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Cecelia Smith

Former Intern Clay Returns to LF

Posted by on 7/28/15 at 02:56pm
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Clay Cottingham, a former intern at our office, recently returned to LF as a full-time LFer! In case you have forgotten, Clay is from Panama City, Florida. He left LF to finish completing coursework for a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

Sustainability: the Lake|Flato way

Posted by on 7/20/15 at 02:46pm
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With three weeks left as Lake|Flato’s sustainability intern, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about the firm and the opportunities I’ve had, as well as thank those of you who’ve contributed to my time here. Click to Read More

Seema Kairam

Porch House

Posted by on 7/17/15 at 09:25am
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A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Rand Pinson’s departure, we held a little in-house Porch House showcase. As someone who works in the land of 50,000+ sq ft commercial projects, it was a great opportunity for me to get a little insight into projects that are generally closer in scale to 5,000 sq ft. I learned a little history and a lot about the evolution of an idea. Porch House was started in the height of the recession, with the vision to create pre-fabricated residential homes, that could be assembled in the factory, and delivered to the site fully built. Miller Ranch, one of the first realized Porch Houses, was trucked to the site fully formed. 
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Cecelia Smith
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Kaitlyn is a fearless and surprising adventurer wrapped up in an unflappable calm and cheerful exterior. She traveled way down to Texas — site unseen — from Canada for an internship with Lake|Flato. She’d never set foot in this state before but took to this place and our wacky firm culture right away, as if our heat and humidity were second nature. She owns no car, and bicycles everywhere. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

LF Wishes Farewell to Steven

Posted by on 7/2/15 at 11:33am
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I’m not sure what the first floor south studio is going to do without Steven, not only did his meal schedule function as an perpetual time-clock, he always brought a smile and a laugh to every task at hand. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Jesse Quintana of LoopTech

Posted by on 6/24/15 at 09:14am
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On a recent site visit to the Bridge House in Houston, I caught our geothermal well drillers in action and asked them about the drilling process.  As an alternative to conventional air conditioning systems, geothermal heating and cooling takes advantage of the stable temperature of the earth via a series of vertical wells or loops, providing heating, cooling, and hot water at very high efficiencies. Because the heat exchange is buried underground, a geothermal HVAC system eliminates outdoor equipment, avoiding unsightly condensers and their associated noise and long term maintenance.  Although the initial cost of installation is higher than a conventional system, geothermal has been proven to provide a quick payback and very low operating costs. Currently, federal tax rebates offsetting 30% of the install cost expire at the end of 2016. Click to Read More

Brantley Hightower
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One of the things I have always appreciated about the work of Lake|Flato is their deep respect for vernacular buildings. Sure there are plenty of lessons offered by the monuments of great architecture from around the world, but there is also lots to learn form the more modest buildings in our own backyard of Texas. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

LF SAYS GOODBYE TO INTERN JORDAN TSAI

Posted by on 6/19/15 at 11:11am
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LF will miss our Jack-of-all-Trades-Jordan. Known for his late night creativity that often kept him up into the wee hours and made him rush in at 11 a.m., Jordan had no shortage of energy to offer towards any task. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

Sustainability Conferences of 2015

Posted by on 6/17/15 at 08:26am
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Remaining active in sustainability discussions is an important part of what we do at Lake | Flato.  Conferences offer the chance for invested community members to learn, share, mingle and feel inspired.  Here’s a summary of the conferences attended by LFers this year. Click to Read More

Josh Nieves

Lick List: Seattle/Portland

Posted by on 6/15/15 at 01:04pm
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A few weeks ago Sarah and I decided to visit the Northwest to meet up with some graduated Lake|Flato’ers and explore the landscapes and architecture of Seattle and Portland.  Along the way a few buildings joined the highly coveted Lick List! Click to Read More