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Mindy Gudzinski

  The Hoover Dam is a true engineering marvel of man against nature.  This massive arch-gravity dam was completed in just 5 years (2 years ahead of schedule) from 1931-1936.  To put into perspective what an incredible accomplishment this structure was for it’s time we can compare the recenty completed Hoover Dam Bypass bridge which took 7 years to construct!
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Vicki Yuan

Better Block Project This Saturday

Posted by on 12/5/12 at 02:12pm

It’s time for another city-scale pop-up! This Saturday brings the third (and final?) Better Block project to San Antonio’s Plaza de Armas. Come out to experience a completely revitalized street, if only for a day. I’m most excited to visit the happenings in the  Spanish Governor’s Palace Courtyard (one of my favorite places in the city) and if my dog’s lucky, I’ll bring her to the Annual Blessing of the Animals…. For more info, visit the Better Block site page here. Click to Read More


Tour of the Pearl

Posted by on 11/21/12 at 10:13am

Part of starting any new job is doing your homework. Since I joined the marketing department at Lake|Flato two months ago, I’ve been researching our projects to get a better sense of our design philosophy and style. As much as I enjoy reading through old Click to Read More


Texas in Medium Format

Posted by on 11/13/12 at 06:00pm
Waiting for the bats in Austin.

After making the move to Texas from the U.K I decided to take some snapshots of my sightings so far in and around San Antonio. The photographs were shot with a Lubitel 2 camera…. Click to Read More

Robert Hoang
From top left: Hacienda Ja Ja, ASU Health Services Building, Broadway 1221, and Cross Timbers Ranch

From top left: Hacienda Ja Ja, ASU Health Services Building, Broadway 1221, and Cross Timbers Ranch   The process of being selected, designing, value engineering, and building a project (not to mention all challenges in between) is a long and exhaustive one. At the same time, having a project that you can be proud of and that exceeds the client’s expectations is richly rewarding. The icing on the cake is being honored by a jury of well respected peers for the completed projects that have culminated from this process. Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

The West Texas Attraction

Posted by on 10/30/12 at 05:05pm

In the Lake|Flato office, trips out to West Texas are common. A short 6-7 hour drive – we are talking Texas proportions here – will land you in the middle of the phenomenal yet unforgiving landscape that is the mountain-speckled desert. But what’s so great about the middle of nowhere? I’ve spent a deal of time trying to explain it to others and I still can’t put words to it well. There’s a feeling out there in Marfa, Fort Davis, Marathon, Big Bend and Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

La La Land Inspiration

Posted by on 10/24/12 at 05:30pm

Cameron and I recently spent time in the LA area and made the pilgrimage to the Schindler house as well as the Gamble House. We stumbled upon some other interesting things in the area as well. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

2012 LEED Fellows Announced

Posted by on 10/18/12 at 01:44pm

The second class of LEED Fellows was announced today, and Bob Harris is on the list!
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Heather Gayle Holdridge

Dynamic Scrim

Posted by on 10/17/12 at 09:29am

The Zahner Tessellate system can be put on a timer to put on a show, or respond to changes in temperature, light levels, and time of day.  It would be pretty interesting to watch your building shift according to exterior conditions!  You can watch also watch a video of this responsive building system. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Pecha Kucha vol 8 – November 5, 2012

Posted by on 10/15/12 at 03:31pm

Read: Night BEFORE Election Day! The next PechaKucha promises to be another great one. There will be several food-themed talks, relevant to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday 🙂 Other talks will focus on art, with some science and mental health thrown in! Visit for links to websites for each presenter. Click to Read More