Format: 2018-09
Format: 2018-09


Austin Central Library Featured in TIME Magazine's "World's Greatest Places 2018" List

September 2018

The Austin Central Library was included in TIME magazine's list of World's Greatest Places 2018, which features 100 must-see destinations around the world. The final list spans six continents and 48 countries, and includes museums, parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises and hotels.


"The building itself— which centers around a six-story, sun-drenched atrium— is cutting-edge, too. In July, it earned a Platinum LEED certification for its sustainable design, which includes a bicycle-repair and parking garage and a cistern that pipes rainwater to the bathrooms."


To see the full list of destinations, click here


Austin Central Library Receives Best Project Design Award from ULI Austin

September 2018

The Urban Land Institute (ULI Austin) recognized the Austin Central Library with the Best Project Design Award at their 2018 Impact Awards Ceremony. The Impact Awards celebrate projects and people in Austin that exemplify ULI's mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwride. 


"Everything about the design of this place reflects a great deal of thought. Many people hadn't even given much thought to what a library could be, and yet they go into this building and their eyes just light up. You're overwhelmed by this beautiful, spectacular space. It's all glass, and light and openness— really, every element of this design was so well thought out to make it a really special place."
-Chris Riley, Austin City Council 2009-2015



2018 AIA Austin Summer Conference: August 23, 24

August 2018

Join us at the 2018 AIA Austin Summer Conference August 23-24 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas: 


Friday, August 24

3:00 p.m.: LFer Justin Garrison joins Dean J. Almy III, Christine Freundl & Mary Anne Ocampo for a session titled "Constructing a Community-Based Approach to Urban Design in Austin." 

"As Austin embarks on a new land use code to accomodate rapid growth, an investigation of planning processes and missing middle housing questions the role of current community-based approaches to urban design. With a panel collaboration between MIT, AIA Austin Urban Design Committee, City of Austin, and residents, this session will share innovative ideas, integrated strategies, and collaboration techniques that reimagine an urban design framework for 'complete communities' in Austin. 1 LU/HSW


4:00 p.m.: LFers Steve Raike & Jonathan Smith will discuss "How to Win Contractors and Influence Big Buildings: The Austin Central Library." 

'This session will follow the integrated design team on the Austin Central Library from the initial ambitious pre-design goal of becoming the best daylit library in the country to opening day and beyond. The discussion will focus on the design and construction process as well as on the dynamics of a large team on a long lasting project. 1 LU/HSW


David Lake & Ted Flato Receive O'Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement

August 2018

The Texas Society of Architects has recognized Ted & David as the recipients of the 2018 O'Neil Ford Medal for Design Achievement. 

"David Lake and Ted Flato, both native Texans, met while working at O’Neil Ford & Associates in San Antonio and founded Lake|Flato in 1984. Now a renowned regional firm known for its sustainable modern designs and their engagement with the natural environment, Lake|Flato has received more than 270 design awards, including 11 Top Ten Green Project Awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment, and was recently named one of the Ten Most Innovative Architecture Firms in the World by Fast Company.


Thank you to the Texas Society of Architects for the recognition, and congratulations to all 2018 Honor Award recipients! To see the full list of winners, click here


Confluence Park Wins 2018 Architizer A+ Jury Award in Cultural Pavilion Category

July 2018

Confluence Park, a collaboration with Matsys, has won a 2018 Architizer A+ Jury Award in the Cultural - Pavilions category. The BHP Pavilion— the park's main pavilion— and the Estella Avery Multipurpose Education Center are located at the confluence of the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, serving as a living laboratory that teaches local residents about South Texas ecotypes and the function of the San Antonio River Watershed. Confluence Park was a finalist in both the Architecture + Concrete categories and the Cultural - Pavilions category, and the Austin Central Library received a Special Mention in the Concepts + Architecture: Light category.


To see the full list of 2018 winners, click here



Talk Green to Me: A Deep Green Building Within a Green Neighborhood

July 2018

LFer Jonathan Smith joined Austin's Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens and HOLOS Systems Director Kathy Zarsky for a "Talk Green to Me" panel, where they discussed green attributes of the Austin Central Library. The library was recently certified LEED Platinum, becoming the first City of Austin public project to achieve the certification. 


