Format: 2020-10
Format: 2020-10


WORKWELL Coalition: Navigating healthy, sustainable workplace renewals

July 2020

Lake|Flato is honored to partner with industry-leading peers who share our mission to create workplaces focused on the health and wellbeing of occupants. The WORKWELL Coalition is an integrated team offering turnkey multidisciplinary expertise to reshape and re-imagine high-performance workspaces and bring your staff back to work safely during this new normal.


The WORKWELL Coalition, consisting of architecture, interior design, strategic planning, engineering and construction firms, has assembled a menu of services and a roadmap to navigate healthy and sustainable workplace re-entry in response to COVID-19. The Coalition consists of Lake|Flato Architects, AEI Affiliated Engineers, Dialog, EcoAmmo, Entro, PLASTARC, stok and Zetlin & De Chiara.  


For decades, Lake|Flato has approached each client and project as an opportunity to create more vibrant and collaborative spaces that improve the health and well-being of our clients. The WORKWELL Coalition is an extension of this mission and is uniquely positioned to respond to the specific workplace requirements of each client. Our approach to human centered environments and biophilic design enables us to positively affect both human and ecological well-being as we thoughtfully reimagine workplaces for the utmost health and safety of their occupants.


Safe and effective return to work strategies should consider a multitude of multi-disciplinary factors ranging from individual behavioral training, workspace configurations and telework, and building systems performance. These policies and systems must be coordinated to address the needs of the future workplace. The WORKWELL Coalition offers a menu of services and a clearly defined process to navigate healthy and sustainable workplace re-entry in response to the unique culture of each organization.


The WORKWELL Coalition is an outgrowth of The Global Design Alliance (GDA), an international network of AEC Industry thought leaders with experience collaborating on projects ranging from design and construction to diversity and inclusion initiatives. With a shared set of values and a history of collaboration, the WORKWELL Coalition is poised to address the challenges facing corporations, institutions and nonprofits across North America.


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Lake|Flato Awarded Two 2020 AIA COTE Top Ten Awards

May 2020

Lake|Flato Architects is honored to have two projects recognized with 2020 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Awards: the Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas, a Joint Venture project with Shepley Bulfinch, and the University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in collaboration with unabridged Architecture & Studio Outside Landscape Architects.


Each year, The AIA COTE Top Ten Awards program recognizes ten innovative projects around the world for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance. The COTE Top Ten Awards are the architecture industry’s highest recognition for sustainable design excellence. Lake|Flato, a San Antonio and Austin based firm, leads the industry with 13 COTE Top Ten Awards, demonstrating our commitment to design performance and sustainability.


Congratulations to the 2020 honorees! See the full list here.


Epoch Tasting Room & MFAH Center for Conservation win TxA Design Awards

May 2020

We are honored the distinguished 2020 TxA Design Awards Jury including Stella Betts of LevenBetts in New York City; Dan Kaplan, FAIA, of FXCollaborative in New York City; Kirsten R. Murray, FAIA, of Olson Kundig in Seattle; and Michel Rojkind of Rojkind Arquitectos in Mexico City have selected two Lake|Flato projects to receive 2020 TxA Design Awards: Epoch Tasting Room and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation


To see the full list of 2020 honorees, click here.


San Antonio Food Bank: Lots of Love Fundraiser

April 2020

Lake|Flato is supporting the San Antonio Food Bank through the LOTS OF LOVE fundraiser organized by local business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LOTS OF LOVE initiative is seeking to raise $1 million to create satellite food distribution points in vacant parking lots of businesses throughout the city in an effort to reduce crowding and wait times at SAFB’s main distribution points, making it easier to get food and resources to those in need. To support the San Antonio Food Bank and to learn more about the LOTS OF LOVE initiative, click here:

We are in awe of the tireless work San Antonio Food Bank continues to do for our local community. Our Lake|Flato family is honored to support the San Antonio Food Bank with collective donations totaling more than $33,000! Please consider donating here:


Lake|Flato's Covid-19 Response

March 2020

At Lake|Flato, we are engaging in many conversations both internally and with peers and outside experts about how to navigate this time of uncertainty. Throughout, our focus remains our people, their families, our clients and our communities— ensuring they are safe, healthy and supported. Because of our incredible people, and the swift work of our technology team, we have pivoted to a 100% remote organization and are continuing the great work we have always done, just as effectively and just as efficiently.


We’re staying connected and positive, enjoying the glimpses into each other’s living rooms, seeing kids, pets and work-from-home set ups. It’s an incredible privilege that our staff is able to work from home to support our clients— one we don’t take for granted. Everyone at Lake|Flato is doing our best to keep it together while staying apart, to stay positive, and to stay at home to help flatten the curve. We are rising to the occasion, knowing the outcome will be a better, stronger more cohesive organization of people by virtue of the trial we are collectively going through.


MFAH Center for Conservation Wins 2020 Wood Design Award

January 2020

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation has been recognized with a 2020 WoodWorks Wood Design Award. The building leverages an innovative structural strategy utilizing both mass timber and steel structure. It is the first installation of Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) panels in North America and was prefabricated, panelized and lifted into place, resulting in quicker on-site construction. Congratulations to all of this year's WoodWorks Wood Design Award winners— to see a video of all the projects, click here.


Dwell: "This Spectacular Texas Retreat Cascades Down a Wooded Hillside"

February 2020

"Cantilevered indoor/outdoor spaces and towering walls of glass give this Rollingwood home a tree house–like appeal." To see the complete Home Tour of our Rollingwood Residence in Dwell, click here. 


Plans revealed for a state-of-the-art tech center at H-E-B's San Antonio headquarters

January 2020

We’re thrilled to collaborate with H-E-B to bring to life their vision for their new downtown campus, further expanding its technology base in the Alamo City. Starting next year, the company will begin construction of a new building located in the heart of the Arsenal campus in downtown San Antonio. To learn about the new H-E-B Arsenal Tech Center, click here.


Dwell: "One Family’s Weekend Retreat in East Texas Lets Them Practically Live Outside"

January 2020

"The ideal weekend retreat is one that allows its occupants to completely disconnect from their day-to-day lives and escape to another world—and it’s hard to imagine a more successful realization of this concept than Aegean Pool House."  For an inside look at our Aegean Pool House project in Dwell Magazine, click here


David Lake & Ted Flato in Dwell Discussing Regional Design

November 2019

For their Made in America issue, Dwell consulted the top architects of each U.S. region to discuss the current state of American design—plus the shared values and challenges that define the design ethos in their pocket of the country. Click here to read the responses.


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 3rd Place: Austin Central Library

September 2019

Our short film "A Building Shaped by Light: Austin Central Library" produced by Bluestack Media received 3rd place 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.