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Lake|Flato collaborates closely with institutions and communities to establish the natural, historical and cultural contexts of its Civic and Cultural projects. Through our designs, we seek to reinforce how a community uses public architecture to express its unique values and highest aspirations. 

Whether a landmark building or a simple utilitarian structure, each civic and cultural project by Lake|Flato embraces its climate and adapts with ease. Our projects strive to capture the spirit of a place by expressing the intangible aspects of culture while balancing the tangible goals of building performance with adherence to budget and schedule. Working alongside communities, our design process explores solutions grounded by a reverence for a region’s culture, architectural history, local building traditions, and environmental context. 



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You leave every place better than you found it and inspire the best behavior and happiness of those lucky enough to encounter your work.
Steve McDowell, FAIA
Principal, BNIM