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Unsung Architects: Hassan Fathy & Helen Liu Fong

Unsung Architects is a series celebrating architects not often highlighted in academia with the intent to collectively educate and provide new perspectives within the architecture discipline. HASSAN FATHY: Hassan Fathy (1900-1989), a regional modernist, was Egypt’s most well-known architect in the 20th century, but his (controversial) popularity did not extend beyond the region. His formative years as an architect were during a time when Egypt was within its struggle to gain sovereignty against the British. It was also a time when Romanticism & Enlightenment were thriving, creating waves...
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EDRA | Researchers in Professional Practice

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This May 19th-23rd, hundreds of academic researchers and design practitioners will gather virtually for the 52 nd annual Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference to share new research-based knowledge about the built environment, with a focus this year on just environments. Presentations in the past have covered topics as wide-ranging as design technology, sustainability art, ecodistricts, and workplace design, with most work addressing some aspect of the climate crisis, wellness and/or equity. Besides allowing fun glimpses into countless ongoing research efforts, EDRA...
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INVESTIGATIONS: Eco-Senior Living

Wood and steel canopy over an outdoor wood deck surrounded by stone walls and water features.
Investigations Team: Andrew Herdeg, Kelly Weckman, Allison Peitz We are at a critical point in time in which the “silver wave” of the baby boomer generation is growing rapidly and beginning to enter retirement age. This large cohort of seniors will need housing, and ideally, housing that can fit their changing needs as they age. There is a growing desire to age in place and avoid the upheaval of displacement so late in life. Senior living communities that can adapt to the changing needs of aging seniors are becoming a commodity, and as this sector grows there is an opportunity to explore...
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Design Performance at L|F

Design Performance at Lake|Flato Architects The mission of the Design Performance team at Lake|Flato is to be the preeminent international practice for the integration of design and sustainability. Design performance provides a clear path to achieving this vision by integrating design with building performance, technology, research, and innovation. Here at Lake|Flato, there are three tiers of communication employed throughout our firm to support projects and promote design performance. It starts with the firm’s dedicated design performance team who is dedicated to advancing sustainability in...
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Better Know an LFer: Mary Beth Lineberry

Mary Beth Lineberry
We are thrilled to welcome Mary Beth as our new Director of Branding and Market Strategy! Mary Beth officially began at the firm virtually a week ago, and will be joining us in San Antonio in the near future. She is eager to dive into her new role and looks forward to helping our Marketing team grow thought leadership, brand recognition and strategy that strengthens Lake|Flato's mission. To read her professional bio, click here . For the fun existential questions, keep scrolling: Hometown/Current City: I’m originally from Atlanta, GA and currently living in Charlottesville, VA. I’ll be...
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A Look Inside Hotel Magdalena, the first Mass Timber boutique hotel in North America

Hotel Magdalena
Located in the heart of Austin’s South Congress neighborhood, the recently opened Hotel Magdalena is the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America. The mass timber wood structure honors the history of the site including the former 1950s Austin Terrace Motel – previously constructed of exposed heavy timber beams and columns in the mid-century modern aesthetic. The design team, including Lake|Flato, operator Bunkhouse Group and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects sought to reference this history and material aesthetic by creating warm, inviting structures. Scroll down for a look inside Hotel...
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Lake|Flato's Just Label

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Lake|Flato has a Just. label through the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Today's post is about what the Just. label is and shares our label. Just. is a voluntary program that promotes transparency within organizations to promote social justice and enhance employee engagement. This, of course, does not mean member firms are perfect. Rather, it allows each firm to start where they are at, and improve on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Just label has represented one of our first “objective” steps in our EDI journey, a way to understand our baseline and make progress. From...
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Lake|Flato Announces Staff Promotions

Lake|Flato Promotions
We are excited to embrace the next generation of leaders with 17 well-deserved promotions, including three new Associate Partners. They 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! Associate Partners Lewis Mcneel, AIA ; Adrianna Swindle, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C ; Ryan Yaden, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Associates Abheek Sarkar, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP ; Michael Britt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC Project Architects Grace Boudewyns...
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Kelso House Renovation Pursues Zero Carbon Certification

Lake|Flato is passionate about public service and sharing our design and sustainability expertise. We are a committed member of Public Architecture's 1+ program, which fulfills a yearly pledge to contribute at least 1% of our design staff's total project hours toward pro bono design work focused on non-profit clients working for the public good. We have added a new project, the Kelso House, to our 1+ pledge this year. Kelso House is a historic Monte Vista home designed by Atlee B. Ayres for Judge Winchester Kelso in 1906. The property was later donated by Cappy Lawton to San Antonio’s Power...
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Energy Calendars

Each of these radial calendars represent one year of building energy use for a few different buildings that Lake Flato has studied in the past few years. Each dot represents one hour of energy use, with a larger dot indicating more energy used. The color of each dot represents the outside temperature, from 40°F in blue, to 90°F in red. Midnight is on the inside of the circle, with 11 pm on the outside. Lake Flato monitors the energy use of several buildings as a means to learn more about how energy is actually used after a house or building is occupied. The energy use is often radically...

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