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, info@saf-srq.org
Media inquiries call 941-487-8728.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, March 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Alfred Goldstein Library at Ringling College, 1218 - 1256 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, FL 34234
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    NOTE: this event will be held in the new Ringling College
    Alfred Goldstein Library


    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 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-basedMax Strang 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's Gene Leedy, an important member of the Sarasota School of Architecture. 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.

    More Information about Max Strang:
    www.strang.design
    https://www.facebook.com/strangarchitecture

    Thank you to Ringling College for tonight's venue!

    Ringling College Alfred Goldstein Library

    Please note this event is in the new Ringling College of Art + Design's Alfred Goldstein Library
    1218 - 1256 Dr. Martin Luther King Way
    Sarasota, FL 34234

    Southeast Corner of Dr MLK Way and Bradenton Road
    *Entrance is on Bradenton Road.

    If you'd like to tour the new Ringling College Library at 4:15 pm, please RSVP via email: info@saf-srq.org

    • Saturday, March 25, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Osprey, Florida
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    Please join SAF for a tour of this remarkable artists' compound on South Creek in Osprey, Florida. Featuring a talk by architect Glenn Darling, AIA, Hall Architects, and a wine and cheese reception.

    Wabi Sabi is a worldview characterized by the awareness and expression of beauty through the integrity and inherent imperfection of natural objects and processes. Materials are left in their natural state as a way of expressing the process and “hand” of the builders.

    Cypress ceilings, cork and plywood floors bring warmth and depth while serving as a counterpoint to the wood-grained masonry and concrete holding the living and working areas up above the base flood elevation. An expansive grassy open area between the two houses rolls down to the water, connecting the interior spaces with the semi-tropical setting.

    SAF thanks homeowners and ceramic artists Lynne Osterman and Michael Newman for graciously opening their home.

    3 to 4 pm - House Tour
    4 to 5 pm - Talk by Glenn Darling, AIA
    5 to 6 pm - Wine and Cheese Reception

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

    The tour has limited accessibility. Please contact info@SAF-SRQ.org with any questions.

    Photo © Ryan Gamma

    • 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: info@SAF-SRQ.org, 941-364-2199

    Download Ringling College Campus Map


    • Sunday, April 09, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Osprey, Florida
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    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.

    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 info@SAF-SRQ.org 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: info@SAF-SRQ.org, 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

    SarasotaMOD.com

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