Format: 2023-04
Format: 2023-04


Celebrating One Year of House Zero

March 2023

House Zero is turning one!


One year ago, ICON and Lake|Flato revealed House Zero’s 3D-printed technology at SXSW, unveiling a new architectural language that optimizes the performance capabilities and design opportunities of 3D-printed concrete.


Designed to address the need for resilient housing solutions, House Zero reveals new ways to create shelter by striving for more efficiency in the waste-prone home-building process. Built for permanence and resilience, the house’s flexible plan, healthy interiors, and climate-responsive design support ever-evolving patterns of living and aging-in-place that a family experiences over the course of a lifetime. 


Watch the full short film “Inventing Architecture: The 3-D Printed House Zero” here.


New San Antonio Airport Terminal Preliminary Design Plans Unveiled

March 2023

As a proud San Antonio based firm, Lake|Flato is  honored to be a part of the design team for the San Antonio International Airport’s new terminal in partnership with Corgan Inc. The preliminary design will include a 17-gate expansion, more than 850,000 square feet of new terminal space, and a landscaped, riparian paseo between the curb and terminal that references the River Walk experience and tells the story of San Antonio’s creeks and spring-fed waterways. Outdoor courtyards will showcase the Texas sun, and additional concession space will allow new shops and restaurants to thrive.


The airport is the doorstep to our beautiful city. The paseo, as you enter, will say you’ve arrived in San Antonio. We’re putting San Antonio on the map with every step of this much-needed project. We’re building a world-class airport to give people more options domestically and internationally.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg


Read more about the preliminary design here

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Tenna Florian Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

February 2023

Lake|Flato Partner Tenna Florian is one of 73 AIA members honored with elevation to the 2023 AIA College of Fellows! This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level.

Recognized for her design leadership and distinguished portfolio of work, Tenna is a leader for today but also for tomorrow. Tenna finds purpose in creating architecture that promotes environmental stewardship through high-performance design that is elegantly functional and a pure expression of what is essential and beautiful. As a leader of Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio, she has earned a national reputation for designing well-crafted, climate responsive buildings that thoughtfully engage with the landscape and strengthen the essential bond between humans and nature. Embracing the belief that good design is about people, Tenna’s work expands the definition of sustainable design to embrace inclusion, equity, and wellness, which is not only evident in her work, but also in her civic involvement and practice leadership. Her integrated approach to architecture responds holistically to pressing environmental and social needs, setting a standard of accountability and collaboration that moves the profession towards a more just and beautiful future.


Marine Education Center Seleted as the Winner of America by Design: Architecture

December 2022

The Marine Education Center at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory has been named the season one winner of America by Design: Architecture, a television series produced by CBS that shines a spotlight on American architectural innovation, ingenuity, and design excellence to a broad audience. The competition brought together creative architectural projects from residences to skyscrapers, with an esteemed panel of judges comparing the merits of each. Impressed by how the Marine Education Center harmonizes with its surrounding environment through environmentally-sensitive design strategies that also support coastal resiliency and educational efforts, the judges unanimously selected the project as the season’s winner. This University of Southern Mississippi (USM) facility includes outdoor classrooms, laboratories, administration offices, assembly spaces, exhibition areas, and a pedestrian suspension bridge where researchers have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the ecologically critical bayou and tidal wetlands of Mississippi.


Jessie Kastler, the Director of the Marine Education Center, hopes this recognition will encourage people to visit the center again or perhaps for the first time. “When they do visit or participate in an educational program, the recognition reinforces the concepts we teach about environmental sustainability and hazard resilience. It also brings attention to USM’s linked, multidisciplinary efforts to understand the ocean and coasts, improve coastal resilience and support the blue economy,” shares Kastler in this press release from USM.


University of Denver Career for Career Achievement Receives LEED Platinum v.4 Certification

December 2022

A showcase of sustainability on the University of Denver campus, the Burwell Center for Career Achievement recently received LEED Platinum v.4 certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Each layer of the building provides functionality for students and alumni, comprehensively integrating Career Advising and Advancement initiatives across the building’s three floors. Designed in collaboration with Shears Adkins Rockmore, the Center uses 70% less energy than comparable university buildings and contributes a 62% reduction in estimated global warming potential through its all-mass timber structural system – one of the first in Colorado. A recipient of a 2022 Mayor’s Design Award for the City of Denver, the Burwell Center creates a biophilic space for students and alumni that harmonizes with the natural and built context. 


