Newsletter: January 2016 – Issue 6

January 25th, 2016


Dan Denton’s Toshiko Mori Gift to CFAS in memory of Robert Beardsworth


Center for Architecture Sarasota has received a significant gift from long-time Sarasota resident Dan Denton. The gift financed the reproduction of two sculptures, or ?Totems?, from architect Toshiko Mori’s ?Dialogue in Details? exhibit which was displayed in the Center’s Gallery this fall. Founder of Sarasota Magazine, Bradenton native, Yale graduate and architecture enthusiast, Denton said ?Good design has been part of the mission at Sarasota Magazine since its founding 36 years ago, and I saw this gift as a unique opportunity to remember a dear friend and to give back to a design community that has been very good to the magazine.?

We are deeply grateful to Dan. Owning these Totems means that they will always be here at the Center as a reminder of Ms. Mori’s talent and Dan’s generosity. The two Totems from the exhibit are sculptural examples of a detail of a Paul Rudolph house alongside a similar detail that Ms. Mori used in her own design for an addition to the same house, the Burkhardt/Cohen house on Casey Key. The house was featured on a CFAS tour in October led by Ms. Mori.

Mr. Denton’s gift will be dedicated to Robert Beardsworth (1947-1993), an inspired modernist who worked as a commercial and residential designer. He found beauty in purity, simplicity and appropriateness and directed renovations for Denton’s two homes on St. Armand’s/Lido along with at least a dozen others in the neighborhood, where he also lived. He championed historic preservation and civic beautification projects in Sarasota and was inspired by the city’s mid-century architectural legacy.

?I want to support the Center because it underscores the importance of good design now and for future generations,? Denton explained. ?I’m very happy that Bob’s legacy will live on through Ms. Mori’s beautiful Totems.?


First CityLab Grad Student Exhibit Wows Professors and the Community


On December 17, our CityLab Sarasota grad students unveiled their first semester designs in an exhibit to run until January 15 in the Gallery. The semester’s most challenging of three assignments was to design a conference center and major hotel complex in downtown Sarasota. Over 100 members and guests attended a reception on Wednesday evening January 6th to view the exhibit, talk with the students (Gabriella Ebbesson, Christopher Fadely, Dan Johnson, Shane LaMay, Elena Nonino, Olivia Ellsworth) about their work and meet two new grad students. Francia Salazar and Kelly Franklin are joining CityLab Sarasota for the winter/spring semester and each was presented a scholarship for the coming year, which brings the total of scholarships from CFAS members to CityLab students to $17,500. These scholarships are established in the names of Joseph A. Barbetta, Nathalie Warren McCulloch, Mel and Gary Schmidt, Michael K. Walker, Guy W. Peterson, Renea M. Glendinning and the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, and the total of funds raised for scholarships is over $50,000 in the last two years.

Guy Peterson, FAIA, CityLab Design Studio Instructor and the creator of the curriculum for the studio, commented that all the students did an outstanding job in designing the new conference center and bayfront hotel. They were given a very complex program and they all showed tremendous creativity in how they proposed to solve the site planning and architecture. The jury at UF Graduate School of Architecture in Gainesville were very impressed. Said Peterson, ?This project was a good “test” of the program for these buildings that have been discussed locally and would be good for Sarasota,? he added. Cynthia Peterson, CFAS Board Chair, said, ?This CFAS/CityLab partnership takes these bright young minds out of the campus theoretical environment and puts them into the real world where their fresh, unbiased ideas may very well help solve challenges in our own community.?

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Community Enjoys and Learns from Toshiko Mori Exhibit 


Over 500 members and guests viewed architect Toshiko Mori’s ?Dialogue in Details? exhibit at the Center, which closed on December 15. Her lecture, house tour and exhibit were highlights of our October celebration. We remain deeply grateful to Ms. Mori for allowing us to bring the exhibit to Sarasota (its first showing in the U.S.) and for visiting Sarasota to lecture and lead a tour the Burkhardt/Cohen house on Casey Key. We are equally grateful to others who made this possible: CFAS Center Society, PNC Wealth Management and the Arete Foundation/Betsy and Ed Cohen.

The Toshiko Mori Lecture at CFAS is now on YouTube, thanks to our in-house volunteer videographer Andrew Weis. 

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Upcoming Events 


January 16
Landscape Architect Dan Kiley Exhibit Opens

?Should not the role of design be to reconnect human beings with their space on their land?? – Dan Kiley

Opening in the CFAS Don Chapell Gallery on January 16 will be ?The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley.? Kiley (1912-2004) was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. (Examples: Jefferson Expansion Memorial (The Arch), St. Louis; TWA Terminal at JFK; National Gallery, Wash. D.C; Art Institute in Chicago; Ford Foundation, New York; US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs; Dallas Museum of Art, ?Esplanade in La Defense, Paris; JFK Library, Boston.) During his extensive career, he worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei, to create internationally-acknowledged design icons. This traveling photographic exhibition and retrospective features forty-five vibrant photographs, which chronicle the current state of 27 of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide. Sarasota will be the only Florida stop for this exhibit; after closing here it will go to the Art Institute of Chicago. In early February, a lecture by Charles Birnbaum, President and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will be presented in the Center’s Lecture Hall. The date will be announced soon. Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaum spent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design.

