Advocate. Educate. Celebrate. Three words that exemplify SAF's mission.
• We inform city and county leaders about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and the benefits of preserving its unique structures.
• We award two annual SAF - Paul Rudolph scholarships to the best and brightest architecture students with financial needs. The program is in its fifth year.
• We present ongoing films, lectures and tours, and the SarasotaMOD 3-day architecture festival in November. SAF is also exhibiting a full-scale Replica of architect Paul Rudolph's iconic Walker Guest House on the grounds of The Ringling Museum until April 30, 2017.
This is what we do best. With the generous support of our members and the community, we will accomplish even more.
Board of Directors
Anne Marie Bergevin
Carl Abbott, FAIA
David Brain, PhD
Gregory Hall, AIA LEED AP
Dwight E. Holmes, FAIA
Joyce Owens, RIBA, AIA
Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA
Sarasota Architectural Foundation Mission
The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is the outgrowth of "An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium," a five-day showcase in 2001 of Sarasota County's unique mid-century modern architecture known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Developed by members of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc. (FASS), the tour was attended by over 1,000 design professionals, scholars, and individuals from around the world, and comprised lectures, guided bus and boat tours, a documentary, exhibitions and social events. A core group of tour organizers subsequently formed SAF to focus on the ongoing preservation and celebration of the Sarasota School structures, and the promotion of architectural excellence within the Sarasota community.
Since SAF's incorporation in 2002, the organization has presented numerous architectural tours, film screenings, and educational events for design professionals and the general public.
supports architectural excellence through education and advocacy at
every level of Sarasota government, actively participating in
discussions about design standards for commercial and downtown
development. In 2005, SAF took part in the selection process for the
design of the bus transit facility (Seibert Architects PA) adjacent to
Sarasota City Hall, a notable example of the Sarasota School by
architect Jack West, 1966. SAF has also helped underwrite like-minded
efforts of other organizations, such as the AIA Gulf Coast Chapter's "No
Brakes" design competition and "10x10" presentations.