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Cecelia Smith

Three New LFers

Posted by on 8/11/15 at 11:22am
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We’ve been busy adding to our LF family and we’re excited to announce the addition of these three new LFers in time for our annual summer retreat, Flake Lato. Welcome Ana, John and Dan! Click to Read More

Cam Greenlee
Whyte

Wednesday evening, August 5th, Lake Flato held a showing of William Whyte’s “The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces,” a somewhat quirky documentary that observes people and their interactions in urban spaces, primarily in New York City. It attempts to quantify what makes urban space habitable. Although the video and accompanying research are from 1980, the lessons learned are still relevant to design discourse. What better way to end a day of work than grabbing a bowl of popcorn, a good beer, and catching a great flick. We’re currently scheduling our next L|F Theater showing. Stay tuned… Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

SITES Soiree

Posted by on 8/5/15 at 02:25pm
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A fun celebration of the launch of the SITES v2 rating system will be taking place later this month — Please join us in Austin if you can! Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith
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Patrick is the type of person who elevates everyone around him. Not only is he a great teammate at work — extremely dependable and thorough, with enough positive energy to rub off on the whole team — but he is also just a wonderful human being. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

Former Intern Clay Returns to LF

Posted by on 7/28/15 at 02:56pm
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Clay Cottingham, a former intern at our office, recently returned to LF as a full-time LFer! In case you have forgotten, Clay is from Panama City, Florida. He left LF to finish completing coursework for a Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

Sustainability: the Lake|Flato way

Posted by on 7/20/15 at 02:46pm
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With three weeks left as Lake|Flato’s sustainability intern, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about the firm and the opportunities I’ve had, as well as thank those of you who’ve contributed to my time here. Click to Read More

Seema Kairam

Porch House

Posted by on 7/17/15 at 09:25am
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A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Rand Pinson’s departure, we held a little in-house Porch House showcase. As someone who works in the land of 50,000+ sq ft commercial projects, it was a great opportunity for me to get a little insight into projects that are generally closer in scale to 5,000 sq ft. I learned a little history and a lot about the evolution of an idea. Porch House was started in the height of the recession, with the vision to create pre-fabricated residential homes, that could be assembled in the factory, and delivered to the site fully built. Miller Ranch, one of the first realized Porch Houses, was trucked to the site fully formed. 
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Cecelia Smith
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Kaitlyn is a fearless and surprising adventurer wrapped up in an unflappable calm and cheerful exterior. She traveled way down to Texas — site unseen — from Canada for an internship with Lake|Flato. She’d never set foot in this state before but took to this place and our wacky firm culture right away, as if our heat and humidity were second nature. She owns no car, and bicycles everywhere. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

LF Wishes Farewell to Steven

Posted by on 7/2/15 at 11:33am
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I’m not sure what the first floor south studio is going to do without Steven, not only did his meal schedule function as an perpetual time-clock, he always brought a smile and a laugh to every task at hand. Click to Read More

Vicki Yuan

Craft Call: Jesse Quintana of LoopTech

Posted by on 6/24/15 at 09:14am
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On a recent site visit to the Bridge House in Houston, I caught our geothermal well drillers in action and asked them about the drilling process.  As an alternative to conventional air conditioning systems, geothermal heating and cooling takes advantage of the stable temperature of the earth via a series of vertical wells or loops, providing heating, cooling, and hot water at very high efficiencies. Because the heat exchange is buried underground, a geothermal HVAC system eliminates outdoor equipment, avoiding unsightly condensers and their associated noise and long term maintenance.  Although the initial cost of installation is higher than a conventional system, geothermal has been proven to provide a quick payback and very low operating costs. Currently, federal tax rebates offsetting 30% of the install cost expire at the end of 2016. Click to Read More