When Lake|Flato first started the company in 1984, having some ideas, they never thought it would become the great firm it is nowadays. They didn’t discard their beliefs, from the beginning knowing the kind of buildings they wanted to design, they pointed to an architecture that would respond to the needs of the surrounding environment so that it creates an impact around it too, in a meaningful way. Partnering with the best local craftsmen, creating and exploring, 30 years later, the mentioned beliefs continue to be apart of the company’s philosophy. It was not only the firm that grew but the entire team and the works that are part of its portfolio as well, the desire to design it’s not done, they realized that they get the best results if they combine family, building and place. The process and the final result fills them in an incalculable way. CovetED will show you the power of Lake|Flato, don’t go anywhere!
Starting from a culture of design excellence, mentorship, professional development, and other important criteria, the company that’s made of architects, teachers, community advocates and environmental administrators, aims to educate the next generation in the best possible way. Lake|Flato focuses on people, that’s what they’re all about, people who are design artists working together for everyone’s benefit. These values echo throughout the company and everyone wants to be part of this adventure, sharing the love of their work by developing what they really enjoy, participating with diverse perspectives and design solutions, emphasizing collaborative work and mutual respect, they know they are bigger like that.
“Lake|Flato is passionate about public service and sharing our design expertise and thought leadership. We are a committed member of Public Architecture’s 1+ program, a national movement in partnership with the AIA that coordinates and advocates for pro bono architectural efforts in the public interest. As a committed 1+ firm, Lake|Flato fulfils a yearly pledge to contribute 1% of our design staff’s total project hours toward pro bono design work focused on non-profit clients working for the public good. Our pro bono architectural work is done with the same passion and rigour as all our projects, and has helped a number of fledgeling organizations plan smartly for growth, assess strategies for sustainability and be aspirational with their new buildings.”
A big aspect of this firm that we couldn’t forget, is the fact that Lake|Flato as the objective of being a master on the planning and design of eco-conservation projects throughout all the landscape they step. They start by comprehending the cultural and environmental context so that they can develop sustainable solutions for their projects. They want to educate their public in the best way to foster a sense of connectedness between visitors and the natural environment. “Eco-conservation projects designed by Lake|Flato have been awarded three national AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Project Awards, a LEED for New Construction Platinum certification and numerous national AIA Design Awards.”
“The guidance and leadership provided by Lake|Flato made what was considered an impossible task by many, something that was able to be accomplished with exemplary results.”
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