San Antonio-based Lake|Flato Architects will soon be making Austin its second home. The firm has had a distinct presence in the city over the past 30 years, having designed several its iconic structures including Hotel San Jose, The University of Texas AT&T Executive Education Center, and the Harry Ransom Center. Lake|Flato Architects' new office hopes to build upon strong existing relationships and continue to help shape the urban transformation underway in the "Live Music Capital of The World."
“The expansion is an opportunity for Lake|Flato to build upon the firm’s focus on enriching communities while tapping into this growing center of technology and innovation," commented founding partner Ted Flato, FAIA.
The firm's new office is scheduled to open in 2016 and will be led by founding partner David Lake, FAIA. As an Austin native and graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Lake has strong ties to Austin and has continued to be an outspoken advocate for reponsible, sustainable urban design. In the 1970s, he played an integral part in the expansion of linear parkways linking to Lady Bird Lake, which have made a lasting civic impact on the burgeoning city. Lake is currently leading the design efforts for two of Austin's newest downtown additions, the Austin Central Library and the Magdalena Boutique Hotel on South Congress.
“Austin is a remarkable place, with a very authentic spirit,” says Lake. “The vibrant city is experiencing a renaissance — with districts seemingly springing up overnight. Authenticity in place making is so critical when a city is expected to double its population by 2040. Lake|Flato’s urban development work has always been focused on creating places with a timeless character, and we are committed to sustainably shaping the evolving urban fabric of Austin.”