SAF Events

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation features ongoing lectures, tours and film events.

The Lecture Series features presentations and discussions by distinguished architects and designers. Topics include "Mid-Century Modernism", "Regional Modernism: The Florida Work of Paul M. Rudolph" and "Modernism and World's Fairs: from London to Shanghai".

SAF House Tours enable members and guests to tour architecturally significant homes and talk with architects, designers, contractors and homeowners.

Admission costs vary and are payable online and at each event, depending on availability, by credit, cash or check.

Questions: 941-364-2199,
Media inquiries call 941-487-8728.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, March 26, 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.
    • Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
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    Join SAF for a screening of the PBS documentary about the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961).

    Co-produced by Saarinen’s son, Eric, the film dives into the life and work of the visionary architect, covering seminal projects including St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, the General Motors Technical Center, New York's TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, and Virginia's Dulles Airport.

    The documentary features rare archival interviews with Eero and his second wife, New York Times art critic Aline Saarinen, as well as new interviews with architects Kevin Roche, César Pelli, Rafael Viñoly, and Robert A. M. Stern, architecture critic Paul Goldberger, curator Donald Albrecht (Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future), author Jayne Merkel (Eero Saarinen) and Cathleen McGuigan, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record.

    Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. It came as no surprise that Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. In 1929 Eero left for Paris where he studied sculpture before enrolling in the Yale architecture program the following year. In 1934, he returned to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father.

    It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames. The two young men, both committed to the exploration of potential new materials and processes, quickly became great friends, pushing each other creatively while collaborating on several projects. The most notable outcome of their partnership was the groundbreaking collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Their collection was awarded first prize in all categories, catapulting the young designers to the forefront of the American modern furniture movement.

    Guest Speaker: Jonathan Parks, AIA, principal of Solstice Architects, will provide perspective on why Saarinen’s work stands apart and continues to inspire.

    53 minutes
    Photo shown: St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, Eero Saarinen, 1965

    Click to see the Film Trailer

    SAF 2017 Film Series Sponsor

    Home Resource Contemporary Furniture

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota FL 34234

    Questions:, 941-364-2199

    Download Ringling College Campus Map

    • Sunday, April 09, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Sarasota, Florida
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    Registration is closed

    Join SAF for an informative and inspiring afternoon at this striking, new 3,600 s.f. residence on Philippi Creek.The courtyard-focused layout features a main house, separate guest wing and one of the most extraordinary garages in SW Florida—all integrated under a high cypress-ceilinged canopy. See how Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture effectively meets the homeowner’s requirements by providing simultaneous privacy and ease of interaction with calming water views.

    Project discussion with architects Michael Halflants, John Pichette and David Morrison of Halflants + Pichette, and the homeowners. Wine reception and guided walks through private and public spaces.

    SAF thanks homeowners Paul Seliskar and Iris Pinero for graciously opening their home.

    Tour Sponsor: Nora Johnson Realtor®

    3 to 4 pm - House Tour
    4 to 5 pm - Talk by Michael Halflants, AIA, LEED AP, Halflants+PIchette
    5 to 6 pm - Wine Reception

    Limited Advance Tickets Only. You'll receive the house address upon completion of your registration.

    The tour has limited accessibility. Please contact with any questions.

    Photo © Bill Speer

    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
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    Let London celebrate their YBAs (Young British Artists)…we have our very own YSAs! Young Sarasota Architects represent the most recent generation of visionaries who are enhancing street views in and around our extraordinary city. The program spotlights Joe Kelly, AIA and Gwen Leroy-Kelly, Assoc. AIA of Hive Architects, Christopher Leader, AIA of Leader Design Studio, and Punit Patel of SAWA Design Studio, as they present recent projects and talk about the evolution of their work.

    Join fellow SAF members and see the best of clean-edged, graceful and highly livable designs from four of our best and brightest.

    Presentations from each firm, followed by audience Q & A and a meet-and-greet reception.

    Illustration shown: LS1 House Lido Shores, Hive Architects, 2017

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota FL 34234

    Questions:, 941-364-2199

    Download Ringling College Campus Map

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
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    SAF's special guest speaker, architecture curator Dylan Turk, will focus on the unique story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House, a pristine 1954 Usonian House originally constructed in Millstone, New Jersey.  The house was acquired in 2014 and integrated into the collection story at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. It opened to the public in November 2015. Mr. Turk will discuss his role as the project curator, the early conversations about bringing architecturally significant structures to Crystal Bridges, the unique challenges of relocating a Frank Lloyd Wright House, and the monumental impact the House has had on the museum's audience, collection and field.

    The success of the Bachman-Wilson House dramatically amplified Crystal Bridges' architecture program, thus justifying the recently acquired Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome. Turk will discuss this project and the process of erecting the Fly's Eye Dome this summer. Finally, he will link the five AIA awarding-winning architects in the Crystal Bridges architecture program to Sarasota Modernism.

    There will be an audience Q & A and a meet-and-greet reception following the lecture.

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota FL 34234

    Questions:, 941-364-2199
    Bachman-Wilson House, shown above: photo ©Nancy Nolan Photgraphy
    Click to download Ringling College Campus Map

    Dylan Turk joined Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2015. Turk curated Building Crystal Bridges: Art, Architecture, Nature a focused exhibition that debuted at the Museum in September, 2015. Building Crystal Bridges is the first exhibition to explore the story of Crystal Bridges’ evolution—from initial conversations, a sketch on a napkin, and the architectural genius of Moshe Safdie—to the cultural institution it has become today. This exhibition morphed into a publication, Art in Architecture, which was published in 2016.

    Most recently, Turk lead the curatorial force behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House. As the complicated reconstruction of the house occurred, Turk researched Wright, the unique history of the Bachman-Wilson House, and the Modernist connections to the regions. Through the development of a diverse platform of interpretation, guests have opportunities to explore the prolific career, principles, and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Bachman-Wilson House opened to the public on November 11, 2015. The publication Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House will be released later this year.

    Turk’s ongoing work at Crystal Bridges focuses on the collection, presentation, and scholarship of the collection, with an emphasis on the development of burgeoning architecture projects including the recently acquired Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome.

    Turk is a Little Rock, Arkansas native who earned his bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Arkansas. 

    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    • 10:00 PM
    • Sarasota, FL

    SarasotaMOD Weekend 2017

    Fourth Annual Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival

    Celebrating Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA

    With Tours, Presentations, Parties

    SAF's Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award
    Presented to Tim Seibert

    Tickets go on sale August 2017

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