Newsletter: October 2016 – Issue 10

September 29th, 2016


October ? Architecture + Design Month Programming

This year’s programming is dedicated to ?public architecture.?

September 30 5:30 ? 7:30pm
Celebrate October Opening and CityLab CFAS Scholarship Presentations

October 1 – 31
Building A Day ? Delivered to your inbox each morning

October 7 ? December 23
Bayfront Sketches Exhibit Opens in the Chapell Gallery

October 8 ? 10 am & 2 pm
Exclusive Members Tour of the Eide Center

October 27 5:30 ? 7:30 pm
Reception and Lecture with Distinguished architect Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, on Public Architecture

October 29 9am ? 11am
Historical Walking Tour ?The Citrus Tour? with John McCarthy


Event Details

Our October Kick-Off
Each year, our October celebration begins with a Reception, presentation of the CFAS scholarships, and the unveiling of the first “Building A Day”. Our special guest this year is the new Dean of the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, Chimay Anumba, who took over from Dean Chris Silver after he retired this year. Previously, Anumba was in the U.K. as research director at Loughborough University. He has also headed the architectural engineering department at Penn State.

CityLab Grad Students Present Bayfront Sketches Visioning Project Exhibit Opening October 7
Earlier this year, under the leadership of Associate Professor and UF CityLab Sarasota Director Martin Gold, the students embarked on a major project on the Sarasota Bayfront Visioning Initiative. The students spent time with relevant City administrators and community organizations to gain vital information about the property and its future needs, and then were charged to create their own design ?visions? of the property. See: The exhibit will extend until November, when Gold will present programming around this critical community issue.

Special Members Event: Tour the new Eide Center
The opportunity to visit the Eide Center on Little Sarasota Bay is a very special one, because the property is not open to the public. Elling O. Eide, a Harvard grad who became Sinologist scholar and spent his life collecting books and artifacts. He lived most of his life on this Sarasota property, which had been in his family for decades. Eide passed away in 2012, but he lived long enough to plan the new Center with architect Guy Peterson and archivist Cynthia Peterson. They will both be on hand to tell stories about this remarkable man. Please reserve your place soon. If you are not yet a member, please join today at

Lecture by Marlon Blackwell, FAIA
Distinguished architect Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, will visit Sarasota on October 27 to discuss his belief that ?architecture can happen anywhere, at any scale, at any budget, for anyone ? it drives us to challenge the conventions and models that often obscure other possibilities.? Blackwell is a practicing Arkansas architect and is also Distinguished Professor at the University of Arkansas. He has received prestigious awards, including being the 2014 United States Artist Ford Fellow, recipient of the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Prize and has been a visiting scholar at numerous universities.

Walking Tour with John McCarthy
With a 30-year career in Sarasota County government and now SCOPE’s Executive Director, John is deeply knowledgeable about our city’s history. He’s back this season with five lively and entertaining walking tours planned over the course of several months. The first is October 29, 9 to 11am, entitled ?The Citrus Tour? around the downtown streets that were named for citrus trees in the early days of Sarasota’s development.

McCulloch Pavilion/Center for Architecture Now on National Register of Historic Places

This month, our building was officially placed on the NRHP, the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history. There are 94 Sarasota County properties on the list ? thus demonstrating national recognition and respect for Sarasota’s architecture and design heritage. ?This recognition is a significant achievement for the CFAS organization and both highlights and emphasizes our efforts to preserve and repurpose this building for a higher and better use,? said CFAS Board Chair Cynthia Peterson.

Two Petersons and Gold Honored by AIA Florida

At this summer’s annual AIA Florida Conference, both Guy and Cynthia Peterson came home with high awards and Martin Gold, UF CityLab Sarasota Director and Associate Professor, received an honor as well. Guy was presented the Gold Medal, the highest award given to any architect in Florida, which recognizes an architect who has distinguished himself or herself in a manner resulting in a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time. He is the first practicing architect in the Sarasota region to receive this award. CFAS Founder and Board Chair Cynthia Peterson was surprised with an Honorary AIA title at the event, conferred upon a non-architect based upon their contributions to the profession and to the built environment in Florida. And our colleague, Martin Gold, was honored with the McMinn Award, which is given to celebrate an individual who has made outstanding contributions to architecture/education.

Cynthia’s award singles out non-architect individuals who have significantly contributed to the advancement of architecture. Fewer than a dozen honorary memberships have been awarded in AIA Florida’s history, dating back to 1912. Former recipients include governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who is known as a champion of good architecture. ?I am so pleased to receive it in light of the Center for Architecture’s work and for preserving the architectural heritage of Florida with my longtime archival work, promoting the profession,? Peterson said.

Builder Michael Walker Given Third Award for CFAS Renovation

Board member Michael K. Walker has been honored with the 2016 Pro Remodeler Design Awards Gold Medal for Commercial Remodel for his leadership on our building. This is the third award he has received for the Center. (see Summer Newsletter for the two others). Again, Michael, we congratulate and thank you.

Fall and Winter Programming

  • Bayfront Sketches programming through November
  • ?Public Architecture? exhibit from the regional architecture and design community
  • The Venice Biennale exhibit by UF CityLab Students
  • More Tours with John McCarthy
  • Walking Tours and special tours of public buildings
  • Center Society Events
  • Children’s Program

Event Registration

October – Architecture and Design Month Opening Night
Friday, September 30th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Register – Free Admission

Bayfront Sketches Exhibit Opens
Friday, October 7th – Friday, December 23
Exhibit Info – Open During Gallery Hours – Free Admission

Elling Eide Center Tours
Saturday, October 8th, 10:00 AM + 2:00 PM
Register – $35 AdmissionMembers Only – Join at

Lecture by Marlon Blackwell, FAIA on Public Architecture
Thursday, October 27th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Register – $15 Admission

Historical Walking Tour: The Citrus Streets with John McCarthy
Saturday, October 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Register – $20/Member $25/Non-Member Admission