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Connecting Nature to Design

Posted by on 5/18/12 at 02:19pm

What are the Bottom Line Benefits of Biophilic Design? How can our designs more effectively connect with Nature? These are some of the questions being discussed at this year’s AIA Convention by a panel including Jason McLennan, founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, William Browning, partner of Terrapin Bright Green, and Bob Berkebile, founding principal of BNIM Architects. Read a short article about this panel’s discussion here. Click to Read More

The Project: Broadford Farm Pavilion Location: Hailey, Idaho Project Team: Brian Korte AIA, Jay Pigford AIA, David Lake FAIA, Dale Riser Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Digital Pin-up: 2001 Odyssey Porch House

Posted by on 4/23/12 at 05:00pm

2001 Odyssey, located in Wimberly, TX is a family retreat featuring Porch House modules and site specific components. The setbacks have created a small buildable area on the heavily wooded triangular lot. To help negotiate the terrain, a retaining wall runs the length of the small bluff and pushes the house further down the site and away from the bordering road. A wood slat wall faces west to help cut down the low angled sun and allows for Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

LF Celebrates Graduate School Victories

Posted by on 4/23/12 at 10:41am

This past week, interns Lizzie Marrin, Thomas Johnston and Nathan Geller committed to their graduate schools of choice. Next fall, Lizzie will be starting her Masters at Rice University, Thomas will be juggling schoolwork with extra-curricular activities at UT Austin, and Nathan will be throwing snowballs at Syracuse University. To celebrate and congratulate them, LF descended upon local favorite The Monterey where we enjoyed a brew or two courtesy of our client Real Ale. Click to Read More

Betsy Johnson

Last Thursday night Lake|Flato helped facilitate a Citywide Collaborative Session for the new San Antonio Children’s Museum. We found the event to be a joy and success, and would like to share the process behind it. Prior to the charrette, we brainstormed with the museum staff to come up with a few different activities that would be fun and engaging for attendees. With about 70 people participating, the crowd split into groups of 8-10 at round tables and took Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

Miller Ranch Field Trip

Posted by on 4/17/12 at 10:27am

A few days ago, on a flawless Friday afternoon, Lake Flato headed into the Texas Hill Country to visit the nearly complete Miller Ranch. Situated at the point where two rivers meet, this new house elegantly makes the most of an almost impossibly beautiful site. Below are a few pictures from the visit taken by Corey Leamon and myself. Also on the property is the Miller Porch House and a barn, both completed in 2010. Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

In 2009, the Boy Scouts of America purchased 10,600 acres of land in West Virginia adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area and began creating ‘The Summit’ to host their flagship event – Jamboree. The National Scout Jamboree gathers approximately 45,000 scouts, leaders and staff for 10 days every four years to enjoy activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, etcetera. Lake|Flato Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Library Project in Daylighting Paces

Posted by on 4/11/12 at 04:00pm

We recently hosted a two day daylighting workshop with Shepley Bullfinch, the UW Integrated Design Lab, and, Clanton and Associates to tune, hone and test the large six level day-lit atrium space at the heart of the new Austin Central Library design. Our good friends at the Integrated Design Lab brought down cameras, light meters and lots of knowledge to help guide us in this process. For the workshop we constructed a large 1/4″ Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Better Know an LFer: Grace Boudewyns

Posted by on 4/11/12 at 11:31am

“Grace has been a joy to work with and I knew she would be a great fit not only with the Courthouse team, but the office, in how she quickly learned how to deal with Pickles, Carjack, AKA Chris, every young designer’s favorite person. She seems immune and utterly unphased by his repeated attacks on her clothing, shoes, watch, Kansas, or whatever came to his mind that day. Oh, and did I mention that she’s a thoughtful designer Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

Lake|Flato Blooms During April Showers

Posted by on 4/9/12 at 02:00pm

Welcome to our newest crop! Let’s meet them from left to right: Sam Vonderau will be working on Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building. He hails from Ft. Wayne and Ball State University in Indiana and has been in Austin, Texas for the last two years interning at Central for Maximum Potential Building Systems and working at McKinney York Architects. Click to Read More