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Meet Our Newest Project Director

Posted by on 9/3/13 at 01:57pm

We’re happy to introduce our newest Project Director, Michael Britt. Before joining us in San Antonio, Michael worked in Charlottesville where he also attended the University of Virginia for his M.Arch. He was a project manager for EcoMod, affordable and sustainable housing, which was recently featured in Architect Magazine Click to Read More

Philip Chan

Capturing Reality with New Technology

Posted by on 8/28/13 at 01:02pm
ReCap Photo 3D model interface

I have been playing with a new technology that could change how we visualize our built environment. It is called ReCap Photo. This is an online image based modeling tool that is currently offered by Autodesk for free. The idea is very simple. You take a series of images around an object or a building, upload the images via the website, using the cloud computing technology and the images will be converted to a 3 dimensional object for you. Click to Read More

Corey Squire
Perf metal experiment Lables

Ever since Herzog & De Meuron’s  De Yong Museum and Thom Mayne’s  San Francisco Federal Building, perforated sheet metal has been all the rage. There are plenty of strong opinions on the aesthetic merits of perforated metal, but we are more interested in looking at it from a performance standpoint. Specifically, we wanted to know the effects of a perforated metal canopy on the comfort of those sitting below. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

El Cosmico 2013

Posted by on 8/23/13 at 10:36am

The yearly Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love is coming to El Cosmico in Marfa Thursday September 12 to Sunday September 15, 2013. I have had the pleasure of attending the 2006 and 2007 events. The weekend is filled with new friends, good food, great music, minimalist art, and nomadic dwellings. Whether you are staying in a tent, a yurt, a teepee or one of the refurbished travel trailers you are bound to have a good time. Click to Read More


Two-stepping into Texas

Posted by on 8/14/13 at 04:49pm

Our newest interns are joining us just in time for Flake Lato this weekend, where they’ll get to know their fellow LFers really well and in a short amount of time. Here’s what we know about our newest recruits so far: Click to Read More


Bat Tales

Posted by on 8/9/13 at 09:57am
Bracken Bats_feature

Last weekend several of us had the unique opportunity to witness, as guests with EarthShare of Texas, the nightly feeding exodus of Mexican Freetail bats from their roost at Bracken Cave. Located just north of our home base in San Antonio, the cave is managed by Bat Conservation International, a wonderful group working to educate people and protect bats. Lake|Flato is a proud contributor to the EarthShare of Texas workplace giving program, which in turn benefits hundreds of local conservation efforts like BCI.  Click to Read More

Corey Squire
Thermal bridging experiment

What happens when you drive a metal screw through an insulated wall? It is well known that the assembly U-Value will decrease due to thermal bridging, but over all, how much of an effect can one screw really have? Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

Austin Urban Apiary

Posted by on 8/5/13 at 07:17pm
honey bee

Just this year, the W Hotel in Austin became home to its own urban apiary, or collection of beehives. The colonies, which are maintained by the non-profit Central Texas Bee Rescue, are located on the rooftop of the 39th floor where they are expected to produce 100-200 pounds of honey annually. Their hard work is already featured on the hotel’s food and drink menus as well as in the spa. Click to Read More

David Ericsson

Lessons from Zumthor

Posted by on 8/5/13 at 02:37pm

This past June I had the chance to visit three works completed by Peter Zumthor. Each building provided  insight into Zumthor’s care for construction and material,  choreographing sequence, and the design of the aperture. Below are lessons learned from each of these buildings. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

The Seaholm Intake was once the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant and now sits empty on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin.  Our team’s entry Connect/Reveal/Clean envisions The Intake as a culturally vibrant, multi-functional space that encourages visitors to slow down, engage with the natural systems that flourish in Austin and experience the blurring between land and water; urban and natural.  Click to Read More