Format: 2018-01
Format: 2018-01


Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

January 2018

The Dallas Architecture Forum has established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to honor the legacy of Frank Welch. Ted Flato will be the speaker at this inaugural lecture Tuesday, January 30, 2018. For more information, please click here.


Confluence Park Grand Unveiling

January 2018

We are excited to announce the Confluence Park Grand Unveiling January 17, 2018. To read more about the Park click here.


18 Forum Lane takes home Governor's Award

December 2017

The Cayman Society of Architects, Surveyors and Engineers and the Cayman Contractors Association recently honored Lake|Flato's 18 Forum Lane the 2017 Governor's Award for Design and Construction Excellence. The LEED Gold mixed-use property "won in part for being “outstanding in its sustainable design but retains a familiar language with its louvres, roofing, breezeways and courtyards that articulates the New Urbanism in the Cayman Islands. Read more here


Tuscaloosa's New Children's Museum Starts Fundraising

December 2017

Lake|Flato is working with the Tuscaloosa Children's Museum (CHOM) to help them plan and fund raise for a new children's museum. The project is lead by Greg Papay who is calling the proposed new location for CHOM “super unique in the world of children’s museums, almost a state park." Read more about it here


Exciting Adventures at the San Antonio Zoo School

December 2017

The new year will bring exciting new adventures at the San Antonio Zoo School! Lake|Flato's renovation of the School reinforces the Zoo’s conservation mission while seamlessly blending play, learning, and adventure. Find out more here

The New Witte Museum Honored with International Design & Communications Award

November 2017

The New Witte Museum has been honored with the Silver Award for Best Scenography for a permanent collection as part of the 7th International Design & Communications Awards (ICDA) Program. The ICDA awards recognize cultural institutions around the world that demonstrate excellence in communications, design and branding. “The Witte Museum leadership and staff are honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious award. We are especially pleased to be among the best museums in the world that received awards this year,” said Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “We are grateful for the outstanding designers at Gallagher & Associates who worked with powerful partners, including Lake Flato Architects to bring the New Witte to reality. This award underscores the top tier status of the Witte Museum.” Read more about the award, here.
Exhibit design by Gallgher & Associates.


2017 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence

November 2017

Officially announced, 13 projects worldwide honored with the 2017 Urban Land Institute Global Award for Excellence. Happy to announce that the Pearl Brewery Redevelopment in San Antonio was one of the projects recognized. Read more about it here.


Lake|Flato Attending Greenbuild International Conference & EXPO

November 2017

Lake|Flato will attend the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference & EXPO taking place November 8th - 10th in Boston, Massachussetts. Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building that unites industry leaders, experts and design professionals dedicated to promoting sustainable building practices. If you are attending Greenbuild this year, look for Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge, EIT, Assoc. AIA, LEED Fellow; Associate Partner Matt Wallace, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; and Project Architect Kerry Phillips, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.


Lake|Flato Presenting at Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention & EXPO

November 2017

Join Lake|Flato in Austin, Texas for the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention & EXPO - November 9th - 11th. In addition to several staff members attending the event, Lake|Flato will present for the following sessions:


986 - TOUR – Sacred Precincts in the 21st Century (Congregation Agudas Achim)

Sophia Razzaque, AIA, LEED AP | Project Architect

Nov 9 | 12:30-2:30 PM


274 The Value of Architectural Research: Emerging Professionals in San Antonio
Adam Heiserrer, Design Technologist

Nov 9 | 1:30-2:30PM


269 - What I Learned From Women in Architecture

Jenna Steinbeck, AIA | Project Desgner

Nov 10 | 1:00-2:30 PM


421 Design Awards Panel 1: Indian Springs School

Greg Papay, FAIA, Partner |  Brandi Rickels, RA, Associate Partner

Nov 10 | 3:00 - 4:00PM


422 Design Awards Panel 2: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

Ryan Jones, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Partner

Nov 10 | 4:30 - 5:30PM


319 - Breaking Down Walls: Diversity and Inclusion in Architecture Practice

Rick Torres, Designer

Nov 10 | 1:00 -2:00PM


393 It’s the End of the World (of Architecture) as We Know It … and We Feel Fine

Corey Squire, AIA, LEED AP O+M, Sustainability Manager

Nov 11 | 1:00 -2:00PM


If you are interested in networking with the Lake|Flato team while you attend the conference, please email marketing [at]


David Lake part of University of Texas at Austin Lecture Series

October 2017

David Lake, FAIA is lecturing at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture on October 30th as part of the Fall Lecture Series. David’s lecture will focus on creating visionary, sustainable districts in growing urban environments.

Lewis McNeel presenting at AIA Austin Food for Thought Program

November 2017

Associate Lewis McNeel will present as part of AIA Austin's Food for Thought program, promoting continuing education on the latest techniques, practices, products and technology in design and construction. His session, entitled Designing Large Retail Environments for Net Zero Energy Performance, will focus on Lake|Flato's TreeHouse Dallas home improvement store as a case study. Lewis will present strategies implemented in the TreeHouse design such as adjusting the building's physical form, differentiating the many functions of light, and leveraging on-site power generation and storage technologies to achieve net zero building performance. Sign up here.

