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Two L|F-ers Off to Graduate School

Graduate School Admissions Notification Season is winding down and two Lake|Flato interns, Wo Wu and Pavan Iyer, have emerged with acceptance letters in hand. Wo was accepted to the architecture programs at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University in St. Louis. He chose… Columbia! Wo is looking forward to “Columbia’s studio as a laboratory for learning incisive thinking skills and exploring unknown architectural realm, and interacting with a diverse body of classmates and faculty from all over the world.” When asked about what skills he developed at Lake|...
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Who was Harriet Pattison?

"We previously knew Harriet Pattison through bits and pieces.... But now an oral history project sheds more light on Harriet Pattison’s life and work. As part of an ongoing oral history series on landscape architects, the D.C. based nonprofit the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is releasing a 93-minute oral history on Harriet Pattison . In 32 wide-ranging clips, Pattison reveals how she approached her work, life, and Kahn. The series begins with her growing up in Chicago, through her opening of a private practice, to her major works like the Hershey Company Headquarters."
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Get to Know the Interns

LF's four newest interns have been here for a while and are well-acclimated to the Lake|Flato lifestyle. Here's the Dogrun-exclusive on Adam, Emilie, Alistair and Elijah. Adam Heisserer www.joshhuskin.com Hometown: Plano, Texas Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington - Masters in Architecture Favorite LF project: El Cosmico Current LF project you’re working on: All of them! Hobbies: Planting pumpkins in public spaces in the dead of night only to have them ripped out by groundskeepers once they get big... Interesting fact about yourself: I’ve recorded what color shirt I’ve worn every day...
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Meet Ryn

Ryn is always glowing. It could be the darkest, rainiest day and she still has enough sunny demeanor and charm to get through it and brighten the rest of us around her. Though animated with a subtle quick wit that could make even the Grinch laugh in conversation, Ryn is sharply focused. She thoughtfully pieces together modules and connecting outdoor porches and corridors in LF's porch house studio as though they are patchwork squares in a carefully stitched together tapestry. You can tell from her demeanor that she's not afraid of a challenge — Ryn will artfully tackle anything you send her...
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Liftfund Daylight Testing

Last year, we went to the new LiftFund Headquarters in San Antonio to collect daylighting measurements. Collecting real data tells us how accurate our daylighting simulation was, and gives us invaluable information about which strategies are working and which are not. First, we mark off a 5‐foot grid in every regularly occupied space and take a measurement of footcandles at each point with a light meter. Measurements are typically taken at 9 AM or 3 PM, near one of two solar equinoxes. Each data point is entered in Excel, and the missing points are extrapolated from the data we have. Then we...
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New Year's Resolutions for Architects

It's the close of the first week back at work in the new year, and like everyone else, many of us at LF have been reflecting on and chatting about goals we're undertaking to make our personal, family and professional lives more enriching and productive than the previous year. This year, we broadened our frame of new-year's-resolution-thought and contemplated things we — and others in the architecture/design/green building/urban planning/(and on and on) community — could do to improve the profession as a whole. We also thought it would be productive to include inspiration from some industry...
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Energy Monitoring at the Prow

Last month we installed an eMonitor on the Prow, a porch house in the Davis Mountains. This is our first time monitoring an off-the-grid project, and our most remote installation so far. eMonitors track the energy use of individual electric circuits, and transmit the data in real time to an online account where it can be observed and analyzed. Owners can use this feedback to make informed decisions about energy use and save significantly on their energy bills, and we can improve future design decisions based on real data. After a 7 hour drive through west Texas, we arrived in Fort Davis. We...
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Hardberger Park Earns LEED Gold

The Urban Ecology Center, a visitor center and event facility for Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio, officially earned LEED Gold certification this week. In collaboration with landscape architects Stephen Stimson & Associates and Rialto Studio, the buildings’ architecture and its surrounding landscape perform in concert to teach strategies for sustainable water usage and collection. The program houses office space for the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, public restrooms, outdoor classrooms and a large event hall. The center contributes to an already rich and diverse park as well as...
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Don't Go Chasing Rockslides

And there we were… huddled behind a gigantic boulder, shivering, wet, and terrified. This was sure to be the end. It was unbelievable how quickly the status of our trip had changed. One moment we were experiencing a blissful July 4 th afternoon on the Rio Grande, the next we were sitting silently imagining the tragic headlines that might follow our demise: “8 Lake|Flato Employees Die a Catastrophic Death at Big Bend.” Or at least I was. Why I am just now recounting our story is due to the fact that it has taken me this long to process everything that happened. And also I’ve been really busy...
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Washington DC Textures

This past week several LF'ers were in DC for the 2015 GreenBuild Conference. We took in some great sessions and enjoyed seeing the sites. The following are our favorite textures from the week: In the Midnight Garden - Jennifer Angus - Renwick Gallery First Congregational United Church of Christ - Todd Williams and Billie Tsien Architects Renwick Gallery - James Renwick Jr Architect Fountain near 1101 New York Ave Lincoln Memorial Plexus A1 - Gabriel Dawe- Renwick Gallery Statue of Owney the Postal Mascot - National Postal Museum Untitled - Tara Donovan - Renwick Gallery Stamp Archives -...