Newsletter: October 2015 – Issue 4

October 1st, 2015


October – Architecture and Design Month

Our third annual October celebration offers our members some rare opportunities. There’s still time to enjoy these unique programs.

October 1 – October 31
Our Building A Day Daily e-Blast on our architectural heritage in Florida returns this year to provide you daily photo and history of a significant building in Florida. It will be seen on our website, but you, our members, will see it in your Inbox every day in October. Last year we received a tremendous response from our members who say they looked forward to it every day. For more information on our Building A Day entries so far, please visit

October 10 9 AM – 11AM
Architecture in the Neighborhood: Walking Tour in the CFAS neighborhood. We will discover some hidden gems right in our neighborhood with the delightful and erudite John McCarthy as our tour guide. Charge is $20/members $25 non-members and refreshments will be served after tour.

This event has been sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please email

October 16 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Toshiko Mori Keynote Gallery Talk and Exhibit Opening: “Dialogue in Details.” Founder and principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, New York, Ms. Mori was given the great honor to create an exhibit for the 2012 La Biennale di Venezia. This will be the first time she has exhibited this extraordinary exhibit in the U.S. Reception will follow. $25/members $30/non-members. Seating is limited and registration is required.
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October 17 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ms. Mori will lead a tour of the Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key. In 2000, she was invited to design an addition to the original Paul Rudolph House and the tour will provide a rare opportunity to hear her impressions and inspiration. $25 members only. New members eligible. Ticket includes transportation to the house from offsite parking. Space is limited and registration is required.
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October 28 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Our monthly Atelier Talk will be hosted by talented Sarasota designer Jake Brady at his studio, Concrete by Design at 614 Florida Ave. Refreshments will follow. $10 for all. Please Register at

Toshiko Mori Exhibit ?Dialogue In Details’ Captures the Imagination


Have you been to the Center to see our new exhibit? If not, please join us for this brilliant, thought-provoking exhibit “Dialogue in Details,” originally created in 2012 by invitation for La Biennale di Venezia, a major international arts festival in Venice, Italy. This is the first US showing of this exhibit and will be at CFAS until December 15. Ms. Mori will be in Sarasota to lecture on Friday, October 16 at 5 pm at the Center. You are cordially invited. Space is limited. Registration required. Register at

As Ms. Mori says about the Exhibit, ?This is a series of ?dialogues’ with four American masters transpired from projects that required me to work next to, in addition to, or in reference to their creations. And so these four pairs of ?totems,? or wall sections, express common technical concerns while they mark the historical transition of architecture from the past, through the present, into the future.? The four American masters are Paul Rudolph, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.

She continues, ?Details in architecture are where many issues and elements of architecture meet. Without developing details we can’t construct. This is where imagination intersects with reality, construction meets with technology, and the thinking and the philosophies of architects meet. It’s the kind of thinking we have done throughout all the ages of history.? (View her interview about the exhibit on YouTube)

Toshiko Mori has a distinguished background in both the practice of architecture and academia. Currently, she is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her firm, Toshiko Mori Architect, has worked on urban, civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design projects around the world — and she is no stranger to Sarasota. She designed two residences here, including the Burkhardt/Cohen house on Casey Key. Two ?details? from that project are a part of this exhibit. Center for Architecture is hosting a tour of this home on Saturday, October 17 at 11 am.
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Don’t miss this fascinating opportunity. The CFAS Gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Noon to 5pm, Wednesday Noon to 8 pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.


Center Society


We introduced The Center Society in last month’s Newsletter.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to this group of forward-looking, community-minded individuals.  They have already provided significant support to the Center for the building’s renovation and they continue to support the ongoing programs the Center brings to you, its members, and to the entire region.

May we again invite you to consider joining this elite group with your contribution of $5,000 or more?  You will be permanently recognized in the building and enjoy ongoing special privileges including private receptions with our visiting lecturers, scholars, students and exhibitors, and private tours and events designed exclusively for our Society members.

If you chose to become a member now, you will join existing members at an exclusive Center Society Day with Toshiko Mori on Saturday, October 17th.  Beginning at 10 am, you will enjoy a private tour with Ms. Mori through the Burkhart/Cohen property on Casey Key.  That afternoon at 5 pm Ms. Mori will host a private showing of the ?Dialogue in Details? exhibit at the Center followed by cocktails and dinner.  This promises to be a memorable day.  For information and to join, please call Sandra Timpson Motto at707.477.0747 or drop a line to

CFAS Goes Big on Social Media

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re now very active on social media. It’s particularly great right now to be able to share our very popular Building a Day. On our YouTube channel, you can view videos of the CityLab student welcome event, the Guy Peterson Naked Exhibit and the Guy Peterson House Tour. The Toshiko Mori Lecture on October 16th will be next. We couldn’t do this without two special members: Erin Adams and Andrew Weis.

