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Lake|Flato Announces Staff Promotions

Lake|Flato Promotions
We are excited to embrace the next generation of leaders with 17 well-deserved promotions, including three new Associate Partners. They will continue to carry out Lake|Flato's commitment to thoughtful architecture that responds to both human and environmental needs. Please join us in congratulating our staff for their passionate commitment to design excellence! Associate Partners Lewis Mcneel, AIA ; Adrianna Swindle, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C ; Ryan Yaden, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Associates Abheek Sarkar, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP ; Michael Britt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC Project Architects Grace Boudewyns...
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Kelso House Renovation Pursues Zero Carbon Certification

Lake|Flato is passionate about public service and sharing our design and sustainability expertise. We are a committed member of Public Architecture's 1+ program, which fulfills a yearly pledge to contribute at least 1% of our design staff's total project hours toward pro bono design work focused on non-profit clients working for the public good. We have added a new project, the Kelso House, to our 1+ pledge this year. Kelso House is a historic Monte Vista home designed by Atlee B. Ayres for Judge Winchester Kelso in 1906. The property was later donated by Cappy Lawton to San Antonio’s Power...
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Energy Calendars

Each of these radial calendars represent one year of building energy use for a few different buildings that Lake Flato has studied in the past few years. Each dot represents one hour of energy use, with a larger dot indicating more energy used. The color of each dot represents the outside temperature, from 40°F in blue, to 90°F in red. Midnight is on the inside of the circle, with 11 pm on the outside. Lake Flato monitors the energy use of several buildings as a means to learn more about how energy is actually used after a house or building is occupied. The energy use is often radically...
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Inspiration: Interview with Dust Architects

The following interview takes the award for being the longest in the making. And when I say longest, I mean it’s taken close to three years to get us here. If memory serves me correctly, I remember flipping through Divisare, a few years ago, when I spotted the Tucson Mountain Retreat designed by Dust Architects. I instantly looked up their website (My name is Rick Torres and I have an design website addiction.) and soon discovered a body of work that displays the powerful effect that architecture, through elements like space, light, mass, and materiality can have on atmosphere and mood. I...
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Flake Radio #02: Longevity

Click here to listen to Flake Radio Episode #2: Longevity. How long should we design a building to last?
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Flake Radio #01: Resilience

Click here to listen to Flake Radio Episode #1: Resilience Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Related to the built environment, it describes the design strategies that can help buildings or communities survive natural or human caused disasters, and to thrive in their aftermath. In this podcast we reflect on our experiences with hurricanes Harvey and Irma and explore the resilient design strategies that will allow our projects to support their communities during times of crisis.
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Flake Radio #00: Introducing Flake Radio

Click Here to Listen to our Flake Radio Introduction Episode We’ve had the Dogrun for several years, which has been a great way to share ideas within the office and with the community beyond. Now the Dogrun is evolving into a platform for sharing a variety of media forms. As we’ve grown and become increasingly busy, we’re finding that it’s easier to gather knowledge from our office by soliciting conversations, rather than asking people to write long form blog posts. And we talk so much anyway, we might as well record it. Introducing Flake Radio: The Lake Flato podcast for sharing ideas,...
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Thermal Imaging at the Knox College Whitcomb Art Center

Congratulations to the Knox project team for delivering the first newly constructed campus facility since the early 70's and important part of the Knox College commitment to liberal arts education. "Our new building is a delight...designed for teaching multiple art disciplines, the abundance of light-filled open work areas, studio space, and a gallery-like two-story critique hall enhance student learning and imagination. It also directly impacts our effectiveness as teachers and promotes student’s ability to think of themselves as artists, not just students.” - Mark Holmes, Associate...
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Lake Flato R&D: Passive Solar Tracking

Architects have always had to deal with the challenges of solar energy, whether providing protection from it, or leveraging it for energy and daylight. Like many other challenges, we have a habit of throwing brute force technology at it to solve the problem at hand. Building technologies of the past were simple and utilitarian by necessity, and today, we are finally returning to the simplicity of the past with elegant, biomemetic solutions. Lake Flato recently established a research and development program with the goal of providing a framework to promote innovative thinking in the...
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Why Do Buildings Use Energy?

Ask “why did the chicken crossed the road?” and you’ll likely hear a common answer, “to get to the other side”. This may be true, but it's only part of the story. Aristotle described four “causes” that govern the process for change. Not only is the “why” or Final Cause important, but also the “what” (Material Cause) and the “how” (Formal Cause and Efficient Cause) Aristotle and his peers saw single events happening for diverse reasons. This is a useful framework, providing the ability to see a problem from multiple “causes” rather than just one. For example, using this framework: Why did the...

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