Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Spring 2004 Newsletter

High Honors for Ransom Center Architects


Etched glass windows conceived by
Lake/Flato. 2004.

The Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the Texas firm Lake/Flato Architects, Inc. (Lake/Flato) as recipient of the 2004 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

Annually, the AIA bestows its highest honor on an architectural firm to recognize a practice that has consistently produced prominent architecture for at least 10 years. Based in San Antonio, Lake/Flato has undertaken projects in a broad range of places, types, and scales. From residential to civil, corporate and commercial to educational, Lake/Flato exercises an enriching approach to architecture, evident from the more than 90 regional and national architectural awards the firm has received over the last 20 years.

As architect on the recent renovation of the Ransom Center, Lake/Flato worked closely with staff and administration to realize a new vision for the Center's public areas. Their attention to the inherent needs of a world-renowned public facility, the limitations of completing a project in an operational institution, and innovation in functional design combined to make the renovation an unequivocal success. The Ransom Center wishes to congratulate Lake/Flato Architects on this highly-esteemed and much deserved award.

Lake/Flato partner David Lake comments on the AIA award, The University of Texas at Austin, and the renovation project: "It is a remarkable honor to receive the 2004 AIA National Firm Award. To be recognized by our peers as contributing to the profession places Lake/Flato in remarkable company with many other fine firm award recipients, such as I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, and Skidman Owings Merrill.

"I am so proud of our entire firm and delighted that 22 members of our staff graduated from UT Austin Architecture School; this award recognizes the strength of the UT Austin Architecture Program.

"We could not have received this award without the patronage and participation of our clients. The Harry Ransom Center and the university were very supportive of our desire to transform the HRC. The HRC was one of Lake/Flato's projects that were presented to the AIA Board of Directors because it demonstrated our ability to artfully address a complex problem of great significance to the university and the State of Texas. As in all our projects, we could not have transformed the HRC successfully without client collaboration. For these reasons, I feel this firm award also honors our clients and I thank Director Tom Staley, the HRC staff, and the university for their dedication to improving our built environment."  

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