Newsletter: July 2016 – Issue 9

September 28th, 2016


Summer Edition

Early this summer we closed our Modern Show exhibit and are spending a few weeks to reflect on the past year, assess our progress and performance, conduct Board strategic planning sessions and schedule the program calendar for the next year. The Center will reopen in late August and we look forward to seeing you then.

We are deeply grateful for your participation and support this past year and hope to exceed your expectations in the coming season. Please let us hear from you with your ideas and comments. Below is a recap of our Spring events, current news and a few hints at what we are planning for the fall.

The Modern Show’s a Winner

The Center’s May celebration raised over $50,000, which will be dedicated to the Center’s 2016-2017 programming. Over 500 people attended the events, including the keynote lecture on The Interiors of Paul Rudolph by designer Richard Geary, tours of exceptional mid-century homes, and an all-day, free-of-charge design show and sale. A special feature was the exhibit of original and rarely-seen furniture that Paul Rudolph designed for his New York apartment in the late 1970s.

Generous donors contributed some 200 items to be sold at the event including iconic pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Saarinen, Breuer, Nelson, Heywood Wakefield, Starck and Bertoia. Top donors were Colette and George Nozika, Dan Denton, and Richard and Gail Levin. Show sponsors were: Kerkering Barberio, Ashridge Holding Ltd., Gerdes Construction, Guy Peterson OFA, Home Resource, Visit Sarasota, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Story Project Partner, Observer and Cheryl Gaddie Interior Design. Additional lectures were presented by David Lowe, Maxine Corbett, Stephen Belton and Guy Peterson. Over sixty volunteers contributed their time and talents under the highly-skilled and tireless leadership of Event Chair Cheryl Gaddie.

The goal for the event was to create a broad-reaching fundraiser that exemplifies the CFAS mission ? to teach, encourage and celebrate good design. Our sincere thanks to all of you who attended and participated.

Coming This Fall 

October ? Architecture and Design Month

Planning for the Center’s annual October celebration is well underway. A cornerstone of the celebration is our very popular Building A Dayprogram edited by Board Chair Cynthia Peterson with critical production support from Lissette Callejas. Expect to see the first featured building in your in-box promptly on October 1.

We are pleased to announce that October programming will feature an exclusive tour of the late Sinologist Elling O. Eide Foundation’s historic and biodiverse 72-acre compound on Little Sarasota Bay. The newly-constructed Library, designed by Guy Peterson OFA, houses Eide’s personal library which contains over 60,000 volumes which include more than 300 rare books dating back to before 1000 AD and a unique collection of Asian artifacts. The Library will serve as an important resource for scholars and visitors from all over the world.

CFAS/CityLab Sarasota Events
The Center will again host a Welcome and Scholarship Awards Reception for the incoming CityLab architectural graduate students when they arrive in late summer. We’ll welcome our continuing students from last year’s program, meet this year’s new students and present a scholarship award to each. The date will be announced soon. If you are interested in contributing to our CityLab Scholarship fund, please contact Board member and Scholarship Chair Joe Barbetta at

In the fall we will present the CityLab Sarasota’s Bayfront Sketches Exhibit and Programming. This major project from last semester’s curriculum includes conceptual visions for designing the Sarasota Bayfront Performing Arts Park. CityLab Program Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold worked with the students to createmaster plan visions along with architectural design proposals for a new symphony hall. Although not part of the Bayfront 20:20 effort, the students utilized the wealth of information gathered by the group including land use constraints, FEMA requirements, and the goals and aspirations of the many stakeholders who make up the Bayfront 20:20collaborative.

The students met with various stakeholders, studied precedent projects, visited similar facilities in Florida, and extensively reviewed the minutes and summaries of the meetings to date. They studied the many disparate issues at play leading to three alternative master plan proposals that are rendered in drawings and tabletop scale models. This Exhibit will be on view at the Center, and speakers and panel discussions will be presented on the project.

“The Bayfront 20:20 group will steward perhaps the most important civic investment that will characterize Sarasota’s future since the efforts of John Ringling. UF CityLab-Sarasota is honored and privileged to arrive here during this important period of time and we are hopeful we can contribute to gathering the best and brightest ideas for the future of the Bayfront Performing Arts Park.”

CityLab Program Director Martin Gold

CFAS Leaders Guy Peterson and Michael Walker Honored with Major AIA Awards

This fall we will congratulate and honor two members who have recently earned prestigious awards related to their work on the restoration of our building, the McCulloch Pavilion. As you may know, Guy Peterson worked closely with original 1960 Scott Building architect Joe Farrell in the design for the restoration and renovation of the Center. Michael Walker lead the construction team that translated into the stunning building we now enjoy. Michael and his subcontractors also donated a great deal of in-kind time and product to help defray expenses. Both of these leaders have given a tremendous amount of time, expertise and funds to the Center, and we are gratified that they have been recognized for their efforts by the American Institute of Architects.

Michael K. Walker & Associates has won the 2016 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence – AIA biennale peer recognition award) for the finest remodeling project in the 12 southeastern states. The Chrysalis Awards have honored the finest remodeling projects in the nation that reflect the professional excellence of the residential and commercial remodeling industry. This award was specifically given for the commercial remodel of the former Scott building now the Center for Architecture. This award highlights a firm that ?is gaining recognition in the general design community through a body of built work and continuing commitment to design excellence.?

And that’s not all. Michael also garnered the 2016 AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Builder of the Year Award ? also for the Commercial Remodel of the Center.

Guy Peterson, FAIA has been honored with the 2016 AIA Florida Gold Medal Award, the highest award that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members. It recognizes an individual architect in Florida who has made ?a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time? and has demonstrated ?long-term, noteworthy accomplishments in the AIA, as well as community organizations or governmental bodies and whose career represents over and above what is normally expected.? Because this award recognizes his noteworthy endeavors in the community, we are proud that Guy’s leadership in the restoration design of the Center’s building (along with Joe Farrell, AIA, original 1960 co-architect of the building) contributed to this extraordinary recognition by his peers. Guy is only the second Sarasota-based architect to receive that honor. The first was Paul Rudolph.

Member Spotlight: Cheryl Gaddie

Siesta Key and Sarasota residents have known and respected Cheryl Gaddie for her years of design excellence with her CG Interior Design business and also for the time and talent she has shared with her community and her vibrant personality. While running her thriving business she also has chaired the Siesta Key Village Business Association and the Siesta Chamber of Commerce. This spring Cheryl volunteered to serve as Event Chair for the Center’s Modern Show, and it was tremendous success. Her business expertise and leadership skills are truly impressive, and her drive and sense of humor make working with her a joy. She motivated every donor and every volunteer to do their best– and they did.

The astonishing side of this achievement was that at the same time she was chairing the Show, Cheryl was completing the final work toward her Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Not only was she chairing this major fundraising event in Sarasota, she was finishing her thesis and flying to and from San Francisco for her final reviews. Her hard work was rewarded and she now has another academic feather in her cap. May was a banner month for Cheryl (but we doubt she got much sleep).

Cheryl, you have our congratulations and our deepest respect and gratitude.

Upcoming Events

Welcome and Scholarship Awards Reception
Date to be announced

CityLab Sarasota Exhibit and Programming
Date to be announced

October Kick Off – Exclusive Tour of Elling O. Eide Foundation
Date to be announced