David K. Lowe – Chair

A native of Holmes Beach, 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 located in downtown Sarasota. 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, David enjoys playing guitar and singing in the blues trio, The Gin & Juice Band.

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James W. Keaton, Secretary

Jim Keaton began his career as a foreign service officer designing international magazines for the United States Information Agency – Washington, DC. He started a Design firm building brand identities, advertising and affinity marketing campaigns for the fortune 500 community. Keaton’s design experience led to the creation of digital art which are licensed globally for ad campaigns, large format art for hotels, office building lobbies and residential applications.

Renea M. Glendinning, Treasurer

Renea Glendinning, CPA, is a shareholder with Kerkering, Barberio & Co. and has led their International Tax Department since 1996. Renea received her CPA designation in 1984. She also received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accountancy degrees from the College of Business Administration of the University of South Florida. She has authored articles regarding various international tax issues and frequently gives presentations on U.S. income and estate taxation of foreign nationals doing business in the U.S.

Anna Chase

Anna Chase is fueled by compassion, curiosity, and changing the status quo.

She started her career in Marketing at Tervis and since then has worked for Boar’s Head, the Observer Media Group, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and is currently the Director of Marketing and Digital for Colic Calm, the leading natural healthcare company for treating digestive conditions in babies and children. She’s passionate about giving back to her community, smart communications, design and exploring our built environment.  In her spare time, you can find her constantly in motion, she loves fitness, the beach, laughing, and spending time with her husband, golden retriever puppy and family. 

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

Mitchell Clarke

A Florida native, Mitchell’s initial exposure to architecture started with Florida regional modernists such as Paul Rudolph and William Morgan in his home town of Jacksonville Beach, FL. Receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida, he focused his education on the social fabrics of the built, urban environment. More specifically the focus of climate change and its effect on the local and regional communities of South and West Florida. Another focus during his graduate studies was the marketing and exhibition of architectural work, curating exhibitions in central China and South Florida.

After his graduation in 2016, he began working under distinguished architect, Max Strang, FAIA as both a designer and Brand + Media Manager, working on residential design and helping with the brand’s marketing strategies. In 2019, he was promoted to Communications Manager for [STRANG] Design, where he took a larger role in helping establish the firm’s identity through marketing, digital media, and printed publications.

Cynthia Peterson, Founder and Advisory Council Chair

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