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Brantley Hightower

Architecture May Be Cool…

Posted by on 11/17/11 at 01:30am

…but spaceflight is still much, much cooler. If you have any interest in making a career change to become an astronaut, NASA is hiring. Unfortunately you need a background in engineering so Heather is the only person in the office who would be eligible. Click to Read More


Watercolors from the Island

Posted by on 11/16/11 at 02:30pm

I feel like sharing a few watercolor sketches from my recent travels to the island of Maui, Hawaii. For those who dont know, Maui is the second largest and second youngest in the string of islands of Hawaii with the island of Hawaii being the youngest, largest and with the most volcanic activity. This island is probably the most diverse ecosystem I have ever seen. Only about 50 miles long from tip to tip it has two volcanos with the dormant Halleakela Click to Read More

John Byrd

New Container Restaurant in River North

Posted by on 11/9/11 at 12:01pm

Have you heard about Andrew Weissman’s newest restaurant concept in River North??  It’s a restaurant made up of shipping containers on the bank on the San Antonio River.  A departure from the high-end eateries that Weissman is known for, the new restaurant will feature a casual, family-friendly atmosphere, an inexpensive menu and outdoor-only seating where patrons order drinks and food from the various cargo containers.  Get you Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Walk and Roll Champions

Posted by on 11/9/11 at 03:30am

Lake|Flato participated in AACOG’s Walk & Roll Challenge again this year. During September and October, the last two months of the “ozone season” when air pollution tends to be the worst in the San Antonio area, teams collectively recorded more than 167,000 walking, biking, busing, or carpooling trips that saved over 2.8 million vehicle miles traveled and kept nearly 4.5 tons of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (the components of ozone or “smog”). Click to Read More

Graham Beach

Craft Call: Garza Design+Build

Posted by on 11/8/11 at 12:30pm

“My admiration for Jamey Garza’s many talents goes back to the many, many, walk throughs we did together with Liz and Fletcher while planning the rooms at the Hotel San Jose. It was exhausting work but, we made it fun. With Liz and Fletcher’s constant prodding we must have covered every possible furnishing configuration. While our pursuit of a particular balance and comfort lead us down many divergent paths Jamey’s careful eye Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Digital Pin-Up: Epoch Winery

Posted by on 11/5/11 at 11:00am

Epoch Wines recently acquired a historic property in Templeton, CA as the location for their new hospitality center and production facility. The York Mountain Winery has a long and storied history in the region, and particular significance for the owners of Epoch. Our scheme brings new life to the original earthquake-damaged winery as the new tasting room. A full reconstruction celebrates the original timber and masonry structure while introducing a new Click to Read More

Sam H. Pepper

Night School, Volume 1: Minimum

Posted by on 11/4/11 at 12:48pm

Is this the next big thing? Yesterday evening a large group gathered in an empty apartment unit in Southtown to mark the beginning of NightSchool. The objective: to broaden our knowledge of subjects removed from our regular routines and through discussion better understand one another. Food and drink play a significant role—members must provide something for everyone else to enjoy. Each month, a different member hosts Night School and Click to Read More

Rebecca Bruce

TSA Sessions by Lake Flatonians

Posted by on 11/4/11 at 09:57am

At the recent Texas Society of Architects annual convention in Dallas, four people from Lake Flato presented sessions on an array of topics. Here’s a look at what they covered: Click to Read More

Corey Leamon

When Designers Dress Up

Posted by on 11/4/11 at 07:30am

Happy Halloween! 1) The Royal Tenenbaums 2) Filled and “Phil’d” regions 3) The Bride from Kill Bill Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

We completed the schematic design for the store which will open before thanksgiving and HEB’s team took it through construction documents. The 70,000 sf store is located in the Montrose neighborhood near the Menil Collection. The design fits into the chic surroundings while preserving the large live oak trees on site. Photos of the store can be found here. Experience the store and shop at 1716 West Alabama Street Houston, TX. Click to Read More