Erin manages current news and messages and also finds and shares interesting related issues on our sites. She’s been a loyal member since the beginning and when she isn’t online she teaches at Pure Barre Sarasota, models (you’ve seen her in publications), and frequently enjoys visits to her favorite coffee bar, Perq, with her beautiful daughter Ila Blumetti (age 10 months) and of course her fiancé architect Damien Blumetti (who just happens to have been instrumental in the renovation of the Center).

Andrew Weis found us through an article in Creative Loafing and jumped into action creating a CFAS videography program that feeds social media but also provides important archival records for CFAS. He works in the financial industry by day, but by night and weekends he’s a talented video producer. Andrew was a TV and Film major at the University of Texas and produced work for both UT and local Austin advertising and PR firms. Also while at UT he discovered his love of architecture, studying the prominent 20th century architects and visiting notable works such as Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale and Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum of Art with its 1972 Louis Kahn Building and the 2013 Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Our thanks go out to Erin and Andrew for the generous gift of their time and talents.

Member Spotlight:
Jim Keaton, Member of the Board

Jim Keaton came to Sarasota ostensibly to retire. Pure illusion. He has been designing ever since he could hold a pencil, so how could he possibly stop? He didn’t.

Born and raised in the western United States, his love of design developed early. He wanted to be an artist, a designer, the creator of a visually thrilling experience. His career began in Washington DC working for magazines and, after a few years of agency work, he formed his own group, Gardner Keaton. He flourished and his talent earned him accolades and awards, from the Graphis international awards (graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration) to the Addys (top creative award of excellence in the art of advertising).

Jim never met a project he could not design. And he is always exacting. Typesetters cringe when his jobs come in. Printers hate to see him coming due to his push for excellence in getting the job right. His creativity comes, in part, from an ardent desire to learn and push the boundaries of design.

Keaton was a CFAS Board member from the very beginning, and the organization has been the fortunate recipient of both his exceptional design talent and his kind and steady leadership ability. His involvement has been a great source of pride, although he is not one to step easily into the limelight. He’s dealt brilliantly with every challenge that has been asked of him ? even the tough ones. But no one loves a challenge more than Keaton.

Jim, we thank you.

AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Holds Annual Meeting with Noted Miami Architect Allan Shulman, FAIA

October 15, 2015 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
Keynote speaker Allan Shulman founded Miami-based Shulman + Associates in 1996. He is also an author, editor, lecturer, curator, associate professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and serves as Board Vice President of Miami Center for Architecture and Design. His firm is helping redefine Miami’s local vernacular. Many of his projects balance contemporary style with the need to celebrate the history of South Florida’s historic homes and buildings. He is a dynamic, passionate, and dedicated force and has been able to merge his love for architecture with his desire to support local organizations and visual artists.

All are welcome to attend, both AIA and non-AIA members.
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AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Site Tour Series Presents Gulf Gate Library Tour

October 22, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The new 25,800-square-foot Gulf Gate Library, which opened in January of this year, includes a host of enhancements, including an automated book return. The $7.7 million structure was designed by Harvard Jolly architects to reflect the modern Craftsman style architecture in Sarasota. A reception will follow immediately after the tour. Please register at Free of charge to all.

Event Registration

Toshiko Mori “Dialogue in Details” Exhibit
Exhibit Open to the Public Now Through December 15Architecture in the Neighborhood:
Walking Tour of the CFAS Neighborhood
Saturday, October 10 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
EVENT SOLD OUT – email for wait list

Toshiko Mori Lecture
Friday, October 16 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration Required

Burkhardt/Cohen House Tour
Saturday, October 17 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Required

Atelier Talk – Jake Brady Concrete By Design
Wednesday, October 28 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Atelier Talk – Harold Bubil
Real Estate Editor at the Herald Tribune
Wednesday, November 18 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Save The Date

UF CityLab Sarasota Student Work Exhibit and Presentation
Exhibit Open to the Public Tuesday, December 15
Save The Date