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Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Jesse Quintana of LoopTech

Posted by on 6/24/15 at 09:14am

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

Ashley Heeren

Last weekend, a team of LFers enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the great outdoors–we put a roof on a dance hall. And we have a time-lapse video to prove it (cast your vote for the carpenter)! Click to Read More


Craft Call: Casey Dunn

Posted by on 3/13/14 at 09:35am

Young Julius Schulman is what I like to call him during shoots, but Casey Dunn is not one to lose focus when on location. He possesses a keen ability to visually capture the story of a project with effortless panache. Perhaps the genius lies in his own talent of storytelling, a Click to Read More


Posted by on 10/9/13 at 02:22pm

Have you ever known a Renaissance woman? Linda Perez is the first person who comes to mind when I hear that moniker. Linda gained local fame when her emotional Pecha Kucha talk elicited both tears and a standing ovation (the only I’ve ever witnessed) at the Center for Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: RAD

Posted by on 4/17/13 at 06:38pm

“Each day I start my morning routine sitting down to breakfast at a RAD table outside under the giant pecan tree. The table’s beautiful craft and obsession to detail are evident even when groggily crunching on my granola. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Hunt Restorations

Posted by on 1/24/13 at 07:10pm

“It was a dark and stormy day, the scaffolding was shaking, Boogie was yelling at Bubba, “The sky’s about to fall!” The year 1981. Whiskey Canyon Ranch. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Cactus Max Fine Metal Artwork

Posted by on 10/28/12 at 10:29pm

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of working on any project is the opportunity to collaborate with skilled craftsmen and artisans. This is where detail visions come to life and are made, changed, and often remade, into real things, often not even components that are seen yet are required to execute a detail. When budgets allow, these fabrications are limited only by imagination and can range from custom steel doors, decorative railings, Click to Read More

Craft Call: Reznikoff Custom Furniture

Posted by on 2/18/12 at 08:00am

Residence for Art pantry – quarter sawn white oak  (Project Designer: Lake | Flato Architects)   “We make furniture, not cabinets” is a frequent Mike Reznikoff quote. His first appearance with LF was on the Lasater House in Fort Worth working with Karla and Ted. After more than 20 years he still returns to apply oil and refinish the wood. Bartlit was next (ask him about his warped walnut counter top) followed by the Residence for Art, Lake Austin Residence, and the Armstrong Residence. The SK Ranch is his first project in some time with LF. His Click to Read More

Craft Call: Graham Martin

Posted by on 1/8/12 at 10:30am

Interview By Matt Morris: “Graham Martin was a partner with Lake | Flato when the firm was just getting started in the late 80’s and through the 90’s. Before that he was an intern architect with Ford Powell and Carson along with David, Ted, Karla, Bill, and Matt. Graham was project architect on several notable projects like the Carraro House in Kyle Texas, the Zuni Grill on the River, Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

A Very Cobbled Christmas

Posted by on 12/22/11 at 11:42am

Watch out Zaha and Rem there is a new architect cobbler in town: Lake|Flato architect Cameron Smith has designed and crafted several pairs of custom footwear this holiday season. Some lucky folks will be sporting new custom kicks this holiday. Click to Read More