#46: Sarasota/Tammy Hauser + The Center for Architecture
Tammy Hauser is Executive Director for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, a nexus for midcentury Modernist houses. She’s the CEO of Blue Sky Thinking, a consulting firm based in Sarasota for nonprofit organizations. This spring, the Center for Architecture Sarasota hosts an exhibition on Larry Scarpa, a Modernist architect based in Los Angeles, who uses conventional materials in unexpected ways and is considered a leader in sustainable design. She’s also a commercial theater producer and creator of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a theatrical experience for women.
Giving Newtown a voice — and listening to it
When architect, artist and city planner Germane Barnes moved to Opa-Locka in 2013, he knew he was facing an enormous challenge. The low-income and predominantly African-American Miami suburb had a reputation for two things: the unusual Moorish architecture favored by its founder, and a rate of violent crime — once ranked the worst in the country — so out of control city leaders had blocked entrances to the neighborhood with metal barriers to stem drug traffic.
HAROLD BUBIL: Uncommon uses for common items
Crushed aluminum cans, ping-pong balls, brooms and Dixie Cups don’t sound like building materials — unless you are familiar with the work of the prominent Los Angeles architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa.
Led by Larry Scarpa and Angela Brooks, the firm has established an international reputation by blending progressive architecture with fine art.
New CFAS Exec
CFAS’ Tammy Hauser provides business foundation at cultural institution.
Tammy Hauser has a spent a lifetime working in the arts, founding Blue Sky Thinking to consult and provide administration for cultural institutions locally and around the country. Now, she heads up the Center for Architecture Sarasota, celebrating the beautiful physical environment in a community that helped drive the modern movement. We spoke with the new CFAS executive director about her own foundation.
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN MONTH: Fresh start for CFAS
By Harold Bubil
Real estate editor
Under new leadership, the Center for Architecture Sarasota will focus on “socially responsive” architecture for both its fourth annual Architecture and Design Month in October and the remainder of the exhibition season.
“Architecture and design is part of everything we do” as community residents, said Tammy Hauser, the nonprofit organization’s new executive director following the retirement of founder Cindy Peterson, Hon. AIA. “You can’t separate that.
“Buildings need to connect. We want to show that architecture is more about the experience than the buildings themselves,” Hauser added, “and how architecture can be responsive to social issues. It is not separate from how we live our lives and how it shapes our communities.
Tammy Hauser Leading CFAS to Next Level
By JACOB OGLES
Just in time for ArchTober, the Center For Architecture Sarasota has a new executive director in Tammy Hauser. The founder of Blue Sky Thinking, Hauser brings a long history of consulting for arts organizations, and this marks her first time administering an architecture institution. She’s taking the reins of the Sarasota organization from founding executive Cindy Peterson and anxious to apply her background in arts administration. We spoke with Hauser about her history and CFAS’ future.
Big honors for Peterson (Cindy) and Abbott
By Harold Bubil
Real estate editor
This is the time of year when the Sarasota area starts raking in its usual haul of architecture awards.Cindy Peterson and Carl Abbott got things rolling recently.
…Peterson, as if her 2016 honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects-Florida/Caribbean chapter were not enough, will go to Orlando next week to collect the same honor, except this time from the national AIA.
National Recognition for Center for Architecture Sarasota’s New Home
The Scott Building at 265 S. Orange Ave.— originally designed in 1960 by Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners William Rupp and Joe Farrell and restored two years ago by Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and contractor Michael Walker through the efforts of the Center for Architecture Sarasota—has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s one of just two local midcentury-era buildings to be placed on the prestigious National Register; the other is Sarasota High School, built in 1958-’60 and designed by Paul Rudolph.
Center for Architecture Sarasota celebrates the designation of the 1960 Scott Building to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Scott Building, renamed The McCulloch Pavilion after generous CFAS donor, Nathalie McCulloch, is a significant surviving example of commercial architecture that was completed during the period that has since become known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, or Sarasota Modern School. The structure was designed in 1960 by award-winning and nationally-recognized architects, William Rupp and Joseph Farrell. The repurpose and preservation was achieved in 2014 through a partnership that was formed between CFAS, Sarasota County, and the UF Graduate School of Architecture to bring to reality the Scott Building as a center for community engagement on the importance of the built environment.
The renovation was completed by the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture, and builder, Michael K. Walker and Associates. The McCulloch Pavilion received the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Historic Preservation in 2015.
Celebrating design and architecture in Sarasota
All month long, the Center for Architecture Sarasota is celebrating design and architecture on the Suncoast. They’re offering special events for the community.
The Center will host world-renowned architect Marlon Blackwell on October 27th. Blackwell will speak on how architecture can happen anywhere.
The Center is also doing a series of historic walking tours around downtown Sarasota on October 29th, focusing on downtown architecture.
And of course the center is revealing new exhibits. The current exhibit by students of University of Florida envisions Sarasota’s new cultural Bayfront.
Center for Architecture Sarasota’s Cynthia Peterson says the center focuses on the architectural heritage, the design world and what the future will bring.