Center for Architecture Sarasota


Sarasota enjoys a rich architectural history dating back to the early 20th century and continuing with today’s talented architects and designers. Center for Architecture Sarasota was created in 2013 to maintain this legacy, to provide a forum for today’s designers and to educate and to connect Sarasota with the rest of the design world.

Center for Architecture Sarasota is a not-for-profit member-supported organization. The Center provides a meeting place and destination for people who believe good design matters. Through exhibits, lectures, tours and special events, the Center offers a place where design professionals, community leaders, students, and the public can admire, discuss and debate our built environment.

Center for Architecture Sarasota is dedicated to heightening awareness of and appreciation for innovative architecture, good design, and resilient urban planning.

Photo Credit: Ryan Gamma


Direct line: 941-350-5430
Email: [email protected]

Hilary Gardner Keaton has been Gallery Manager since the Center for Architecture Sarasota opened in 2015. In addition to supervising the gallery during regular gallery hours, her many responsibilities include:

Assisting the Programs Committee Chair with the coordination of programs and exhibits planned for the gallery as well as exhibit installation and de-installation.

Assisting with all logistics of the Center events including catering, audio/visual needs, printing of gallery information cards, and promotion.

As former administrative services manager, Hilary supervised Gardner Keaton, Inc.’s employees and business matters on a daily basis, including personnel, accounting and purchasing, plus managing the publication a 300-page annual membership directory and print collateral materials.

As communications coordinator/assistant to the director of the Social Research Group at George Washington University, she planned and supervised support activities for three interagency panels comprised of representatives from over 35 government agencies

Education: BA with distinction, George Washington University; Certificate, German Language Studies, American Austrian Society in Vienna, Austria.

Board of Directors

Ryan Perrone

Ryan Perrone


A native of Sarasota, Ryan Perrone is a General Contractor with an eye for details. Creating amazing spaces for people to enjoy whether big or small is what drives his passion. With a bachelors degree in construction management and more than 25 years working in luxury home construction, Ryan has carved out a niche of creating some of the most detailed homes in Sarasota. His company, Nautilus Homes, has been honored with various local, regional, and national awards. Ryan is also honored with both The Business Observer’s, and Professional Builders Magazine’s 40 under 40 award for 2020.

Working to give back to the community is a great outlet for his passion. Working as an ACE mentor since 2017, providing scholarships and internships, and volunteering on the Sarasota County General Contractors Licensing Board since 2018 has encouraged even more involvement. Ryan has joined the CFA to increase local awareness to the benefits of quality design, craftsmanship, and creativity in order to further Sarasota’s continued architectural legacy.

Ryan and his wife Brittany are proud parents to a joyful little boy named Luca Cosimo Perrone and are the luckiest parents in the world.

Jeff Acker

Jeff Acker

Vice Chair

Jeff is a real estate developer focused primarily on residential development and construction. He has been responsible for a wide range of residential projects in Southern California, Phoenix, Reno and Sarasota County.

Prior to becoming a real estate developer, Jeff was a licensed landscape architect working for a variety of architectural firms in Phoenix and Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois.

Jessica Gruener


Jessica is a Tax Supervisor at Kerkering, Barberio & Co., and has been an active member of the Young Moderns. She specializes in nonresident taxation, working with nonresident clients on matters related to real estate sale, rentals, as well as estate tax planning. Her love for architecture and attention to detail is an asset to the board.

David K. Lowe

David K. Lowe

A native of Holmes Beach, Florida, David is inspired by the local “Sarasota School of Architecture” structures he grew up with. His early passion for Architecture and Interior Design lead him to attend The School of Interior Design at Florida State University, graduating in 1982. A licensed Professional Interior Designer in the State of Florida, David is president of DKL Design, Inc., a full service interior design firm. The firm specializes in creating purely modern interior environments for discerning clientele.

Before starting his own interiors practice in 2011, David worked in architectural offices in the Sarasota area for over 29 years, including 12 years with Fawley Bryant Architecture, and 11 years with Guy Peterson | OFA, completing numerous iconic residential and commercial projects.

David’s prior community service experience includes serving on The Art Center Manatee Board of Directors, Chairman of Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee, member of AIA Gulf Coast Chapter, member of Sarasota Design Conference Planning Committee, and Vestry member and Junior Warden at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach.

When not busy with his design practice, or duties at Center for Architecture Sarasota, David enjoys playing guitar and singing in the blues trio, The Gin & Juice Band.

