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Living the Dream: 311 3rd Transformation

Following an extensive transformation of Lake|Flato’s office in downtown San Antonio, we are thrilled to be back together in a reinvigorated space designed to promote creativity, collaboration, and culture. Over the last few years, our internal design team has worked tirelessly to create a healthy, inclusive work environment that applies design principles that have defined our work for decades. The result is a flexible office designed for the modern workplace that connects people to the outdoors and to each other. With the building’s original bones on display, and through a design exercise of...
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Better Know an LFer: Introducing Eliane Maillot

We are thrilled to welcome Eliane Maillot as our new Director of Interiors! In her new role, Eliane provides leadership for Lake|Flato’s burgeoning interiors initiatives, maximizing the firm’s commitment to human wellness and design performance through projects, research, and client collaborations. She will be working primarily out of our Austin studio and is eager to be back in Texas after two decades in New York City, where chips and queso are hard to come by. To read Eliane's professional bio, click here . For the fun existential questions, keep scrolling: Hometown/Current City: Born and...
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“If You Can Measure It, You Can Improve It”: B Corp Certification at Lake|Flato

Applying for B Corp certification is a comprehensive process that, for Lake|Flato, took a team effort that was years in the making. Beyond rigorously assessing our business operations, B Corp certification has helped us refine how we measure the impact of our work on the wellbeing of our employees, our community, and the environment through quantifiable initiatives and outcomes. To contextualize how being a B Corporation animates our firm’s mission and guides our decision-making, we interviewed three firm leaders who oversee our environmental performance initiatives and equity, diversity, and...
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Lake|Flato’s 2023-2025 Design Performance Action Plan

Lake|Flato strives to create restorative environments that reduce carbon emissions and enhance our understanding and relationship with the natural world. Our work reflects the belief that sustainability and design are two sides of the same coin — balanced, integrated, and inseparable. We design beautiful, healthy, highly efficient design solutions and system strategies that are tailored to each project and location. Design performance provides us with a clear path to achieving sustainability by integrating design with building performance, technology, research, innovation, and equity...
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Audrey is a designer at our San Antonio office whose architectural passion is based in exercising the ability to design with creativity and mindfulness. She strives to have meaningful impacts through sustainability, community-centric values, and creating designs that enhance the quality of life. We are lucky to have her join the Lake|Flato team! To read her professional bio, click here . For the fun existential questions, keep scrolling: Favorite Lake|Flato Project: Confluence Park & Naples Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Both were major influences during my academic career as precedents...
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AIA Climate Action Business Playbook - Introduction

We are excited to announce the release of the AIA Climate Action Business Playbook. This resource was created by Lake|Flato , Buro Happold , Sustainable Performance Institute , unabridged Architecture . Project Team The project team included: Heather Holdridge , Director of Design Performance, Lake|Flato Dan Stine , Director of Design Technology, Lake|Flato Aurora Jensen , Embodied Carbon Lead, Brightworks Sustainability Varun Kohli , AVP - Real Properties, Battery Park City Authority Barbra BatShalom , Founder & CEO, Sustainable Performance Institute Allison Anderson , Principal,...
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Lake|Flato designs High-Performance School using ClimateStudio

Rendering of Alamogordo Middle School in Alamogordo, New Mexico. To be completed in Fall 2024.
“Excellent learning environments are supported by high-performance design. Studies have reinforced and quantified what we have intuitively known – that student health and performance improve with well-designed learning environments, spaces that support student connectivity to each other, nature, daylight, fresh air, views to the surrounding community and natural resources, etc. Early in the concept phase, our design and client team established a goal of having 100% of the school's learning spaces be daylight autonomous to support the educational and mental well-being of students, faculty, and...
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Celebrating Nature, Place and Craft in Our New San Antonio Office

Since our founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has expanded to all floors and corners of our office at 311 Third Street in San Antonio. After committing to renovating our office into a healthy, high-performing, hybrid workplace, we decided to go against the grain of the building’s origins as a former car dealership and remove all parking and cars to create a community-centric outdoor living room. For a firm with a focus on sustainability, expanding our office meant removing rather than adding, and encouraging human and environmental health through outdoor amenities, connections to nature, and...
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Using 3D People to Enhance Diversity of Enscape Visualizations and Client Communication

Ryerson Woods Education Center - exterior rendering
Every architectural visualization is a challenge in itself. For some projects, fidelity to style and detail is particularly important, while for others, authenticity in harmony with the surrounding environment is key. The talented team at Lake|Flato combines these components and brings the environmental aspect and the sustainability of the planned buildings even more into their Enscape renderings. For that reason, we are very happy to share the following guest post with you. Enjoy! Creating Enscape Visualizations The team uses various design technologies, from energy and daylight simulation...
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Early Energy Modeling and Comparing Tools to Validate Results

Blog title image of featured residential project
As an architectural design firm that makes a concerted effort to incorporate sustainable design goals into all our projects, Lake|Flato uses many tools to challenge our assumptions and validate decisions. For efficiency, we also look for ways to streamline our efforts and even democratize workflows such that design teams might accomplish their own analysis without relying on, and possibly waiting for, a specialist to do it for them. To this end, an important part of implementing a new tool or workflow is to verify the accuracy of the results. This post will, at a high level, outline our early...