Format: 2017-10
Format: 2017-10


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

Ted Flato Lecturing at The University of New Mexico

August 2017

Founding Partner Ted Flato will lecture at The University of New Mexico as part of the School of Architecture & Planning Fall Lecture Series on August 25th at 5:30pm. Entitled “Embracing the Landscape,” Ted’s lecture will focus on a design ethos that seamlessly unites architecture and landscape as one — with outdoor rooms and courtyards becoming as important as the enclosed interior spaces. Ted will demonstrate how Lake | Flato works in harmony with the land to create projects of varying scales that are inherently sustainable and celebrate the spirit of their place. Learn more, here.

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.

Tenna Florian to Serve as AIA Asheville Design Awards Juror

August 2017

Associate Partner Tenna Florian will serve as a juror for the AIA Asheville Design Awards. As part of the greater AIA North Carolina Chapter Design Awards Program, the awards encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement by honoring the architectural team, clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. The awards also raise public consciousness of the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence. Tenna’s work on the Living Building Challenge Certified Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion exemplifies demonstrated excellence in these achievements. Read more about the awards program, 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.

Olmos Park Residence Featured in Interior Design Magazine

August 2017

“Overall, the man-made and the natural merge — Lake|Flato’s design ethos knows no boundaries.” Interior Design Magazine interviews Founding Partner Ted Flato and Associate Laura Kaupp Jensen about the design for an urban San Antonio dwelling. With “courtyards at the core,” Olmos Park Residence celebrates its site’s magnificent, three-century-old oaks in the wooded Olmos Basin. “The key to designing a successful house,” he continues, “is to leverage the outdoors.” — Ted Flato, FAIA. Read the article, here

Corey Squire Presenting at AIA Dallas Water Independence Lecture Series

August 2017

Sustainability Coordinator Corey Squire will present as part of the Water Independence Lecture Series hosted by AIA Dallas on August 8th. Water Independence is a comprehensive series that focuses on the importance of water conservation and creating projects that achieve net zero water results. Corey will present on a panel entitled “Session 01: Foundations,” focused on identifying methods to proactively measure water conservation and management effectiveness during the design and construction process. Attendees will learn how to define net zero water definitions and communicate the performance requirements of net zero site and building water usage, among other goals. Learn more, here.


Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Receives Metal Building Design Award

July 2017

"Our firm's ethos is to make the best use possible of all the resources available and let the resources be shown off in the best way possible … On pre-engineered metal buildings, it's natural to want to celebrate its unique shapes." The Knox College Whitcomb Art Center was recently honored with a 2017 Metal Architecture Design Award. In this article, Associate Lewis McNeel, AIA talks with Metal Architecture Magazine about designing a place where students can showcase and celebrate not only their artic creations, but the artistic process.