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Hotel Magdalena in Austin's Music Lane district is officially open

September 2020

Located in the heart of Austin's South Congress District next to the new Music Lane development, Hotel Magdalena, the latest hotel for Bunkhouse Group, is the first mass-timber boutique hotel constructed in North America. Hotel Magdalena's five-building complex was designed around the site's existing Live Oak heritage trees, which became the focal points for outdoor gathering spaces and private suite gardens.


Read about Hotel Magdalena in The New York Times Style Magazine, Texas Monthly, Forbes and Condé Nast Traveler.


Houston Chronicle: Texas architects help Houston couple build modern farmhouse in Washington County

September 2020

“The firm is really rooted in finding the architecture within the landscape, melding those two together...Our first reaction is always to the site, appreciating the land and trying to identify what’s unique about the property.”


Our Washington County Ranch project was featured in The Houston Chronicle. To see the full story & photo gallery, click here.


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.