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 612-578-0952.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

    Join SAF at the Replica for the closing day party as we thank all of the individuals, foundations and companies who have contributed to this special project, and show our sincere appreciation to the 60 volunteer docents who have led daily tours since opening day November 6, 2015.

    Special thanks to The Ringling for hosting our architecture exhibit and to all of the 57,000 + visitors who have toured the house.

    2 PM - Replica Tours

    3 PM - Guest Speakers: Steven High (Executive Director, The Ringling); Architect Joe King (Cypress Construction)
    Music & Dance Performance: "Moving Through Space With Sound - The Walker Guest House Project"
    Producer: Selma Göker Wilson
    Performers: Stephen Miles and Leymis Bolaños Wilmots 

    4 PM - Open Mic for Everyone to Share Stories About the House and Architect Paul Rudolph

    Refreshments, Cash Bar
    RSVP - Free Admission

    Photo: Walker Guest House (1952), architect Paul Rudolph; SAF Replica (2015); © Anton Grassl, Esto

    • Wednesday, May 03, 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
    • 171

    Architect Laurie Baker

    Renowned British-born Indian architect Laurie Baker has been called the “Gandhi of Architecture". He was also an accomplished cartoonist, artist and innovative designer. Baker has been at various times of his life an anesthetist, a nurse, a missionary and an architect. He served in the Second World War in the Friends Ambulance Unit and lived for four years in isolation in remote China taking care of lepers. After a meeting with Gandhi, Baker was convinced to go to India, initially as the chief architect of the Mission to Lepers building leper homes throughout India. He has since lived in Pithoragarh in the foothills of the Himalayas building hospitals and schools and in the tribal areas of Vagamon in Kerala before finally settling down in the city of Trivandrum.

    Baker's body of work is significant both in terms of the volume and sheer diversity as well as in terms of the innovative and practical concepts he introduced. He has designed and built a dance village, computer institutes, fishermen’s huts, chapels and churches, factories, schools, film studios, orphanages, tourist resorts, residences, technical institutes, earthquake and tsunami resistant houses, leprosy homes, a Literacy Village, hostels, slum dwellings improvement, an ornithology centre, government buildings, a blind children’s international school and a museum. In Kerala alone, he has built over 2000 buildings. He has also done pioneering work into earthquake and tsunami proof housing.

    He once said: “I think I am subconsciously often strongly influenced by nature, and much of nature's 'structural work' is not straight or square. A tall reed of grass in a windy, wild terrain is a long cylinder or a hollow tube; tree trunks and stems of plants that carry fruit and leaves are usually cylindrical and not square. Curves are there to take stresses and strains and to stand up to all sorts of external forces. On top if it all, they look good and beautiful and are infinitely more elegant than straight lines of steel and concrete."

    For more information, visit

    > Interview with director Vineet Radhakrishnan on the making of the documentary about his grandfather Laurie Baker

    > This film was featured in ArchDaily’s "Architecture Documentaries To Watch In 2017"

    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

    • 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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