Watch the full talk below: 



Introducing the COTE Top Ten Toolkit

July 2018

At this year's AIA National Conference, a group of subject matter experts from across the country, among them our Sustainability Manager Corey Squire, unveiled the COTE Top Ten Toolkit— a meta-analysis of COTE Top Ten award criteria with the intent of making it accessible to all practicing architects by cataloging the vast amount of resources that underpin COTE's Top Ten Measures of Design. 


Phase 1 of the Toolkit, available to download here, is a sustainable design guide available to all architects offering simple strategies to improve the performance of every project. 



How Austin's Growth Can be Sustainable and Equitable

July 2018

David Lake joined Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Austin, and Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President of Catellus Development Corporation, to discuss how the future of Austin can be sustainable and equitable. To read more about the panel discussion, moderated by Metropolis Magazine's director of design Susan S. Szenasy, click here


Vote for Confluence Park in the 2018 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards

July 2018

Confluence Park is among the finalists for the Pavilion and Architecture + Concrete categories of the 2018 Architizer A+ Awards! You can vote for Confluence Park in the Pavilions category by clicking here, and in the Architecture + Concrete category by clicking here. Voting closes July 20, 2018. 


Austin Central Library is a finalist for the 2018 Public Library of the Year Award

July 2018

The Austin Central Library, a Lake|Flato & Shepley Bulfinch Joint Venture, is one of five finalists for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' 2018 Public Library of the Year Award. The Austin Central Library is the only finalist from the United States, and is recognized among libraries in Brazil, Norway, Netherlands and Singapore. To learn more about the five finalists, click here


"The Central Library is a crown jewel of not just the Austin Public Library system, but the city as a whole. I'm so proud of this nomination. It speaks to what an incredible place our central library is."

-Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks


2018 AIA Conference On Architecture

June 2018

Lake|Flato Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge, Sustainability Manager Corey Squire and Associate Partner Ryan Jones will be attending the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York. 


You can catch Heather and Corey at their corresponding A'18 events:


Friday, June 22:

7:30 - 9 a.m.: Heather will be participating in a ArchiTalk Session titled “True Confessions: Why We’re Not Meeting Our Energy Goals— And What To Do About It ”   

Location: Trianon Ballrom at Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave.


2:30 - 4:30 p.m. : Both Heather & Corey will be participating at the COTE Open Forum: Heather will be speaking on “The 2030 Challenge,” and Corey will present an “Introduction to the COTE Top Ten Toolkit.”

Location: Room 1E02 at Javits Center, W 35th Street & 11th Ave. 


Saturday, June 23:

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.: Corey will participate in a ArchiTalk titled “Setting the Stage for Positive Outcomes: Three Ways to Structure a Sustainability Charrette”

Location: Mercury Ballroom at Hilton Midtown, 1335 6th Ave.



Confluence Park in Architectural Record

June 2018

Confluence Park, a project for the San Antonio River Foundation driven by sustainability, education and art, is featured in Architectural Record's June issue. The park features a pavillion made of concrete petals which funnel rainwater into a site-wide water catchment system, and the multi-purpose Estella Avery Education Center, which opens out to the park. To read Architectural Record's article on Confluence Park, click here


TreeHouse Dallas Honored with TxA Design Award

May 2018

We are honored TreeHouse Dallas is among the 14 projects awarded a 2018 Design Award by the Texas Society of Architects. The TreeHouse flagship store in Dallas is an aspiring net-zero energy building that provides an experiential retail experience that embodies the TreeHouse brand philosophy. TreeHouse was designed to be the first net-zero energy retail building independent from the grid— an unprecedented first for a big-box retailer in Texas, as well as for any home improvement store of its kind nationwide. To see all 14 winners of the TxA 2018 Design Award, click here


Hotel San Cristóbal Ranked Among Seven Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico

May 2018

Hotel San Cristóbal is in good company among Dezeen's list of Seven Best Boutique Hotels in Mexico. Nestled on the coast just north of Punta Lobos on the Baja Peninsula, Hotel San Cristóbal is a true escape drawing inspiration from its namesake: Saint Cristopher, the patron saint of travelers, surfers and sailors. Designed as an oasis tucked away where the sea and mountains collide, guests are drawn in by an expansive view of the lapis blue ocean and the surrounding sierra upon arrival. 


