Your Observer: March 15

March 20th, 2018

Architecture tours highlight Sarasota gems

From the Mediterranean styles of the 1920s to the Sarasota School of Architecture’s midcentury modern structures, the city’s built environment is rich with history.

But on March 8, as he led a trolley tour highlighting gems of Sarasota architecture, Harold Bubil was first focused on the present.

After setting out from the Center for Architecture, Sarasota’s downtown home, the trolley drove through the Ringling College of Art and Design’s north Sarasota campus. This gave Bubil, the former Sarasota Herald-Tribune real estate editor, an opportunity to showcase two recent additions to the city’s architectural landscape.

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Visit Sarasota: February 1

March 12th, 2018

The Beauty of Buildings: Architecture Tours in Sarasota

If you become enamored of Sarasota during your first visit here, you’re not alone. “People tend to come to Sarasota and just fall in love with the whole picture, like a first date that went really well,” says Harold Bubil, who was the real estate editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for two decades. “But to get beyond that first date, you really need to get to know a person a little better. And I think understanding our architecture helps people know Sarasota better.”

Bubil helps foster an appreciation for Sarasota’s built environment during the new Thursday trolley tours he leads for Center for Architecture Sarasota. Upcoming outings take place March 8 and 22, April 5 and 26, and May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, costing $45 per person ($35 for CFAS members).

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US Modernist Radio Podcast: January 29

February 2nd, 2018

#46: Sarasota/Tammy Hauser + The Center for Architecture

Tammy Hauser is Executive Director for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, a nexus for midcentury Modernist houses. She’s the CEO of Blue Sky Thinking, a consulting firm based in Sarasota for nonprofit organizations. This spring, the Center for Architecture Sarasota hosts an exhibition on Larry Scarpa, a Modernist architect based in Los Angeles, who uses conventional materials in unexpected ways and is considered a leader in sustainable design. She’s also a commercial theater producer and creator of The Ultimate Pajama Party™, a theatrical experience for women.

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Herald Tribune: January 29

January 30th, 2018

Giving Newtown a voice — and listening to it

When architect, artist and city planner Germane Barnes moved to Opa-Locka in 2013, he knew he was facing an enormous challenge. The low-income and predominantly African-American Miami suburb had a reputation for two things: the unusual Moorish architecture favored by its founder, and a rate of violent crime — once ranked the worst in the country — so out of control city leaders had blocked entrances to the neighborhood with metal barriers to stem drug traffic.

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Herald Tribune: January 25, 2018

January 25th, 2018

HAROLD BUBIL: Uncommon uses for common items

Crushed aluminum cans, ping-pong balls, brooms and Dixie Cups don’t sound like building materials — unless you are familiar with the work of the prominent Los Angeles architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa.

Led by Larry Scarpa and Angela Brooks, the firm has established an international reputation by blending progressive architecture with fine art.

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SRQ Magazine: November 2017

December 7th, 2017

New CFAS Exec

CFAS’ Tammy Hauser provides business foundation at cultural institution.

Tammy Hauser has a spent a lifetime working in the arts, founding Blue Sky Thinking to consult and provide administration for cultural institutions locally and around the country. Now, she heads up the Center for Architecture Sarasota, celebrating the beautiful physical environment in a community that helped drive the modern movement. We spoke with the new CFAS executive director about her own foundation.

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Herald Tribune: October 1, 2017

October 3rd, 2017


By Harold Bubil
Real estate editor

Under new leadership, the Center for Architecture Sarasota will focus on “socially responsive” architecture for both its fourth annual Architecture and Design Month in October and the remainder of the exhibition season.

“Architecture and design is part of everything we do” as community residents, said Tammy Hauser, the nonprofit organization’s new executive director following the retirement of founder Cindy Peterson, Hon. AIA. “You can’t separate that.

“Buildings need to connect. We want to show that architecture is more about the experience than the buildings themselves,” Hauser added, “and how architecture can be responsive to social issues. It is not separate from how we live our lives and how it shapes our communities.

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SRQ: October 2, 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Tammy Hauser Leading CFAS to Next Level


Just in time for ArchTober, the Center For Architecture Sarasota has a new executive director in Tammy Hauser. The founder of Blue Sky Thinking, Hauser brings a long history of consulting for arts organizations, and this marks her first time administering an architecture institution. She’s taking the reins of the Sarasota organization from founding executive Cindy Peterson and anxious to apply her background in arts administration. We spoke with Hauser about her history and CFAS’ future.

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Herald Tribune: April 23, 2017

April 23rd, 2017

Big honors for Peterson (Cindy) and Abbott

By Harold Bubil
Real estate editor

This is the time of year when the Sarasota area starts raking in its usual haul of architecture awards.Cindy Peterson and Carl Abbott got things rolling recently.

…Peterson, as if her 2016 honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects-Florida/Caribbean chapter were not enough, will go to Orlando next week to collect the same honor, except this time from the national AIA.

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Sarasota Magazine: February 10, 2017

February 15th, 2017

National Recognition for Center for Architecture Sarasota’s New Home

 The Scott Building at 265 S. Orange Ave.— originally designed in 1960 by Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners William Rupp and Joe Farrell and restored two years ago by Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and contractor Michael Walker through the efforts of the Center for Architecture Sarasota—has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

It’s one of just two local midcentury-era buildings to be placed on the prestigious National Register; the other is Sarasota High School, built in 1958-’60 and designed by Paul Rudolph.

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