Newsletter: July 2015 – Issue 1

July 31st, 2015


Note From Chair

Welcome to the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s first newsletter- our monthly publication of news and events to keep you informed about what is happening at the Center.

After the highly successful Grand Opening of the McCulloch Pavilion and the Center for Architecture, plans are being finalized for the Center’s fall and winter scheduling.

In July, CFAS will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation to welcome those interested in learning more about our organization and who would like to join our group as we begin our first season in the beautiful new building. Please see below for date and time.

The first class of the UF Graduate School of Architecture CityLab Sarasota students will be starting in August and we are hosting a Meet and Greet on August 26 to introduce them to Sarasota. CFAS is very pleased that every student will begin their studies at CityLab Sarasota with a scholarship thanks to the generous scholarship funds of Joseph A. Barbetta, Mel and Gary Schmidt, Michael K. Walker, Guy W. Peterson and the AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter who have made it possible to award $14,500 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.

CFAS is especially pleased to announce that in September we will be hosting the book launch and exhibit of Guy Peterson, FAIA. Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson book signing and lecture will be held on September 10 with the proceeds to be donated to the CFAS Scholarship Fund. The exhibit will be opening September 1.

Our plans for our 3rd annual October – Architecture and Design Month are almost complete and offer a wonderful variety of programs. Please check our website and event calendar often for announcements on all of our upcoming events and please sign up early – many of our events sell out quickly.

Finally, if you haven’t joined, I hope you will consider becoming a member of CFAS. Your membership is important to us and provides the necessary support for all of our programs and initiatives.

Great things are coming your way!



CFAS Receives National Attention For Grand Opening

The Center received wonderful reviews in many national publications including Architect Magazine, Metropolis, Architectural Record, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Tropic Magazine, and others.

For the list of publications and articles: Read More

CFAS Invited to Invitation-Only Pritzker Awards – The Architect’s “Nobel Prize”

Last month, the Center was honored to attend the highly-prestigious Pritzker Prize Ceremony in Miami Beach honoring Pritzker Prize Laureate Frei Otto. Board President Cynthia Peterson attended the ceremony and round table discussion with moderator and well-known architectural critic Paul Goldberger. The prize is often referred to as the profession’s highest honor. ?What a privilege it is to have been invited to this elite event,? Cynthia said, ?and I am so pleased to be representing Center for Architecture Sarasota.?

The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement, was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago in 1979. It is granted annually and recognizes professionals whose built work demonstrates those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment and has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment. The award is conferred on the laureate at a ceremony held at an architecturally significant site throughout the world. This is the first time Miami was honored as the host city.
For more information on the Pritzker Prize visit:

UF CityLab Sarasota

Meet our first class of UF CityLab Grad Students August 26

The first class of University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture Program CityLab Sarasota will begin their studies on August 24. Mark your calendars for the evening of August 26 when you are invited to attend a Welcome Reception and Scholarship Presentations as these talented students begin their two-year program. To date, scholarships have been created in the names of Joseph A. Barbetta, Guy W. Peterson, Mel and Gary Schmidt, Michael K. Walker, and the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. We thank them sincerely for their generosity.

More information on CityLab: Read More

Call For Volunteers

Volunteer Orientation July 18

Our fall/winter schedule is a busy one, and we are gathering a dedicated group of volunteers to assist us in the following areas: Docent Program, Event Planning and Execution, Programs, Development, Marketing and Communications, Community Outreach, K-12 Programs, and Digital Communications. Please write Sandra Timpson at for further information and to sign up for our Volunteer information/orientation event which is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 11 am. We look forward to meeting with you.

Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson

Exhibit opens September 1
Book signing and lecture September 10

?I believe his [Guy Peterson’s] houses will be placed alongside the best, not only of regional architecture, but of American architecture in general.?
CFAS is especially proud to host the book signing, lecture and exhibit of the work of Guy Peterson, FAIA. Please join us as we welcome AIA Fellow and 2013 AIA Florida Firm of the Year recipient for a relaxed evening of discussion and celebration to launch the release of his new monograph.

Proceeds to benefit the CFAS Scholarship Fund

CFAS Participates in Community Foundation Annual Giving Challenge September 1-2

This year our organization will participate in Sarasota’s Giving Partner Giving Challenge on September 1-2 (noon to noon). Your support is even more important because this year any contribution will be matched up to $250 through the generous support of the Patterson Foundation.

More info:

October – Architecture and Design Month Celebration: Special Guest Toshiko Mori Architect

Plans are being finalized for our 3rd annual festivities with a month of programs and special events including our special guest Toshiko Mori Architect.

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City.

Toshiko Mori will lecture at the Center and lead a special members-only tour of the Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key. The Burkhardt/Cohen House was originally designed by Paul Rudolph in 1957 with renovations and guest house addition by Ms. Mori in 1999. The home is in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, which identifies the world’s 1,000 most important buildings.

The Toshiko Mori lecture will be on October 16 and the Burkhardt/Cohen House Tour will be on October 17.  Registration opens in September for both events.

Upcoming Events

UF CityLab Welcome Reception –
Wednesday, August 26 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


Volunteer Orientation Session –
Saturday, July 18 – 11:00 AM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


AIA FLGC/CFAS Form Based Code Discussion, Q&A –
Thursday, July 23 – 5:30 PM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson
Book Signing, Gallery Talk –

Thursday, September 10 – 5:30 PM
Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236