Austin Central Library wins AIA Austin Design Award

May 2018

We're thrilled the Austin Central Library was honored with a AIA Austin Design Award with a Sustainbility Commendation!  



La Biblioteca Central de Austin son un gran proyecto, un proyecto muy impresionante y sobre todo lo que hace por la ciudad. Creo que la ciudad de Austin se merecía una biblioteca así ya, una biblioteca de ese nivel. Todos los conceptos de sustentabilidad, del manejo de la luz, de capturar el agua de la lluvia, de ser un centro de comunidad — todo lo logra.” 


The Austin Central Library is a great project, a very impressive project, especially because of what it accomplishes for the city. I think Austin deserved a library like this, a library of this caliber. All of the sustainability concepts, the light management, the rainwater catchment system, it being a community center — it accomplishes everything.


- AIA Austin jury comments from Claudia Harari of Harari Landscape Architecture 



ULI Marketplace: Canopy Austin, Downtown Showcase

May 2018

Lake|Flato will be at ULI Austin Marketplace May 9, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to showcase Canopy Austin, Downtown. The new six-story boutique hotel will include 140 guest rooms, underground valet parking and a variety of public programs and shared spaces designed to immerse guests in the neighborhood. The project will be an anchor for Austin's lively West 6th street, further strengthening not only the dynamic arts scene of the area, but also the identity of Austin as a creative urban hub. For details on the 9th Annual ULI Marketplace in Austin, click here


Georgia Tech EBB honored with 2018 AIA COTE Top Ten Award

April 2018

The Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) has been honored with a 2018 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award. Designed by Cooper Carry and Lake|Flato, EBB is an innovative model for research facilities that challenges the silos of traditional laboratory design. With a total of 11 COTE Top Ten Awards, Lake|Flato has the distinction of receiving more COTE awards than any other firm. To see the 2018 COTE Top Ten Winners, click here


"Laboratory buildings are typically heavy water and energy users, yet the design team managed to show vast improvements can be achieved through ingenuity and integrated design. The focus on water in the building and the reuse of rainwater  and air conditioning condensate in the landscape surrrounding site is particularly impressive." 

Jury comment




Georgia Tech West Village Dining Commons wins AIA Georgia Honor Award

April 2018

We're thrilled our Georgia Tech West Village Dining Commons project, a collaboration with Cooper Carry, has been awarded an AIA Georgia Honor Award! The West Village Dining Commons is a vibrant, multi-purpose campus that provides dining and retail options for students and faculty in the west campus quadrant. To see more images of the Dining Commons, click here



University of Southern Mississippi Opens New Marine Education Center Designed by Lake|Flato

April 2018

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the opening of the new Marine Education Center on April 16 with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's Cedar Point site in Ocean Springs. "This facility is the crown jewel of marine educaiton at USM," said Dr. Monty Graham, Director for the USM School of Ocean Science and Technology. "I have been to many marine laboratories around the world. The MEC is by far the best of all of them. It will catapult us far ahead of some very prestigious marine education powerhouses."


Lake|Flato conceptualized the new facility as a place where visitors would "come and do" instead of "come and see." The six buildings on the site were designed to blend into the natural environment, tucked under the existing tree caonpy and nestled in the natural landscape. 


For the full article on the ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here


Austin Central Library Awarded AIA/ALA 2018 Library Building Award

April 2018

We are honored Austin Central Library, a Lake|Flato + Shepley Bulfinch Joint Venture, is one of six libraries in the nation to be awarded a AIA/ALA 2018 Library Building Award. The Austin Central library is a building shaped by light, designed to respond to the context of its place. 


The library was featured in the March/April 2018 issue of Texas Architect. To read about the library's opening day and the public's response, click here