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Rick Torres

The following interview takes the award for being the longest in the making.  And when I say longest, I mean it’s taken close to three years to get us here.  If memory serves me correctly, I remember flipping through Divisare, a few years ago, when I spotted the Tucson Mountain Retreat designed by Dust Architects. I instantly looked up their website (My name is Rick Torres and I have an design website addiction.) and soon discovered a body of work that displays the powerful effect that architecture, through elements like space, light, mass, and materiality can have on atmosphere and mood.  I then read that they were both graduates of Texas Tech University (Go Raiders!) and I knew I had to touch base. Shortly after, as co-chair of Latinos in Architecture, we partnered with the Architecture Program at the San Antonio College to host the school’s first architecture lecture (in over 50 years) and featured both Jesús Robles and Cade Hayes from Dust.  Their talk titled Origins, which expounded on topics of regionalism, materiality and craft continued (hazily) after the lecture over tacos and margs, and then a few weeks later via a nagging email interview (from said humble writer) Click to Read More Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Flake Radio #02: Longevity

Posted by on 10/26/17 at 07:09pm

Click here to listen to Flake Radio Episode #2: Longevity. How long should we design a building to last?       Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Flake Radio #01: Resilience

Posted by on 10/12/17 at 05:01am

Click here to listen to Flake Radio Episode #1: Resilience Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Related to the built environment, it describes the design strategies that can help buildings or communities survive natural or human caused disasters, and to thrive in their aftermath.  In this podcast we reflect on our experiences with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and explore the resilient design strategies that will allow our projects to support their communities during times of crisis. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Flake Radio #00: Introducing Flake Radio

Posted by on 10/11/17 at 04:11pm

Click Here to Listen to our Flake Radio Introduction Episode    We’ve had the Dogrun for several years, which has been a great way to share ideas within the office and with the community beyond. Now the Dogrun is evolving into a platform for sharing a variety of media forms. As we’ve grown and become increasingly busy, we’re finding that it’s easier to gather knowledge from our office by soliciting conversations, rather than asking people to write long form blog posts. And we talk so much anyway, we might as well record it. Introducing Flake Radio: The Lake Flato podcast for sharing ideas, projects, and stories. Click to Read More

Lewis McNeel

Congratulations to the Knox project team for delivering the first newly constructed campus facility since the early 70’s and important part of the Knox College commitment to liberal arts education. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Lake Flato R&D: Passive Solar Tracking

Posted by on 6/21/17 at 03:33pm

Architects have always had to deal with the challenges of solar energy, whether providing protection from it, or leveraging it for energy and daylight.  Like many other challenges, we have a habit of throwing brute force technology at it to solve the problem at hand. Building technologies of the past were simple and utilitarian by necessity, and today, we are finally returning to the simplicity of the past with elegant, biomemetic solutions. Lake Flato recently established a research and development program with the goal of providing a framework to promote innovative thinking in the integration of design and sustainability. This is the first in a series of posts documenting the initial round of research projects in the Fall of 2016. My challenge was this: to develop a system that rotates to face the sun throughout the day using nothing but solar heat energy from the sun itself, and no technical equipment. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Why Do Buildings Use Energy?

Posted by on 6/15/17 at 02:44pm

Ask “why did the chicken crossed the road?” and you’ll likely hear a common answer, “to get to the other side”. This may be true, but it’s only part of the story. Click to Read More

Greg Papay

Friends – Much like in business and higher education, the landscape of leadership and learning is transforming in the K-12 world. Grant Lichtman, a former client, is one of the strongest voices arguing for fundamental changes in how we educate our students. In his most recent blog post, Grant champions that architects have the types of qualities that would create successful school leadership and cites our very own Schools Studio as an example. Enjoy! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge
I participated in a panel discussion hosted by ARCHITECT Magazine's ARCHITECT Live.

A group of Lake|Flatonians traveled to Orlando, Florida recently to participate in this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture. This year’s theme was “Anticipate” – what it means to anticipate need and change in architecture and design. The profession has encountered challenges around climate change, diversity, and social consciousness in recent history, so it was interesting to overlay those discussions with the conference theme. Perhaps the most anticipated conference event was Michelle Obama in her first public appearance since leaving the White House in January. Her keynote speech was delayed by several minutes due to a postponed flight, and you could sense an almost electric fervor in the audience as everyone eagerly waited for her arrival. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

We have amassed some new interns in the past several months and we are excited to introduce them to our readers. All of them have diverse passions, varied interests, quirky talents and all have been a great fit to our growing LF team. Let’s meet them! Click to Read More