Lake|Flato Architects

Desert House in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Lake|Flato Architects.

Location: 311 3rd St San Antonio, TX 78205
Description: Established in 1984, Lake|Flato is a commercial, residential, and prefab architecture firm that emphasizes sustainable design in projects that conserve resources and integrate seamlessly into the natural environment. Based in San Antonio, the firm has gained national recognition for its unique approach to designing for place.
Medium size firm with ~50 in-house designers.
Although Lake|Flato began with residential, the firm now serves commercial and public clients, as well.
In-house sustainability coordinator is consulting in the pre-planning phases of every project.
Post-occupancy sustainability monitors provides design feedback, which can be effectively utilized for future projects and revisions.
Assessments are derived from live web monitoring system, eMonitor, in addition to qualitative feedback from client.
By integrated sustainable principles into every step of the design process, the finished product is more organically sustainable than might otherwise be achieved.
Prefabricated housing division aims to produce houses that are modern, environmentally friendly, and economical.
Conclusion: We were treated with something more than a tour with Lake|Flato; rather, we were enveloped by their company culture, which was marked by a number of sustainable characteristics. A significant portion of the employees commute to work via bicycle, and they advocate for a cycling culture in the San Antonio area. The office itself is an example of adaptive reuse, converting an old car dealership into a remarkably intimate studio space. We also had the opportunity to meet with the firm’s in-house sustainability consultant, who was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her work. I found Lake|Flato’s approach to sustainability to be very refreshing, and I would hope their model is being adopted by firms throughout the industry and beyond.

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