2022 AIA San Antonio Design Excellence Awards

November 2022

We are honored to be recognized by our local AIA San Antonio chapter with 2022 Design Excellence Awards for the Holdsworth Center and Bridge House.


The Holdsworth Center demonstrates that "Education Holds Worth" and that educators are deserving of a place where they can grow their skills. Envisioned as a timeless destination that emphasizes a sense of community, the Holdsworth Center is a retreat for public educators that promotes reflection, thought and dialogue. As a new resource for world-class training and leadership development for Texas’ public educators, the campus thoughtfully connects users to the native landscape and neighboring Lake Austin.    


Bridge House is a LEED for Homes Platinum house sited next to a private ravine that connects to Houston’s greater bayous and was designed as a place of respite within the city. By building on the existing footprint, protecting existing trees, harvesting geothermal energy for mechanical systems, collecting rainwater, and storing it underground in the existing pool cavity, Bridge House minimizes its environmental impact in innovative ways. Bridge House explores the use of a variety of bridges: a raised entry walkway through the site, a hanging bridge on the second floor of the house, and a walkway from the house to outdoor amenities and is aptly named for these exterior and interior bridges. The result is an artful, original, and sustainable home set within a peaceful natural environment.  

Congratulations to all the 2022 AIA San Antonio Award Winners! See the full list here. 


House Zero Named to TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2022

November 2022

Every year for over two decades, TIME Magazine editors have highlighted the year’s most impactful new products and ideas. We are proud to share that House Zero, a collaboration between ICON and Lake|Flato, has been named to TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022.

Pushing the boundaries of traditional home building methods, House Zero is a demonstration project showcasing the performance capabilities of 3D printing. Designed to address the need for resilient housing solutions, House Zero reveals new ways to create shelter by striving for more efficiency in the waste-prone home building process. Built for permanence and resilience, the house’s flexible plan and climate-responsive design supports ever-evolving patterns of living and aging-in-place that a family experiences over the course of a lifetime.

TIME’s list of Best Inventions features 200 groundbreaking inventions including life-mapping artificial intelligence, diamonds made from excess carbon in the air, and the most powerful telescope ever – inventions that are changing how we live, work, play, and think about what’s possible. We’re proud to be among this list of innovators.

See the full list of TIME Best Inventions of 2022: TIME Magazine Best Inventions of 2022

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2022 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards

November 2022

We are honored that three of our projects, the Holdsworth CenterMarfa Ranch, and Hotel Magdalena have been recognized with 2022 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. These awards honor the best nationally and internationally significant new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and built by the world’s leading architects.


The Holdsworth Center is a first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to the training and leadership development of Texas public educators demonstrating that "Education Holds Worth" and that educators deserve a place where they can grow their skills. Designed to encourage feelings of health and wellness, 84% of the site is dedicated to beneficial open spaces that also support water, wildlife, and ecological conservation. This living-learning programming thoughtfully connects visitors to the native landscape and neighboring Lake Austin in a healthy, sustainable, and resilient campus setting. 


Situated amongst the vast west Texas skies, majestic mountains, and active desert landscape, Marfa Ranch reflects Marfa’s unique environment and its artistic community. Embracing its ever-changing desert landscape by having the rooms centered around the courtyard, the structures connect users to the surrounding landscape. The house is built of two-foot-thick walls of rammed earth, placing regional materials at the forefront as a nod to how the area’s earliest structures were built while creating a high thermal mass ideal for Marfa’s climate.


Hotel Magdalena is an inviting oasis situated in one of Austin's most beloved neighborhoods. Its deeply shaded porches, inviting outdoor spaces and lushly planted terraces were thoughtfully designed to draw guests outdoors, connecting them with the courtyards and landscape. The result is a unique experience that pays homage to Hill Country Lake houses and the slopes of natural artesian springs in the region, where Texans have historically sought relief from the harsh summer heat. The Hotel has become a showcase of innovative design, sustainability, and sense of place within its urban environment. 


Click here to learn more about the 2022 American Architecture Awards.  

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Trinity University Celebrates Grand Opening of Dicke Hall

October 2022

We recently celebrated the grand opening of Trinity University’s Dicke Hall, the first mass timber higher education building in San Antonio. Combining beauty and design performance with a unique structural system, Dicke Hall reduces the building’s impact on the environment while expressing the university’s forward-looking commitment to innovation in liberal arts education and environmental stewardship. The craft of the building’s mass timber structure pays homage to the campus’s mid-century modern design heritage, extending Trinity’s tradition of sustainable building into the 21st century by incorporating the latest green solutions, sustainability practices, and construction methods.

