David Lake is a founding partner of Lake|Flato Architects. Lake merges regional and environmental design to create site sensitive, distinctive architecture. As an architect, contractor and developer, David has broad experience in the built environment. He believes architecture must “fit” environmentally and contextually, molding our built traditions while looking toward future solutions, and connecting us to our place through the careful stewardship of our natural resources.
Lake has a long-term commitment to sustainable design. For four years he served as a board member of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. He is also a longtime member of the American Solar Energy Society and has served as the Chairman of the Texas AIA Natural Resources Committee.
A longtime advocate for development that both conserves our natural resources and creates contextually relevant architecture, Lake helped found the Coalition for Smart Growth, the Master Plan, and a Downtown Revitalization Plan for San Antonio. Furthermore, he developed San Antonio’s Southside Initiative, Austin’s Historic Zoning Ordinance, and Austin’s Bicentennial Greenbelt Plan. Beyond ongoing downtown redevelopment projects in San Antonio, he is involved in urban design projects from Florida to California. An Austin native and University of Texas at Austin graduate, Lake has played a significant role in shaping the regional architectural discourse.