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Claire Fontaine

Don’t Go Chasing Rockslides

Posted by on 12/2/15 at 10:12am

And there we were… huddled behind a gigantic boulder, shivering, wet, and terrified. This was sure to be the end.  It was unbelievable how quickly the status of our trip had changed. One moment we were experiencing a blissful July 4th afternoon on the Rio Grande, the next we were sitting silently imagining the tragic headlines that might follow our demise: “8 Lake|Flato Employees Die a Catastrophic Death at Big Bend.” Or at least I was. Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Washington DC Textures

Posted by on 11/23/15 at 01:16pm
Middle Fork- John Grade - Renwick Gallery

This past week several LF’ers were in DC for the 2015 GreenBuild Conference. We took in some great sessions and enjoyed seeing the sites. The following are our favorite textures from the week: Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion: Human Scale

Posted by on 11/12/15 at 05:58pm

For early humans, trees represented safety: being able to see out over the tall grass and spot potential food or predators from a distance. When we came down from the trees and began to live in the savanna, standing up allowed us to see over the grass and regain the higher vantage point that the trees had provided. Even today, millions of years later, we feel most comfortable standing in the shadow of a tree, looking out over our surroundings. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Josey Pavilion: Net Zero Energy

Posted by on 11/5/15 at 02:00pm

On September 30, 2015, the Josey Pavilion completed its one-year performance period as a net zero energy building, generating 50% more energy than it consumed. During the performance period, Josey consumed 2467 kWh, generated 3697 kWh, and sent a net of 1230 kWh back to the grid. Click to Read More

Adam Heisserer

Vertical vs Horizontal

Posted by on 10/22/15 at 02:10pm

Today we answer the age-old question that has plagued humanity for centuries: Should east and west-facing windows have vertical or horizontal louvers? Click to Read More

John Schaffhauser

As I have begun my professional career at Lake|Flato by administrating the construction of one of the largest and most complex projects in our firm’s history, I find that it is both entertaining and necessary to share what it has been like for a young designer to jump from the pond of architecture school into the deepest ocean of architectural reality. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

COTE Cinema

Posted by on 10/5/15 at 09:16am

AIA San Antonio’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) is hosting a free movie night this week in downtown San Antonio. The outdoor film will take place at Travis Park, and the weather is sure to be beautiful! Please join us and bring friends and family along for a fun and informative night on environmental issues in our community. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

Three is great company

Posted by on 9/8/15 at 02:35pm

LF’s three newest interns are well-adjusted to our family and just had a blast at Flake Lato. Meet Claire, Josh and Wo-Wu! Click to Read More

Seema Kairam

Blast From the Past

Posted by on 8/31/15 at 08:01am

A few weeks back we had another edition of our office show-and-tell, 3x6x9. This time we asked some vetern LF’ers to present their favorite Lake Flato projects from the early years. We heard a lot of great stories about clients, contractors and office antics. We learned about some projects that were not only formative for the trajectory of the firm but also individual colleagues (for example, Laura did a study of the Carraro house in grad school, which she explained transformed how she conceived of the single family home). Click to Read More

Justin Ford
From left to right: Josh Leger, Josh Lamden, Josh Nieves

A peculiar but welcome phenomenon exists at Lake|Flato: We are home to the highest concentration of architectural interns named “Josh” in the City of San Antonio. I sat down with Josh Nieves, Josh Leger, and Josh Lamden (also known around here as J1, J2, and J3, respectively) to talk about their experiences as interns at Lake|Flato. Read on to find out what other similarities (and differences) exist between this trio. Click to Read More