SAF Board of Directors

Anne Marie Bergevin

Michael Bush

Carrie Cox

Anne Essner

Dr. Michael Kalman

Lisa Russo

Christopher Wilson, PhD

David Zaccardelli

Immediate Past Chair
Janet Minker

Advisory Council

Carl Abbott, FAIA

David Brain, PhD

Robert Essner

Gregory Hall, AIA LEED AP

Dwight E. Holmes, FAIA

Martie Lieberman

Lorrie Muldowney
AICP, Associate AIA

Joyce Owens, RIBA, AIA

Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA


Erika Cain
Operations Director

Sarasota Architectural Foundation Mission
Advocate. Educate. Celebrate.
SAF is dedicated to increasing awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.

• We inform city and county leaders about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and the benefits of preserving its unique structures.

• We award two annual SAF - Paul Rudolph scholarships to the best and brightest architecture students with financial needs. The program is in its seventh year.

• We present ongoing films, lectures and tours, and the annual SarasotaMOD 3-day architecture festival in November. SAF built and exhibited a full-scale Replica of architect Paul Rudolph's iconic Walker Guest House on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum from November 2015 – April 30, 2017.

This is what we do best. With the generous support of our members and the community, we will accomplish even more.

Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is passionate in our belief that an informed and motivated public ultimately results in a better built environment — one that is both respectful of our buildings and our history. Every day, midcentury structures across America are reduced to rubble because they have few defenders. We hope that you, as a member and supporter of SAF, will continue to be, or will become one of those much-needed champions, so that together we can inform discussions and alter outcomes. SAF thanks our dedicated members, homeowners, sponsors, donors and volunteers who continue their support and involvement throughout the year, and invite everyone to join our very special organization. Become a SAF Member Today.

>  Download 2017 Annual SAF Members Report

SAF is proud to share that we were the recipient Champion of Architecture award from the Gulf Coast AIA during the 2018 Design Conference for our work in promoting architecture to the community.

Sarasota Bayfront Development Proposals:
SAF Position Statement

"The SAF advocates for the preservation of Sarasota’s architectural heritage with regards to these structures, especially in terms of re-purposing them for new and different uses, which would both ecologically and financially match with The Bay Sarasota’s sixth guiding principle of the planning exercise, Sustainability."
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2018 Organizational Achievement Heritage Award

SAF proudly received the 2018 Sarasota County "Organizational Achievement" Heritage Award from the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County. Congratulations to our fellow award winners. Shown above:
Jeff LaHurd, Historical Research
Howard Davis, BOTA Center/Developer, Historic Structure Preservation
Steve Koski, Archaeological Conservancy
Betty Intagliata, Lillian Burns Individual Achievement
Deborah Walk, Historical Collections Preservation
Christopher Wilson, Sarasota Architectural Foundation, Organizational Achievement

SAF Community Recognition

2018 Sarasota County "Organizational Achievement" Heritage Award from the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County

2018 AIA Florida Gulf Coast "Champion of Architecture" Award

2017 AIA Florida/Caribbean Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is the outgrowth of "An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium," a five-day showcase in 2001 of Sarasota County's unique mid-century modern architecture known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Developed by members of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc. (FASS), the tour was attended by over 1,000 design professionals, scholars, and individuals from around the world, and comprised lectures, guided bus and boat tours, a documentary, exhibitions and social events. A core group of tour organizers subsequently formed SAF to focus on the ongoing preservation and celebration of the Sarasota School structures, and the promotion of architectural excellence within the Sarasota community.

Since SAF's incorporation in 2002, the organization has presented numerous architectural tours, film screenings, and educational events for design professionals and the general public. SAF's core membership is a diverse group of individuals, each of whom share the vision that Sarasota is an epicenter of significant architectural design. Membership in SAF supports that vision and broadens its appeal, being part of Sarasota's future, while celebrating the richness of its past.

YouTube Video
Dylan Turk Presentation 4-25-17
Handle With Care

Dylan Turk Presentation

YouTube Video
Max Strang Presentation 3-8-17
Evolution of Florida Modernism

YouTube Video
SarasotaMOD Weekend 11-12-16
Victor Lundy Legacy Panel

YouTube Lundy Legacy Panel

Victor A. Lundy, FAIA
First Annual Art + Architecture
Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented by
Sarasota Architectural Foundation

SarasotaMOD Weekend
Friday, November 11, 2016
Blue Pagoda Building (Victor Lundy,1956)
Sarasota, FL

“I consider myself both [an architect and an artist]. For me, art is architecture — and architecture is art. They’re forms of creative expression in very different media, but they come from the same place.” — Victor Lundy

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SAF is a
not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement
and advocates to preserve the midcentury modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles.
SAF, PO Box 2911, Sarasota, FL 34230  
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