David Lake Presents on Green Business Panel

November 2017

On November 28th, Founding Partner David Lake will participate on a panel entitled The Business of Green. Hosted in Austin, Texas, by The Atlantic Live, the forum gathers both business leaders and consumers from across diverse industries to explore the way businesses are actively employing sustainability to protect the environment, reduce emissions and promote a culture of environmental stewardship. 

Tune in to the live stream at 3PM CST here.
Sound off your thoughts using #BizOfGreen


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Heather Holdridge Elected to Class of 2017 LEED Fellows

October 2017

Lake|Flato's Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge has been honored in the class of 2017 LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program honors LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability. Mahesh Ramanujam, GBCI & USGBC President & CEO noted that “LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans the globe without the leadership and innovative thinking of the dynamic professionals that make up this class of LEED Fellows. The contributions, work, and ideas of these individuals plays a significant role in propelling the green building movement forward while helping to continue to advance our mission of green buildings for all within this generation ." 


LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years of exceptional impact in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI. Congrats, Heather! Read more about this year's Fellows and the LEED Fellows Program, here.


Lake|Flato Attending ASLA Annual Conference & EXPO

October 2017

Lake|Flato is dedicated to collaborating with clients, designers, and landscape architects that embody our vision of thoughtfully integrating the built and natural environment. We will be attending the upcoming American Society of Landscape Architecture Conference in Los Angeles, CA from October 20th - October 23rd. We invite you to stop by our booth (#1353) and say hello to our conference attendees: Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow and Jennifer Young, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.


AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture

September 2017

Associate Partner Jonathan Smith, AIA, LEED AP BD+C will give the closing keynote lecture at the annual AIA Oklahoma Conference on October 20th. Jonathan will share his experience working on the Austin Central Library to address the conference theme: Better Communities by Design. 


ULI Fall Meeting & Expo

September 2017

Lake|Flato will attend the annual Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting - an annual gathering of architects, planners and real estate professionals to share thought leadership on the urban environment. The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan will also be recognized as a model for sustainable urban development. Look for Lake|Flato attendees: Robert Hoang, LEED GA and Todd Wascher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Lake|Flato Responds to Hurricane Harvey

August 2017

We have all seen the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Most members of the Lake|Flato family have relatives, friends, clients and/or colleagues that have been directly impacted by this powerful storm and its aftermath. Our office has galvanized several efforts to help provide relief — a number of Lake|Flato employees traveled to Houston with boats to assist with water rescues. LF employees opened their homes as shelter for evacuees. The firm is conducting a matching contributions program for employees donating through the Red Cross, and organized several volunteer days to help at the local San Antonio and Central Texas Food Banks as well as other organizations who are aiding Houston. We strongly encourage our fellow design community to get involved in relief efforts. For more information on how you can help, review the links below. 


We continue to keep all affected by Hurricane Harvey in our thoughts and stand in solidarity with you. Lake|Flato remains committed to the resilient and climate-sensitive design of all communities.


FEMA Disaster Resources 

Red Cross Disaster Relief Resources

Texas Society of Architects Post-Disaster Safety Assessment

Heather Holdridge Featured in Architect Magazine Video Series on Collaboration

August 2017

Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge was featured in ARCHITECT Magazine's architectural practice video series. "Our firm is a really collaborative environment. We really thrive on collaborating with each other. We also really enjoy collaboarting with users, owners and our consultants as well...It's been a meaningful way for us to learn a lot and integrate other perspectives into our work." In this video, Heather describes Lake | Flato's best practices towards acheiving buildings that exemplify the best in sustainability through a culture of engagement. She specifically highlights initiatives that enrich our firmwide deep commitment to holistic design, including Sustainability Champions — a firmwide, weekly knowledge-sharing session — and our growing R&D program. Watch the video, here.

2030 Report Shows Growth and Room for Engagement

August 2017

As Co-Chair of the AIA 2030 Commitment, Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge published a collaborative summary report of 2030 commitment results. Established in 2006, the 2030 Challenge calls for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The AIA 2030 Commitment provides a national framework for design professionals to track progress towards meeting this challenge. Entitled 2030 By the Numbers, the aforementioned 2016 report demonstrates success by firms meeting the challenge of designing for a carbon-neutral future. Reported projects averaged a predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) percent savings of 42 percent in 2016, up from 38 percent the prior year. These results are significant hope for the growing community of firms who are working to combat climate change through education, energy modeling, advocacy and promotion of environmental stewardship. Lake | Flato remains committed to this important vision for our society. Read this year's report, here.

Heather Holdridge to Serve as USGBC Louisiana Sustainability Awards Juror

August 2017

Lake | Flato Sustainability Director Heather Holdridge will serve on the jury for the 2017 USGBC Louisiana Chapter Sustainability Awards. The program moves beyond solely promoting designs that include sustainable strategies to improve building performance, human health, and resilience. The award additionally recognizes projects and deasign teams that make clear and evident choices to build better buildings and communities through sustainable design. Learn more about the USGBC Louisiana Chapter, here.