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Claire Matucheski

CPS Energy SunCredit Revision

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 10:37am

Coming soon to a solar panel near you, CPS will be revising its current SunCredit paid to customers who generate solar power. Currently CPS Energy pays and average of 9 cents/kWh which will be decreasing to 5.6 cents/kWh on November 1, 2013. The change comes in an attempt to balance the cost burden for infrastructure which is currently heavier on customers without solar. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Designing a West Texas Home

Posted by on 4/22/13 at 08:00am
Kruger Site Plan

A West Texas Ranch [chapter one] This is a story about how Lake|Flato approaches design, with a particular focus on our integrated sustainability practice. Chapter one focuses on the concept phase of our design process for a particular ranch house in west Texas. Stay tuned next month for another installment, where our design continues to develop – and where I will share details of how design and sustainability are intertwined throughout our entire process.  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

Rand Pinson

Peanut Gallery: Baker Preserve

Posted by on 4/16/13 at 02:58am

On a recent friday, some of us from the office gathered for what’s known as Peanut Gallery for the Baker Preserve residence with Cody Knop. Graham Beach defines the office Peanut Gallery as “Designer Happy Hour”. This is everyone’s opportunity to get a glimpse of the project and provide feedback to the team as they move forward. While the design conversation is always stimulating, peanuts are a must, and beer is a must. Click to Read More

Claire Matucheski

On Saturday April 20th at 8pm COTE (AIA Committee on the Environment) Cinema will be hosting a free screening of the documentary Deep Green at Lambert Beach in Brackenridge Park. The film focuses on possible solutions to global warming rather than simply diagnosing the problem. So hop on a bus, a bike, or a sidewalk, grab some friends, and some lawn chairs and join us at the park! Food and drinks will be available for purchase from some of San Antonio’s mobile vendors. The screening is following a clean-up of the park’s pump house from 10am-12pm. Contact Carlos Cruz if you’re interested in that volunteer opportunity. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Ode to the Roadcut

Posted by on 4/15/13 at 07:41am

Roadcut n. A cut through a hill or mountain for the purposes of building infrastructure through it, rather than over it. I’m not the only member of my family fascinated by roadcuts. On family car trips growing up, my father would stop at roadcuts to scour them for fossils. Sometimes he would successfully return to the car with multi-million year old sea urchins or shark teeth; other times only with disappointment that the formation he was seeking had disappeared under the asphalt at the preceding mile marker.  Click to Read More


Better Know an LF’er: Matthew Hlavinka

Posted by on 4/12/13 at 10:00am

“Don’t let Matthew’s quietness fool you, it must be osmosis from Bill and Rand. His sharp eye for detail and strong graphic sensibility are equally balanced by his smart questions and wonderful attitude. I also love his last name, just say it: Hlavinka!” – Vicki Yuan Click to Read More

Ashley Heeren

Louisville Kentucky

Posted by on 4/11/13 at 02:28pm

Lake|Flato is fortunate to have work at amazing sites around the country (and beyond), and so our project teams often get to bring home wonderful new experiences and discoveries about places, whether visiting for the first time or revisiting them in greater depth. As one of those lucky traveling project teams, Matt Morris and I recently gained a fresh fondness for Louisville, the site of an independent school for which we developed a master plan over the past few months (we’ll blog about the actual design work in a future post—this post is for bourbon, bats, bridges and the derby!). Click to Read More


new lfers add geographical diversity

Posted by on 4/8/13 at 12:53pm

We’d like to welcome our two most recent transplants, Megan Toma and Cotton Estes! Megan joins us from North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from North Caronlina State University. She loves horses – riding, show jumping, and competing when she has the time. Click to Read More

Grace Boudewyns

Better Know an LF Project: Air Barns

Posted by on 4/5/13 at 12:53pm

The “Air Barn” was designed to provide a habitat for the client’s string of polo ponies; in addition to shelter, each barn provides food and water for up to 12 ponies. The composition of two traditional open “pole-barn” structures, with deep roof overhangs, creates the housing portion of these barns. Solid shed “saddlebag” forms flank each end, which contain tack and feed rooms. Originally there was a single barn, but as construction started the second barn was added, which is how it became the plural “Air Barns”. . . Click to Read More