The Center for Architecture Sarasota began as a dream four years ago for a place where students, design professionals, community leaders and the public could come to admire, discuss, and debate our built environment.

Today, it has grown into a year-round Member-supported design studio, classroom, exhibit space, lecture hall, meeting place, and destination for people who believe that good design matters.

Our mission is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for innovative architecture, good design and sensitive urban planning.

We are housed in the restored Scott Building on S. Orange Avenue in downtown Sarasota. In 2013, CFAS restored the beautiful and minimal modernist aesthetic of the building so eloquently expressed by Rupp and Farrell in 1960, turning these spaces into a museum-quality gallery and lecture hall with state-of-the-art presentation technologies. The renovation was recently awarded the AIA Florida Honor Award for Historic Preservation-the highest award in its category.