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

    • Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

    SAF members are invited to attend our annual meeting as the SAF board of directors review 2016 andSAF Annual Members Meetingpresent programs, plans and events for 2017 and beyond. This is a great opportunity to get involved, ask questions, share ideas and meet and greet fellow members.  

    Complimentary wine and snacks reception.

    Thank you to our hosts 
    Freedom Senior Management

    SAF Members Free

    Not a member? Join SAF at the meeting or online.

    Annual SAF Dues
    $50 Individual; $90 Family (2 people); $35 Student.


    • Thursday, January 26, 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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    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, often called the world’s most famous house, will be the subject of a lecture and film presentation by the museum’s longtime director, Lynda Waggoner.

    The story of how in the midst of the Great Depression this extraordinary building came into being, reviving the flagging career of Wright and propelling its owners to positions of importance in the art world will be the subject of her talk, which will be followed by a filmed tour of the building. If you have never visited, or would like to refresh your memory of your experience of this world masterpiece, you will undoubtedly enjoy the evening.
    Lynda Waggoner
    “Lynda Waggoner understands Fallingwater in a way that few others alive do...because she is a direct link to the Kaufmanns and an indirect link to Wright,” wrote American Institute of Architects member Robert Bailey in a review of Waggoner’s book, “Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Romance with Nature.”

    All fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater and the Sarasota School of Architecture should plan to attend this delightful evening, as Carl Abbott will also be on hand to talk with Lynda about the influence Mr. Wright and the organic architecture movement had on the development of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

    Thursday, January 26, 2017
    5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Ringling College of Art + Design
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234

    $10 SAF Member
    $15 Public
    Free for Ringling College Students and Staff with RSVP

    Ms. Waggoner will sign copies of the book "Fallingwater" (available for purchase) during the meet-and-greet reception after tonight's program.

    Questions:, 941-364-2199

    • Wednesday, February 08, 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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    Please join SAF for a screening of DESERT UTOPIA, a documentary that looks at the evolution of modern architecture. Highlighting Palm Springs, the city with the highest concentration of mid-century modern architecture in the country, this film weaves architectural images, vintage photography, classic film clips and interviews, including rare archival footage of architects Albert Frey, John Porter Clark, Raymond Lowey and Richard Neutra. 

    58 minutes
    Photo shown: The Tramway Gas Station designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers in 1965 - now the Palm Spring's Visitors Center.

    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

    • Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium, 2699 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

    SAF is honored to have award-winning architect Max Strang, FAIA give a presentation about how the Sarasota School of Architecture movement has influenced his body of work. As one of Florida’s pre-eminent practitioners of regional modernism, Strang has demonstrated that the optimistic spirit of the Sarasota School movement can indeed be advanced into a new era.This continuity of tradition and critical exploration have infused Strang’s projects across the state of Florida and the Caribbean.

    Max Strang is the founding principal of [STRANG], a Miami-based architecture firm acclaimed for its site-specific and climate-driven designs. Through his work and discourse, Strang has consistently underscored the ongoing relevance and importance of regional modernism to an international audience. In 2016, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang worked in London for the world-renowned Zaha Hadid and in New York for SHoP Architects. The architect of greatest influence, however, was Florida architect Gene Leedy, an important member of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement. Strang was raised in a Leedy-designed home and later interned in Leedy's Winter Haven office. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in architecture from the University of Florida and received a graduate degree from Columbia University.

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