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Betsy Johnson

Last Thursday night Lake|Flato helped facilitate a Citywide Collaborative Session for the new San Antonio Children’s Museum. We found the event to be a joy and success, and would like to share the process behind it. Prior to the charrette, we brainstormed with the museum staff to come up with a few different activities that would be fun and engaging for attendees. With about 70 people participating, the crowd split into groups of 8-10 at round tables and took Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

Miller Ranch Field Trip

Posted by on 4/17/12 at 10:27am

A few days ago, on a flawless Friday afternoon, Lake Flato headed into the Texas Hill Country to visit the nearly complete Miller Ranch. Situated at the point where two rivers meet, this new house elegantly makes the most of an almost impossibly beautiful site. Below are a few pictures from the visit taken by Corey Leamon and myself. Also on the property is the Miller Porch House and a barn, both completed in 2010. Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

In 2009, the Boy Scouts of America purchased 10,600 acres of land in West Virginia adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area and began creating ‘The Summit’ to host their flagship event – Jamboree. The National Scout Jamboree gathers approximately 45,000 scouts, leaders and staff for 10 days every four years to enjoy activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, etcetera. Lake|Flato Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Library Project in Daylighting Paces

Posted by on 4/11/12 at 04:00pm

We recently hosted a two day daylighting workshop with Shepley Bullfinch, the UW Integrated Design Lab, and, Clanton and Associates to tune, hone and test the large six level day-lit atrium space at the heart of the new Austin Central Library design. Our good friends at the Integrated Design Lab brought down cameras, light meters and lots of knowledge to help guide us in this process. For the workshop we constructed a large 1/4″ Click to Read More

Laura Kaupp

I could be wrong, but I think most architects dream about spending the night in a house that they have designed.  You have basically lived in the house in your mind as it is being drawn, and mulled over every detail as it is being constructed, but you don’t really know, after the keys are turned over, what it is like to live in it.  So, this past weekend, I had the architectural pleasure of staying with clients in their house.  I was super excited they invited Click to Read More

jennifer young

Material Testing

Posted by on 3/28/12 at 03:41pm

About a year ago, Bob and I nailed two samples of Cambia wood siding to a south facing exterior wall of Jamey Garza’s studio compound in Marfa. After a year in the desert sun, through the diurnal fluctuations of temperature, the sample looks almost the same as a year ago. Cambia is a thermally modified wood (domestic and FSC). This treatment improves the dimensional stability and decay resistance of the wood. We plan to use Cambia on the Kruger’s deck and hope it performs the same way! Click to Read More

Lewis McNeel

Buildings, Landscapes and Xylophones

Posted by on 3/19/12 at 01:30am

In 2010 Lake | Flato completed work on the renovation of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas.  Since its opening the new facility has been getting a lot of use from its clever inhabitants who are continually exploring their building’s capacity for exhibiting and generating art, both in ways it was designed for and also in ways that the design team never could have predicted.  Click to Read More

Cameron Smith

Field Report: Kerr Lake House

Posted by on 3/16/12 at 10:00am

This weekend retreat for a San Antonio family is located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. With 2850 sf conditioned and 1150 sf unconditioned porches/outdoor areas, the house maintains a low profile from the street while opening up to the vistas of Lake LBJ. A central entry hall and staircase bisect public zones from private and allow direct access down through the house to the lake. While the conditioned portions of the house are humbly grounded to the sloping Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Field Report: River Bench Residence

Posted by on 2/16/12 at 03:30am

Welcome to the inaugural post of our new Dogrun series, “Field Report”. This series explores issues relating to construction progress and site visits. We hope it provides another insight into the process of what we do. Click to Read More

Robert Hoang

The University of Texas at El Paso announces that it has commissioned two award-winning Texas firms to help with the designs and cost estimates of several projects tied to UTEP’s transformation to a more pedestrian-friendly campus in time for its Centennial Celebration in 2014. Click to Read More