Dicke Hall’s sustainability features include a combination of passive and active system strategies that, based on projected data, will result in an estimated 90% energy savings over baseline expectations for a building of this type. By using mass timber, Dicke Hall reduces greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption while modeling responsible stewardship of the environment. The carbon sequestered by Dicke Hall’s mass timber structure is equivalent to 374 acres of U.S. forest land for one year. 98% of regularly occupied spaces have access to daylight and views to the outdoors, creating a vibrant, productive environment for Trinity’s home for the humanities

We were honored to be a part of the Trinity University Dicke Hall team with Turner South Texas, Rialto Studio, Integral Group, DCI Engineers, Intelligent Engineering Services, Datum Engineers, Martin/Martin, Inc., Design Think Consulting and Studio Lumina. 

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Join us at the 2022 AIA National Conference

June 2022

We are thrilled to be participating in the 2022 AIA Conference on Architecture in Chicago. Please join us for the following sessions: 


Building Design Cultures for Climate Action: Technology, Workflows & Teams

Wednesday, June 22 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | McCormick Place, Room S404

Speakers: Dan Stine, AIA (Lake|Flato); Mark Herter, AIA (Centerbrook Architects & Planners); Jack Rusk (EHDD Architecture); Misha Semenov, AIA (Centerbrook Architects & Planners)


Lessons from Post-Occupancy Energy Evaluation

Thursday, June 22 | 2-3:30pm | McCormick Place, Room 2404

Lake|Flato Speakers: Sam Rusek, Assoc. AIA; Sunnie Diaz, AIA; Kate Sector, Assoc. AIA; Gus Starkey


Performing Beautifully: The COTE Top Ten Awards

Friday, June 24 | 2:00-3:30pm | McCormick Place, Room S105

Speakers: Lewis McNeel, AIA (Lake|Flato); Margaret Cavenaugh, AIA (Studio Gang); Betsy del Monte, FAIA (Cameron MacAllister Group); Billie Faircloth, AIA (KieranTimberlake/COTE) 


ILFI Just Label: Transforming Your Company with Transparency

Saturday, June 25 | 8:30 - 9:30am | McCormick Place, Room S102

Speakers: Heather Holdridge, Assoc. AIA (Lake|Flato); Amy Gilbertson, FAIA (Trivers) 



Announcing our 2022 Firm Advancements

June 2022

We are excited to announce our firm’s 2022 promotions, including five new Partners and three Associate Partners. Our growing next generation of leaders will continue to carry out Lake|Flato’s commitment to thoughtful architecture that responds to both human and environmental needs. Please join us in congratulating our staff for their passionate commitment to design excellence!



Adrianna Swindle, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C 

Chris Krajcer, AIA, NCARB 

Joseph Benjamin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Matt Wallace, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Todd Wascher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 


Associate Partners 

Graham Beach, AIA 

Laura Kaupp Jensen, AIA 


Chief of Operations 

Scott Lelieur, AIA 


Project Architects 

Jenna Steinbeck, AIA, IIDA 

Melina Phillips, AIA, LEED AP 

Sunnie Diaz, AIA, LEED AP 


Project Directors 

Cameron Goldsmith 

Casey Nelson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Dan Carter, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

James Thoreen, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

John Taylor Schaffhauser, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Nyssa Sherazee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Sam Xu, AIA 


Project Designers 

Catherine St-Pierre 

Darby Prendergast, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP 

Joseph Mills, AIA 

Lindsay Belliveau 

Sameer Rayyan, LEED AP BD+C 


Marketing Manager 

Lyanne Guarecuco 


Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

May 2022

We are honored that four of our projects have been recognized with 2022 AIA TxA Design Awards from the Texas Society of Architects: Courtyard House, Marfa Ranch, Hotel Magdalena and House Zero (in collaboration with ICON).

These awards are a testament to the creativity and ingenuity our design teams dedicate to our clients and the environments where we work. We are deeply grateful for the recognition. Congratulations to all 2022 honorees! To learn more about the 2022 Texas Society of Architects Design Award recipients, click here.


Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Awarded AIA COTE Top Ten Award

April 2022

We are honored the Knox College Whitcomb Art Center has been recognized with a 2022 AIA Committee on 
the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award
. The AIA COTE Top Ten Awards recognize ten innovative projects each year for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance. Lake|Flato leads the industry with 14 COTE Top Ten Awards, demonstrating our commitment to design performance & sustainability.


