Board of Directors
Deborah G. DartDan Snyder
Dr. Michael Kalman
Carl Abbott, FAIA
David Brain, PhD
Martin A. Gold, AIA,
Director, School of Architecture, University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning
Virginia Haley, President,
Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gregory Hall, AIA LEED AP
Dwight E. Holmes, FAIA
Historic Preservation Specialist, Sarasota County History Center
Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA
Sarasota Architectural Foundation Mission:
To promote preservation and awareness of Sarasota's architecture and design, beginning with the Sarasota School of Architecture and beyond.
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.
SAF's members regularly work with and cultivate an expanding list of nationally recognized journalists, authors and photographers in order to promote Sarasota's modern architectural legacy. Articles in magazines, including Metropolis, Modernism, Conde Nast Traveler, and Details, have all benefited from the input and guidance of SAF. Books from Rizzoli entitled "Florida Modern" and "Modern Highrise" were assisted by SAF in the location and procurement of photographic and interview opportunities.
SAF 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 the 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.
SAF's core membership is a diverse group of individuals, each of whom share the vision that Sarasota is an epicenter of significant architectural design. Membership in SAF supports that vision and broadens its appeal, being part of Sarasota's future, while celebrating the richness of its past.