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Rand Pinson

Birthplace of the Blues

Posted by on 4/4/13 at 08:41am

I made a recent trip to Clarksdale, Mississippi to stay at the Shack Up Inn and listen to the Blues in the old juke joints in the famed Mississippi Delta. Nearby are the building remnants of Dockery Farms, where over four hundred african-american and sharecropper families worked in the cotton fields. After a hard days work, some would gather to give birth to the Delta Blues. Click to Read More

steve raike

What the…Hail?

Posted by on 4/3/13 at 02:01pm

There were big rumblings in the San Antonio over the last few days as some severe weather moved through the area and for any budding meteorologists there has been plenty to see.  The following images are from various hailstones that fell in the Alamo Heights Sunday evening area courtesy of Bailey and Lauren Raike who risked life and limb to retrieve them.  Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

During the initial Sustainability Workshop for the Austin Central Library the consultant and client team visited the future library site to better understand it. On this visit the team noticed an unused water intake pump-house nearby for the now decommissioned Seaholm Electric Plant. The team has re-imagined it into a very large rainwater and condensate cistern for the Library’s irrigation and sanitary conveyance needs.  Click to Read More


Brewing a Design for Alamo Beer

Posted by on 4/2/13 at 08:41am

Lake|Flato Architects is pleased to announce the start of design and documentation for Alamo Beer Company’s new 25,000 sf microbrewery east of downtown San Antonio. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

West Texas: A Study in Erosion

Posted by on 3/27/13 at 02:50pm

Last week Graham and I made the trek out to Big Bend National Park for our continuing work on the Fossil Discovery Trail. On the way back I stopped in Fort Stockton to take in some of the intriguing architecture and oil infrastructure that is in various states of decay. Nearly every conceivable form of desert related fading, cracking, and crumbling seems to be taking place. For more insight on West Texas check out Corey’s post. Click to Read More


Architect and Visiting Professor at UTSA College of Architecture, Javier Sanchez, will present at the CoA’s Spring Lecture Series tonight at the UTSA Downtown Campus. His lecture, “Building the City: Architectural Insertions in Mexico City,” is based on his work as a founding partner and lead designer of the multidisciplinary Mexico City firm, JSa.  Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

As many of you know, Lake|Flato has adopted the 2030 Challenge and joined the AIA 2030 Commitment.  We are deeply committed to these programs and oppose any efforts to weaken or repeal the provision in EISA Sec. 433 that requires new and majorly renovated federal buildings to meet incremental targets leading to net-zero energy consumption in 2030.  We urge your groups, colleagues, and friends to sign on to this letter in support of federal 2030 targets. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Lakeside Retreat, located in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, earned LEED for Homes Certification today!  Sustainable features of the home include healthy alternatives to conventional pest control, efficient framing methods used to reduce wood materials, and an energy reduction of 36% over code. We will post a LEED case study for the project on our website soon with more information on sustainability performance metrics.  Please stay tuned! Click to Read More


Better Know an LFer: Sameer Rayyan

Posted by on 3/22/13 at 01:32pm

Early on I couldn’t get Sameer’s name quite right. Sameer Rayyan, who I initially thought was Ryan Sameer, worked with me on several developer projects last Fall. Our client, Mark Tolley, would refer to him as my Savent (a person of profound or extensive learning; or learned scholar) – He worked day and night on projects such as the Peanut Factory and Click to Read More

Ashley Heeren

Can a bus shelter setting become an engaging public place beyond the purpose of waiting for the bus? UT San Antonio School of Architecture is hosting a 3-day charrette this week posing this question and taking the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as the site. Six teams of 2-3 UTSA graduate students will each be paired with a young professional mentor (from Lake|Flato and other local firms) to meet and work over the next three days. The goal of the charrette is to explore elements or programs that can be conceived of as integral parts of place-making through the lens of a bus patron or other people who encounter this setting. Click to Read More