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January 20  5:30 ? 7:00 PM
Atelier Talk by Architecture and Preservation Experts Hall Architects

Mote Marine Tropical Research Lab. Tervis Innovation Center. Paul Rudolph’s Umbrella House restoration and rehabilitation of his Sanderling Beach Cabanas. Sarasota Courthouse Tower. These are just a few of Hall Architects’ projects in the Sarasota community over the last 30 years. The firm serves the community with residential, commercial and interior design along with preservation consultations across the Southeast and Caribbean. Their goal is to create meaningful environments that enrich their clients’ lives while enhancing the natural beauty of the community.

Please join us for our January Atelier Talk with Greg Hall, AIA,LEED AP, Glenn Darling, AIA NCARB and their team in their studio in the Rosemary District, 513 Central Avenue. Price: $10 for all, free for students.

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February 4  7:00 – 8:00 PM
Fringe Theater at Home Resource to benefit CFAS

Michael and Kathy Bush at Home Resource invite you into their ?fringe theater? to see the play, ?A Picasso,? featuring popular and talented Tampa actors Roxanne Fay and Ned Averill-Snell. All proceeds will go to Center for Archtecture Sarasota. The play runs 50 minutes and a discussion with the actors will follow the performance.

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April 15
Lecture by New York architect Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP of Studio Joseph

Wendy Evans Joseph is founder of Studio Joseph in New York City and has completed a diverse spectrum of projects. She has built her professional reputation as a talented designer of museums and other public spaces and her eponymous New York City firm has also ventured into the business, hotel and restaurant sector, most notably with a renovation of a landmark Frank Lloyd Wright office tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. After finishing Harvard Graduate School of Design, Architect Henry N. Cobb hired her at Pei Cobb Freed Partners, the New York City firm founded by Cobb and his more famous partner, I.M. Pei. Evans Joseph spent a dozen years with Pei Cobb Freed, seven of them as a senior associate. She was involved in one of the firm’s most important projects, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which opened to the public in 1993.

A few of her other notable works include designs at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Museum of the City of New York, NYC Department of Design and Construction, NYC Park Department and Yale University. Her in-depth knowledge of art and museum culture has led to a strong commitment to exhibition installation. She is a member of the Design Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, past president of The Architectural League of New York, and past chairman of the AIA National Committee on Design. She currently sits on the board of the American Ballet Theatre and Second Stage Theatre.

Member Spotlight: Michael K. Walker


One could easily say that Michael Walker was an indispensable partner in the renovation of the Center for Architecture. And he still is.

A lifelong resident of Sarasota, Michael recently celebrated his 40th year in the design, consulting and construction industry. He is managing principal of Michael K. Walker & Associates Inc., an award winning custom building and consulting firm specializing in architecturally significant construction projects, and has served on a number of City of Sarasota advisory boards since 1987. He is an associate member of AIA, numerous National Building Code Councils, is listed nationally in multiple rankings for custom building firms and has served as a certified expert witness on various construction defect matters for several major law firms. We don’t know how he found the time, but Michael not only served as General Contractor for the renovation of the Center, but he made significant in-kind donations toward the renovation of the Center and encouraged all of his subcontractors to do the same. Once the renovation was completed, Michael was elected to the CFAS Board of Directors. He chairs the Facilities Committee and is a member of the Center Society. He also serves on the Scholarship Committee and there is a UF CityLab scholarship established in his honor. And of course he continues to ensure that the Center remains in pristine condition. His invaluable leadership, expertise and friendship remain a big part of our organization and it wouldn’t be the same without him. Michael, you are still indispensable! Thank you. 

Reminders For Our Members 


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Tuesday 12 ? 5 pm
Wednesday 12 ? 8 pm
Join us for Wednesday Wine + Design evenings 5 – 8 pm.
Thursday 12 ? 5 pm
Friday 12 ? 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm
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HOW ARE WE DOING? We want your feedback. Please drop a line to board member Sandra Motto at Let us hear from you about programs, events, ideas, questions, constructive criticism ? anything that’s on your mind. This is your organization and we greatly value your opinions. 

Upcoming Events

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley Exhibit
Open to the Public January 16 – March 15

Atelier Talk with Hall Architects
Wednesday, January 20 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Registration Required

Fringe Theater at Home Resource to benefit CFAS
Thursday, February 4 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Registration Required

Lecture by New York architect Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, LEED AP of Studio Joseph
Friday, April 15 – Details to follow