SAF Events

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation features lectures, house 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 while enjoying wine and light fare.

Questions call 941.364.2199 or info@saf-srq.org to reserve.
Admission costs vary and are payable online with PayPal and at each event, cash or check.
All media inquiries call 941-487-8728.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 03, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 45
    A fascinating and informative introduction to the work of Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the 20th century’s most influential architects, combining his classic buildings with observations from architecture superstars, including Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller and Phyllis Lambert, plus comments from his biographer and family. Mies’ entire body of work (more than 70 buildings) and modernist and minimalist style reflect his motto that “less is more”.

    "Delightfully thoughtful and sensual... is itself a model of design. Cinematographer Francois Dutil lavishes tracking shots on Mies landmarks [and] highlights lustrous details, always attuned to the interplay of light, shadow and rain with Mies' glass, steel and concrete. Ramachandra Borcar's superb jazz score cues the eye to spatial rhythms in Mies' facades and plazas. The architectural experts on hand...prove to be adept wordsmiths in their aptly edited soundbites. A lens for looking at Mies' modernist and minimalist style."
    — Chicago Sun-Times


    Limited Seating - Advance payment, registration only.
    Questions, RSVP: info@saf-srq.org, 941-364-2199

    Introduction by Jean Renoux, art and architecture lecturer, film maker, interior designer and tour guide. Jean has conducted many tours of Mies' buildings in both Europe and North America and will share stories of those visits.

    6:30 - 7:00 pm Check-in
    7:00 - 7:15 pm Introduction by Jean Renoux
    7:15 - 8:15 pm Film Screening
    8:15 - 9:00 pm Q + A


    Suggested donations support the SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship Fund.
    All contributions to SAF are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture. A copy of our official registration and financial information #SC-1050 may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. FEIN 04-3699738.


    Photo above: Mies van der Rohe by Frank Scherschel, courtesy Time Life Pictures, Getty Images
    • Thursday, March 19, 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

    A look at Miami’s modernist architectural legacy from Art Deco through the midcentury – how it was almost lost, then found, and the threats this legacy still faces.

    Beth Dunlop is editor in chief of Modern Magazine and author of Tropical Cottage: At Home in Coconut Grove (Rizzoli, 2013)

    5:00 to 5:30 pm Check-in
    5:30 to 6:30 pm Lecture
    6:30 to 7:00 pm Q + A
    7:00 to 8:00 pm Reception

    • Tuesday, April 07, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 86
    Slapstick prevails when French filmmaker and star Jacques Tati’s eccentric, old-fashioned hero, Mr. Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, a geometric, ultra-modern home. “Mon Oncle” is an amusing satire of mechanized living and consumer society that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and New York Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Limited Seating - Advance payment, registration only.
    Questions, RSVP: info@saf-srq.org, 941-364-2199

    Introduction by Dr. Susan Doll, Film Historian, Ringling College of Art + Design

    6:30 - 7:00 pm Check-in
    7:00 - 7:15 pm Introduction by Dr. Susan Doll
    7:15 - 9:15 pm Film Screening
    9:15 - 9:30 pm Q + A


    Suggested donations support the SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship Fund.
    All donations to SAF are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture. A copy of our official registration and financial information #SC-1050 may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free 800-435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. FEIN 04-3699738.


    Photo above: Mies van der Rohe by Frank Scherschel, courtesy Time Life Pictures, Getty Images
    • Thursday, April 23, 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The 1939 World’s Fair in New York City introduced many new products and ideas about the future of the American home, promoting industrial design and new materials. But where could the average consumer touch, feel and buy modern design? And how could they learn how to choose, and use, the revolutionary new shapes, products and appliances? This lecture will demonstrate how modern design was popularized for the American consumer, highlighting the importance of designers like Russel and Mary Wright, curators like Alexander Girard and John McAndrew, and shopkeepers like Benjamin Thompson at Design Research or Kitty Weese and Jody Kingrey at Baldwin Kingrey.

    Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic. Her essays, reviews and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker blog, and the New York Times. She has a monthly Opinion column at Dezeen. During academic year 2013–2014 Lange was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), as well as the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012). She has long been interested in the creation of domestic life, a theme running through Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson, as well as her contributions to Formica Forever (Metropolis Books, 2013) and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale University Press, 2006). Visit www.alexandralange.net

    5:00 to 5:30 pm Check-in
    5:30 to 6:30 pm Lecture
    6:30 to 7:00 pm Q + A
    7:00 to 8:00 pm Reception

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