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Night School, Volume 1: Minimum

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 they determine the theme. David and I launched the series with minimum. David and I sought a theme which could be applied to anything. As architects we are of...
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TSA Sessions by Lake Flatonians

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: Bob Harris : Balancing Design and Sustainability What makes a sustainable building an excellent building? “People don’t love buildings or places because they are non-toxic and biodegradable, they love them because they speak to the head and the heart”. But, what does it mean for a building to speak to the heart… why is it that people find certain environmental conditions innately attractive and what does this tell us...
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When Designers Dress Up

Happy Halloween! 1) The Royal Tenenbaums 2) Filled and "Phil'd" regions 3) The Bride from Kill Bill 4) Door Matt 5) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 6) Angler Fish 7) Dracula 8) Jersey Shore kid 9) 60's typist 10) Snoopy and Charlie Brown 11) Waldo
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Attention Shoppers: LF Designed Grocery to Open

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. This is the second HEB we have collaborated on in Houston. The 70,000 sf Buffalo Market was completed in August of 2009 and incorporates a butterfly roof as well as...
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Taco Truck in the ArtPace Courtyard

The Friday lunch at the Tacomiendo Taco Truck at Art Pace tradition continued today, but not without a peculiar twist... The Tacomiendo was parked in the courtyard! Due to this odd location and the Metro Health official that was parked where the taco truck is usually stationed, I can't help but conclude this must be part of San Antonio's law that prohibits food trucks parked on commercial property from vending within 300 feet of a restaurant without written, notarized permission from the restaurant. The San Antonio Express News had an article recently describing all the issues mobile food...
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Better Know an LFer: Heather Holdridge

Get to know our staff, updated weekly. Hometown: Houston Years at LF: 3 Achilles Heel: "Law & Order: SVU" TV marathons Happiest Place: Long, unhurried brunches with shaded outdoor seating - with lots of espresso and mimosas Memorable Book: My toddler can't get enough of The Little Composter. I've read it to her so many times that I can recite it with my eyes closed. Prized Possession: Wedding ring Current Obsession: Fleetwood Mac Last Accomplishment: Replicating Jennifer Young's margarita recipe Favorite Thing about San Antonio: Lake|Flato Fate or Chance? Chance.
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New Precedent!

Look out, we’ve got some new forms coming your way! Lake/Flato Architects is known for using traditional vernacular forms as a basis for its body of regionally-specific, yet modern, architecture. On a recent tour of LF ranches, we discovered some striking new roof shapes in San Saba, Texas. As the creep of suburbia’s tendrils have left virtually no area untouched, we find that forms traditionally associated with strip mall chic are becoming more and more rooted in these places. How long until we consider these things part of a regional style? We think that time is now. So first up on our...
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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Lake|Flato employees are participating in a Big Brothers Big Sisters workplace mentoring program with Bonham elementary students. Here is a photo from last Tuesday's kickoff ceremony at UTSA for Mayor Julian Castro's Mentoring Matters program. Notice that Brantley looks like the Mayor's personal bodyguard.
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Better Know an LFer: Betsy Johnson

Get to know our staff, updated weekly. Hometown: Denton, TX. It's awesome. Years at LF: 6- Started in 2004, off to Denver for a year, then back for more! Achilles Heel: Homemade chocolate pudding Happiest Place: Surrounded by family Memorable Book: Cry the Beloved Country Prized Possession: An old gateleg table, carted over from west Texas by my great-grandmother Current Obsession: Taking too many photos of my new baby Last Accomplishment: Giving birth!! Favorite Thing about San Antonio: Giant cypress trees along the river...and margaritas! Fate or Chance? Either way, take advantage of the...
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Better Know an LFer: Sam Pepper

Get to know our staff with the same 10 questions we always ask. Hometown: London Years at LF: 1/3 Achilles Heel: Expensive Beers at the Monterey - pretending I have more money than I really do. Happiest Place: Sailing on the southern coast of England with my father. Memorable Book: A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit Prized Possession: This is pathetic but probably my external hard drive. I would collapse in a heap of misery if something happened to that. Current Obsession: Putting everything in a tortilla. Last Accomplishment: I am reasonably competent at Revit now. Seems like...