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Ted Flato

As an architect, I have an appreciation for the role that climate, culture, and landscape play in the making of cities, and, through this lens, I enjoy discovering what makes places special. David Heymann, an architect and professor at the University of Texas, in his short but well written My Beautiful City Austin, leverages this unique architectural perspective to deliver a nice portrait of the city. Click to Read More

Corey Squire

Trail toward Transparency: the process

Posted by on 5/21/15 at 11:20am

Of the 20 imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the two that we found to be most difficult were Red List and Appropriate Sourcing. Following up on our recent publication of the material matrix for the Josey Pavilion, here’s a look at how we tackled these two challenges. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith

LF Welcomes Katie Cavazos

Posted by on 5/19/15 at 04:57pm

Katie Cavazos recently became part of our Lake|Flato family after trading the windy city of Chicago, Illinois for the recently rainy city of San Antonio, Texas. Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith


Posted by on 5/14/15 at 10:42am

The San Antonio River Foundation Confluence Park provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the ecology of the South Texas region, demonstrate the value of our natural resources, and foster environmental stewardship in a traditionally underserved area adjoining the San Antonio River. With education as its core purpose, Confluence can be understood as an intricate teaching tool that will inspire people to become more involved with the river, practice environmental stewardship, and gain a greater understanding of Texas ecotypes. Click to Read More

Corey Squire


Posted by on 5/6/15 at 04:07pm

Do you know what materials make up the building you’re currently occupying? Are these materials safe? In our foray into pursuing the Living Building Challenge (LBC) for the Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion, we gained new insight into building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. We are excited make our material matrix public and share what we have learned. Click to Read More

Hayley Johnson

As part of our goal to monitor energy use in every Lake | Flato project, we’ve outfitted another house with its own eMonitor.  These monitors test our ability to design energy efficient buildings, allow clients to control their energy consumption and give us the information we need to improve our practice. Throughout the design process we chose passive systems, insulation, glazing, lighting and HVAC systems using energy modelling software to predict energy use.  The performance of our projects is tested during post-occupancy; eMonitors provide us with up-to-the-minute data from every circuit in the building. Last week a team of LFers made a trip to Marble Falls where we worked with electricians to install the eMonitor hardware.  As construction is nearing completion, it’s a great time to begin tracking energy. The panel in the garage is seen before the installation (left) and after (right).  Current transformers (CTs) are clipped onto each circuit and run to the eMonitor, these components are hidden behind the panel.  The eMonitor uses a radio signal to communicate with the gateway, which is located outside the panel and sends data to a web account via the internet. The electrician sets up the eMonitor Click to Read More Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The Big Give S.A.

Posted by on 5/5/15 at 01:50pm

The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour online giving event that will last until 11:59pm tonight.  It’s our day to celebrate San Antonio’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.  The goal of the event is to introduce supporters to all of the wonderful charitable organizations located in South Central Texas. Please consider giving to Solar San Antonio and Build San Antonio Green, two local nonprofits that Lake|Flato has been deeply involved with for several years.   Click to Read More

Cecelia Smith


Posted by on 4/29/15 at 08:15am

We’re rapidly adding to our LF family. Three new LF’ers arrived from around the country mid Spring and arrived in the office right in time to help us celebrate Fiesta in San Antonio. Welcome James, Ryan and Colin! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

The American Institute of Architects have selected the Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Projects for 2015.  These buildings are the top ten (plus one legacy project) examples of sustainable design projects in North America.  The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 19th year, is the profession’s most rigorous recognition program for sustainable design excellence. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.  We are very excited to see that two of the winning projects are right here in San Antonio, Texas! Click to Read More

Brandi Rickels

Field Report: Indian Springs School

Posted by on 4/22/15 at 10:24am

Located on 350 acres in the wooded hills south of Birmingham, Alabama, the Indian Springs School is an independent day and boarding school serving grades 8-12. In 2012, the school engaged Lake|Flato and local architect, ArchitectureWorks, in a master planning effort to transform and invigorate the campus originally designed by the Olmstead Brothers in 1950. The master plan includes new structures for Classrooms, Visual Arts, a Dining Hall, and Administration that are part of a three phase “Springs Eternal” campaign. Click to Read More