The Whitcomb Art Center creates a new home for the Knox College art program and serves as a civic bridging agent welcoming in and melding together the diverse cultural identities of the neighborhoods and districts surrounding the site: Knox’s traditional academic campus, Galesburg’s central business core, and the adjacent industrial warehouse district. The facility integrates the studio art and art history departments of Knox College in a new, light-filled, cost-effective, modern building anchored by a landscaped event and work courtyard. Inside, a series of double height studios, galleries, and critique spaces foster a vibrant interdisciplinary art community and program. 


With an extremely lean project budget, the Whitcomb Art Center reflects the self-described scrappy and unconventional community of Knox’s art department. Within this lean mindset every design decision contributes to multiple performance goals in a highly integrated way. The building is a high-performing workhorse shaped for efficient daylight capture and made of simple industrial materials assembled in surprising and elegant ways.


"This is a traditional form re-imagined in a unique and refreshing way. By using economical steel frame and reusing finishes, they made something special, taking a brown field and restoring the natural ecology, done beautifully. ”

- 2022 COTE Top Ten Award Jury 


Upon completion, the Whitcomb Art Center received LEED Gold certification. With the new facility up and running, art department chair Mark Holmes summarizes his department’s collective sense of success with the project and what the design team set out to do:


"A year or so into its life, the building has a palpable effect on students and faculty alike. For one thing, everyone loves to be there  we all spend more time helping or talking informally with students and just indulging our interest in the light, space, and shapes. The amount of daylight is a huge benefit."


Congratulations to the 2022 COTE Top Ten honorees! To see all 2022 AIA COTE Top Ten projects, click here.


Grand Opening: U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio

April 2022

Dedicated on April 20th, the San Antonio Federal Courthouse creates a dignified civic presence that celebrates San Antonio’s history and culture. The design team worked with the City of San Antonio, the General Services Administration (GSA), and several other Federal Agencies over twelve years to design a GSA Design Excellence project that represents the civic importance of a new federal courthouse while capturing the cultural identity of San Antonio. Delivering one of the nation’s most economically designed federal courthouses involved balancing the art of architecture with the science of high performance design. Currently on track to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Courthouse provides a compact footprint with light-filled courtrooms, workplaces, and a multi-purpose public atrium which maximize daylight for the benefit of building users. Energy-efficient and resource-conserving strategies reduce energy costs by 21% and provide an indoor water savings of 30%.


“In our built environment,” shares Lead Designer David Lake, “courthouses remain that rare example of an iconic symbol for justice and integrity housed in a uniquely ordered architectural presence. In this courthouse, the design team crafted a courthouse whose clarity of purpose and permanence were strengthened by the presence of light.”


2022 WoodWorks Wood Design Awards

April 2022

Informed by our ethos of designing in partnership with the land, Lake|Flato’s commitment to mass timber construction is a carbon-fighting strategy that celebrates the timeless qualities of beauty, nature, and craft. Three Lake|Flato projects — Hotel Magdalena in Austin, Texas, the University of Denver Burwell Center for Career Achievement in Denver, Colorado, and The Soto in San Antonio, Texas— are recipients of WoodWorks’ 2022 U.S. Wood Design Awards, which will be honored at the International Mass Timber Conference occurring this spring in Portland. These projects showcase the natural warmth and resiliency of wood while honoring the unique history and context of each site. To learn more about the 2022 WoodWorks Wood Design Award recipients, click here


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House Zero Opens Its Doors to Future of 3D Printed Housing

March 2022

LakeFlato and ICON, one of the nation’s leaders in advanced construction technologies, have unveiled House Zero, the first large-scale house completed as part of ICON's new Exploration Series of 3D-printed homes. 

Lake|Flato collaborated intensely with ICON’s software developers, robotics engineers and material scientists to create a new set of architectural strategies for printed concrete construction. In addition to demonstrating the benefits of 3D construction as an innovative building technology, House Zero is also a compelling and climate-responsive home connecting its inhabitants to a native Texas landscape in Austin’s urban context. Built for permanence and resilience, the house’s flexible plan supports ever-evolving patterns of living and aging-in-place that a family experiences over the course of a lifetime. 

