traditional core and its growing urban edge, the new 23,000 SF center combines student career development with alumni engagement & programming. To read more about the center, click here.

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Lake|Flato Receives Six 2019 TxA Design Awards

May 2019

We are honored the distinguished 2019 TxA Design Awards Jury including Julie Eizenberg, FAIA (Koning Eizenberg Architecture), Eui-Sung Yi (Morphosis), Carol Ross Barney, FAIA (Ross Barney Architects), and Chris Annmarie Spencer, AIA, NOMA (Wheeler Kearns Architects) have selected six Lake|Flato projects ro receive TxA Design Awards:  The ProwKnox College Whitcomb Art Center, Ishawooa Mesa RanchConfluence ParkMarine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and  Epoch Winery.

To see the full list of 2019 award winners, click here.


Living Future Unconference 2019

April 2019

We'll be at the 2019 Living Future Unconference in Seattle from April 30 - May 3! 


Thursday, May 2

Net Positive Ecology: Our Work Outside10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Room Elwha B

The term “ecology” has been through the wash in recent years. As designers and architects increasingly look to meet their client’s interests in green design, we’ve seen considerable drift in what it means to protect, support, or restore ecological systems around built forms. In this session, we return to the theoretical foundation of the discipline of ecology and explain how its key principles can and should influence design.

Panel: Bill Browning (Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green), Tenna Florian (Associate Partner, Lake|Flato), Pete Munoz (Senior Engineer, Biohabitats) and Juan Rovalo (Senior Ecologist/Integrated Design Specialist, Biohabitats.)


Friday, May 3

If You Can Only Do One Thing: Using the COTE Toolkit to Elevate Every Project | 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Quinault Room (5th floor) 

This session is all about best practices, what they are, where to find them, and how they can be used to design better buildings in less time and with less effort. Referencing the COTE Top Ten Toolkit, a new resource that documents design best practices along the broad spectrum of sustainability measures, attendees will learn how the right information, delivered to the right people at the right time is an incredibly effective way to improve performance.

This session will present the sustainable design strategies to focus on when time, resources, or knowledge is limited. The high-impact, low-cost best practices presented in this session can be incorporated into any project and are an effective way of elevating performance in situation where, “you can only do one thing.”


Panel: Corey Squire (Sustainability Manager, Lake|Flato), Vikram Sami (Director of Building Performance, Olson Kundig Architects), Tate Walker (Director of Sustainability, OPN Architects), Helena Zambrano (Director of Sustainability, Overland Partners Architects), Betsy del Monte (Cameron McAllister Group), Gunnar Hubbard (Principal/Sustainability Practice Leader, Thornton Tomasetti), Stephen Endy (Architect/Sustainability Specialist, Mahlum) and Anne Hicks Harney (President and Founder, Long Green Specs.) 


Vibrant named "Most Gorgeous Restaurant of 2018"

April 2019

Formerly a dry cleaners in Houston's Montrose neighborhood, the recently opened Vibrant eatery is a light-filled, minimalist adaptive reuse project that was named the "Most Gorgeous Restaurant of the Year" by Eater Houston. To read about the project transformation, click here.


San Antonio Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground

March 2019

We've officially broken ground on the new San Antonio Federal Courthouse! Lake|Flato is excited to be a part of this project that will capture the cultural spirit of San Antonio through the use of local vernacular and natural materials. To read about the groundbreaking event in the San Antonio Express-News, click here. 

Rendering by Notion Workshop. 


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation in Architect Magazine

February 2019

Architect Magazine took an in-depth look at our recently completed Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, the first building in North America constructed from tightly packed Dowell Laminated Timber panels that were prefabricated, panelized and lifted into place for quicker on-site construction. To learn more about the Center, click here. 


Confluence Park Receives AIA Honor Award for Architecture

February 2019

Confluence Park was recently recognized with a 2019 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The award is one of the highest honors in the architecture profession, celebrating the best contemporary architecture which highlights the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. AIA’s nine-member jury selected submissions that demonstrated design achievement, including a sense of place and purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability and history. Confluence Park was among nine projects honored ranging from an elementary school in Tacoma, Washington to a museum in Blåvand, Denmark— see the list of award recipients here. 


Architect Magazine: Nine Tech Strategies for 2019

February 2019

Continuing their annual tradition of identifying technologies and business strategies from various architecture firm's, Architect Magazine's "Tech Strategies" list features Lake|Flato's Design Technologist Adam Heisserer, who describes the firm's plans to map invisible qualities including air quality, sound and occupant heart reate to better understand the human experience of our buildings. Read the full 2019 list in Architect Magazine by clicking here.


Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Wins Wood Design & Building Honor Award

January 2019

The Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory was recognized with a 2018 Wood Design & Building Honor Award from the Wood Design & Building magazine in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council. Designed to be naturally resilient, the Marine Education Center was primarily constructed of Southern Yellow Pine in dimensional lumber, which was chosen and highlighted given its availability and prevalence as a local Mississippi commodity. The Center's buildings were sited tightly within the existing tree canopy, which serves as a natural wind buffer. Considering natural disasters and durability, the design focused on using and maintaining the land to serve as the first line of defense. Low-impact materials were selected for the health of building's occupants and to avoid ocean contamination in the event of a natural disaster. 


We're honored to receive this award for the Marine Education Center, which was a collaboration with Associate Architect unabridged Architecture and Landscape Architect Studio Outside, and made possible through our wonderful client, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississipi.



Clinton Corners Porch House in Residential Design Magazine

January 2019

"Travel just 1 1/2 hours north of Manhattan, and you are worlds away from the caucophany of the city. Imagine the golden sun-drenched landscape of a Hudson River School painting— peaceful, beautiful, and timeless. This is the context for Lake|Flato's Clinton Corners Residence, a complex of three structures on a 2-acre lakeside property, and the architect's latest foray into prefabricated construction. While the project uses the DNA of the firm's Porch House program, it is its own new hybrid species." 


See more of Clinton Corners in the latest issue of Residential Design Magazine, available online here.


Ulery's Lake Cabins in Builder Magazine: Minimalist Retreats Reimagine the Mountain Cabin

December 2018

"For Texas-based Lake|Flato, good architecture prevails when a building is in its right place and pared down to its simplest form. So when Lone Mountain Land Company tapped the architects, who are oft-revered for their commitment to environmentally thoughtful design that’s also landscape responsive, to conceptualize a small resort community of cabins at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park in Big Sky, Mont., they responded with two modest floor plans—relatively compact in the shadow of their neighboring mansionettes—that could work in a variety of site conditions."


To read more about our Ulery's Lake Cabins in Builder Magazine, click here.