Katherine DeSousa

As an independent product designer, Katherine worked in many areas of home furnishings: however, the primary focus of her work was tableware, giftware and housewares. A noted crystal designer, she has worked with top international crystal companies. Her designs have been produced by Steuben Glass, Baccarat Crystal, Cristalleries du Val St. Lambert, Dansk, Lenox, Reed & Barton and others.

Educated in studio ceramics, Katherine started her career working for Professor Walter Gropius at The Architects Collaborative designing porcelain dinnerware for Rosenthal China. The Gropius TAC 02 teapot she designed has been in production for over 50 years.

Education: Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA

Barbara J. Lorry, PhD (Bobbi)

Bobbi is a practicing psychologist who spends her non-working hours supporting the arts as a docent at CFAS and previously at Ca d’Zan and Season of Sculpture. She grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by her parents’ art collection and a family of artists and architects.

Her interest in architecture intensified here in Sarasota when she chaired an AJC dinner honoring Carl Abbott, Guy Peterson and Tim Siebert – we were privileged to have Charles Gwathmey as our guest speaker. When CFAS opened Bobbi became a docent and gathered other like-minded people to volunteer their time as docents as well.

Cynthia Peterson

Founder, Board Chair Emeritus

Cynthia Peterson, MLIS, CA holds a Master in Library and Information Science with concentration in Archival Science and Preservation from Simmons College, Boston, MA. She is a Certified Archivist (CA) and a specialist in the preservation and description of architectural archives. She has worked with important historical architectural collections including those at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Florida. She was the former curator of the University of Florida Architecture Archives and helped to establish the acquisition and collection of the historical archives in Florida. She was previously the Director of Operations of the Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation, Sarasota, FL. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO) Florida.

She was awarded the Florida American Institute of Architects Bob Graham Architecture Awareness Award for her continuing efforts to identify and preserve the important documents and history of Florida’s built environment. In addition, Peterson was recently awarded an honorary membership in AIA Florida in recognition of her years of efforts in the preservation and education of Florida’s architectural heritage.

And in 2017 was honored with the distinction of Honorary Membership in the National AIA for her notable contributions and service to the Institute. “A specialist in the preservation of architectural archives, Cynthia Peterson’s theoretical approach and visionary actions have propelled the public awareness of architecture in Sarasota, Fla., and beyond to new heights.”

For more information: https://www.aia.org/showcases/65441-cynthia-l-peterson-hon-aia

Program Partners

AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

The mission of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects is to lead the way in promoting the sustainable growth and enhanced quality of life for our community and the architectural profession through advocacy, engaged membership and collaborative efforts.

PO Box 160
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Ph: (941) 315-8242

Sarasota Alliance For Historic Preservation, Inc.

The Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit, publicly supported 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to “preserve and enhance our historic places.”

PO Box 1754
Sarasota, FL 34230
Ph: (941) 953-8727


The following individuals and organizations have generously contributed to the Center for Architecture Sarasota for its renovation.

Funds over $500,000 were received in the first year alone, including donations from Nathalie Warren McCulloch and the Heather Chapell Family and a grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.

BENEFACTOR $100,000+

Nathalie Warren McCulloch

PREMIER $50,000 – $99,999

Heather Chapell Family
William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

PARTNER $25,000 – $49,999

Guy Peterson | OFA
Renea M. Glendinning

CHAMPION $10,000 – $24,999

Gary and Mel Schmidt
Guy and Cynthia Peterson
Jonathan and Cynthia McCague
Ashridge Holding Ltd.
LeBaron Foundation

SUSTAINER $5,000 – $9,999

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, Inc.
AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Michael K. Walker & Associates, Inc.

ADVOCATE $2,500 – $4,999

Comerica Wealth Management
Les and Lois Fishman
Clifford M. Scholz Architects, Inc.

ASSOCIATE $1,000 – $2,499

Gary and Beth Spencer
Frederick and Teresa Derr
Sweet Sparkman Architects
Sandra Timpson Motto and Vic Motto

SUPPORTER $500 – $999

Senator Robert Johnson
William and Jennifer Esposito
John Martine
Dick and Lorraine Vitale
Richard Dorfman
Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc.
Dr. Sarah and George Pappas
Paula Prewitt
James and Hilary Keaton
Cornelia Matson
Douglas Kresge

Event Sponsors

The high quality and variety of the programs and events presented by Center for Architecture Sarasota has been made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.

Photo Credit: Ryan Gamma