“This welcoming, practical home design expands the performance capabilities of 3D printing technology and is unlike any other home we’ve designed to date,” shares Ashley Heeren, an Associate at Lake|Flato. “Designed for net-zero energy and to push the limit of additive manufacturing, House Zero also responds to the climate gracefully, celebrates materials and an innovative assembly process, and uses simple moves to accomplish many things at once,” states Lewis McNeel, an Associate Partner at Lake|Flato.

Tours of House Zero will be available during SXSW on March 13-14, 2022 from 9am to 6pm. Sign up today!


Respecting the Land: Lake|Flato Spring Events and Book Readings

March 2022

This spring, we eagerly await opportunities to share our place-based, sustainable ethos articulated in our latest book Lake|Flato Houses: Respecting the Land. From a digital open house with the Architectural League on March 4th to book talks in Texas in May and in New York in June, we look forward to connecting about design, architecture, and strategies for partnering with the land to create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted. 


Click the links to read more about each event. 


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Marine Education Center Receives 2022 AIA Honor Award for Architecture 

February 2022

The Marine Education Center at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is a recipient of a prestigious 2022 AIA Honor Award for Architecture. The award celebrates the best contemporary architecture that demonstrates excellence in design, sustainability, sense of place and purpose, highlighting how buildings and spaces can improve our lives. Designed to protect the ecological integrity of its hurricane-prone site, the Marine Education Center’s architecture highlights coastal building techniques that harmonize with the surrounding marine environment in ways that are resilient, sustainable, and durable. 


Steeped in its unique coastal setting, the Center supports a career-based working environment that relies on a blend of formal, informal, and free-choice thinking and higher education strategies that focus on the north-central Gulf of Mexico’s coastal ecosystems. Promoting careers in marine sciences and fostering community involvement, the center’s campus is a place to study and research environmental education and coastal resilience.  


Available Now – Lake|Flato Houses: Respecting the Land

December 2021

We are thrilled to announce the release of our book Lake|Flato Houses: Respecting the Land published by Rizzoli.

While our firm has grown considerably over the past four decades, our original desire to build in partnership with the land has not wavered. We consider the desire to create projects that are rooted in their particular places and that respond to their natural environments not only meaningful, but also increasingly resonant and relevant. This ethos is perhaps most clearly conveyed in our houses – the firm’s first projects – which meld architecture and landscape in ways that continue to endure and evolve.

Houses are among the most intimate spaces we design, and the projects in this book range from ranches in Texas and Wyoming to family homes in upstate New York. Focusing on 16 houses built between 2014 and 2020, the book demonstrates an approach to residential design that begins with the land.

Available now 

Published by Rizzoli
Foreword by Ed Mazria
Introduction & essays by Lake|Flato
Project texts by Helen Thompson
Edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda
Graphic design by Denise De Leon & Lucia B. Bauza


TxA Conference and Design Expo

October 2021

This year's 82nd annual Texas Society of Architects Conference and Expo is occuring in San Antonio from October 7-9! Please see below for opportunities to learn about our projects and people that will be featured as part of the conference. 


Carraro Residence Tour - October 9, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

We are honored the Carraro Residence has been recognized with the 25 Year Award. The Carraro Residence has stood the test of time: first as a private home and now as a destination for guests and events. Contributing to an identifiable Texas design vocabulary, the project is one of the earliest representations of Lake|Flato's ethos of stewarding the land and repurposing local materials in inventive ways. Click here to read more.


Young Professsional Achievement Award: Sophia Razzaque 

Sophia Razzaque, AIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP, is the recipient of TxA's Award for Young Professional Achievement. An Associate at Lake|Flato's Austin Development studio, Sophia's contributions to the design profession are numerous and diverse - spanning advocacy of social equity and EDI initiatives to numerous lectures, publications, and industry leadership contributions. Click here to read more.


TxA Design Award: New Mexico School for the Arts

NMSA is one of only 15 projects to receive a 2021 TxA Design Award. The project repurposes over a dozen different buildings built across 140 years into an inspirational campus for the nation's only public boarding school for the arts. (Completed in collaboration with Studio Southwest Architects.) Click here to read more. 


Say It Loud - Women in Architecture Exhibit

We are thrilled Adrianna Swindle, Ashley Heeren, Kerry Phillips, Laura Kaupp Jensen, Sophia Razzaque, Tenna Florian and Vicki Yuan from Lake|Flato will be featured in this year's Women in Architecture "Say it Loud" exhibit. The exhibit will be showcased in Tower View lobby, located directly below the Hemisfair Ballroom. For more details, click here.