Embracing the Landscape

During the launching party for the RGVMOD website, we had the honor of welcoming Architectural Historian Stephen Fox as our special guest. Stephen’s research and passion for midcentury modernism has been our source of inspiration throughout the years.

We were pleasantly surprised when Stephen bestowed us with a beatiful book by the University of Texas Press titled “Lake Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscapes.”

Lake|Flato is an architectural firm that believes in architecture that is rooted to its place, responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. With a palette of regional materials, we create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted. As stewards of the natural environment and our client’s resources, we shape every project with empirical environmental knowledge and energy modeling resulting in sustainable strategies that artfully respond to each site’s unique context.

In 2004, the American Institute of Architects awarded Lake|Flato the prestigious Firm Award – the highest honor an American architecture firm can receive.

Lake Flato Architects

Lake Flato Architects


One of our strongest pet-peeves here at RGVMOD is the unsurmountable use of stucco in new  buildings across the Rio Grande Valley where we have warm sub-tropical weather most of the year. We believe we are afraid of  sunlight, and seek to obstruct it as much as possible when, as we can see in this book, it can be magnificently used if designed right.  The goal of RGVMOD is to inspire the design and construction of beautiful buildings in the Rio Grande Valley that will bestow a meaningful legacy for future generations. I believe Frank Lloyd Wright said it best when he said:

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

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