Exhibit: Carl Abbott FAIA, Architecture: A Life Within. Photo Credit: Ryan Gamma.

About Center for Architecture

We envision a world in which everyone understands the value of good design. Our mission is to heighten understanding of and appreciation for innovative architecture, good design, and sensitive urban planning.

The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2013 in partnership with the University of Florida School of Architecture and the County of Sarasota.

The Center’s home in the Scott Building, as it was originally known, was designed in 1960 by award-winning and nationally-recognized architects William Rupp and Joseph Farrell both protégés of the renowned architect Paul Rudolph. Their legacies as important masters in the Sarasota School of Architecture remain preserved in this building.

The Center’s large open gallery space is used for exhibits, programs, and events. We also have a multi-media lecture hall, and meeting space for the Center for Architecture and the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

Leaders of UF’s Graduate School of Architecture chose Sarasota as the location for a special Master’s degree program, CityLab Sarasota, where students live and earn their degrees within the environment of a working city laboratory. The school’s in-residence graduate students work, study and learn in this building.

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For further information please contact Tammy Hauser at