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

Newsletter: July 2016 – Issue 9

September 28th, 2016


Summer Edition

Early this summer we closed our Modern Show exhibit and are spending a few weeks to reflect on the past year, assess our progress and performance, conduct Board strategic planning sessions and schedule the program calendar for the next year. The Center will reopen in late August and we look forward to seeing you then.

We are deeply grateful for your participation and support this past year and hope to exceed your expectations in the coming season. Please let us hear from you with your ideas and comments. Below is a recap of our Spring events, current news and a few hints at what we are planning for the fall.

The Modern Show’s a Winner

The Center’s May celebration raised over $50,000, which will be dedicated to the Center’s 2016-2017 programming. Over 500 people attended the events, including the keynote lecture on The Interiors of Paul Rudolph by designer Richard Geary, tours of exceptional mid-century homes, and an all-day, free-of-charge design show and sale. A special feature was the exhibit of original and rarely-seen furniture that Paul Rudolph designed for his New York apartment in the late 1970s.

Generous donors contributed some 200 items to be sold at the event including iconic pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Saarinen, Breuer, Nelson, Heywood Wakefield, Starck and Bertoia. Top donors were Colette and George Nozika, Dan Denton, and Richard and Gail Levin. Show sponsors were: Kerkering Barberio, Ashridge Holding Ltd., Gerdes Construction, Guy Peterson OFA, Home Resource, Visit Sarasota, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Story Project Partner, Observer and Cheryl Gaddie Interior Design. Additional lectures were presented by David Lowe, Maxine Corbett, Stephen Belton and Guy Peterson. Over sixty volunteers contributed their time and talents under the highly-skilled and tireless leadership of Event Chair Cheryl Gaddie.

The goal for the event was to create a broad-reaching fundraiser that exemplifies the CFAS mission ? to teach, encourage and celebrate good design. Our sincere thanks to all of you who attended and participated.

Coming This Fall 

October ? Architecture and Design Month

Planning for the Center’s annual October celebration is well underway. A cornerstone of the celebration is our very popular Building A Dayprogram edited by Board Chair Cynthia Peterson with critical production support from Lissette Callejas. Expect to see the first featured building in your in-box promptly on October 1.

We are pleased to announce that October programming will feature an exclusive tour of the late Sinologist Elling O. Eide Foundation’s historic and biodiverse 72-acre compound on Little Sarasota Bay. The newly-constructed Library, designed by Guy Peterson OFA, houses Eide’s personal library which contains over 60,000 volumes which include more than 300 rare books dating back to before 1000 AD and a unique collection of Asian artifacts. The Library will serve as an important resource for scholars and visitors from all over the world.

CFAS/CityLab Sarasota Events
The Center will again host a Welcome and Scholarship Awards Reception for the incoming CityLab architectural graduate students when they arrive in late summer. We’ll welcome our continuing students from last year’s program, meet this year’s new students and present a scholarship award to each. The date will be announced soon. If you are interested in contributing to our CityLab Scholarship fund, please contact Board member and Scholarship Chair Joe Barbetta at

In the fall we will present the CityLab Sarasota’s Bayfront Sketches Exhibit and Programming. This major project from last semester’s curriculum includes conceptual visions for designing the Sarasota Bayfront Performing Arts Park. CityLab Program Director and Associate Professor Martin Gold worked with the students to createmaster plan visions along with architectural design proposals for a new symphony hall. Although not part of the Bayfront 20:20 effort, the students utilized the wealth of information gathered by the group including land use constraints, FEMA requirements, and the goals and aspirations of the many stakeholders who make up the Bayfront 20:20collaborative.

The students met with various stakeholders, studied precedent projects, visited similar facilities in Florida, and extensively reviewed the minutes and summaries of the meetings to date. They studied the many disparate issues at play leading to three alternative master plan proposals that are rendered in drawings and tabletop scale models. This Exhibit will be on view at the Center, and speakers and panel discussions will be presented on the project.

“The Bayfront 20:20 group will steward perhaps the most important civic investment that will characterize Sarasota’s future since the efforts of John Ringling. UF CityLab-Sarasota is honored and privileged to arrive here during this important period of time and we are hopeful we can contribute to gathering the best and brightest ideas for the future of the Bayfront Performing Arts Park.”

CityLab Program Director Martin Gold

CFAS Leaders Guy Peterson and Michael Walker Honored with Major AIA Awards

This fall we will congratulate and honor two members who have recently earned prestigious awards related to their work on the restoration of our building, the McCulloch Pavilion. As you may know, Guy Peterson worked closely with original 1960 Scott Building architect Joe Farrell in the design for the restoration and renovation of the Center. Michael Walker lead the construction team that translated into the stunning building we now enjoy. Michael and his subcontractors also donated a great deal of in-kind time and product to help defray expenses. Both of these leaders have given a tremendous amount of time, expertise and funds to the Center, and we are gratified that they have been recognized for their efforts by the American Institute of Architects.

Michael K. Walker & Associates has won the 2016 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence – AIA biennale peer recognition award) for the finest remodeling project in the 12 southeastern states. The Chrysalis Awards have honored the finest remodeling projects in the nation that reflect the professional excellence of the residential and commercial remodeling industry. This award was specifically given for the commercial remodel of the former Scott building now the Center for Architecture. This award highlights a firm that ?is gaining recognition in the general design community through a body of built work and continuing commitment to design excellence.?

And that’s not all. Michael also garnered the 2016 AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Builder of the Year Award ? also for the Commercial Remodel of the Center.

Guy Peterson, FAIA has been honored with the 2016 AIA Florida Gold Medal Award, the highest award that AIA Florida can bestow on one of its members. It recognizes an individual architect in Florida who has made ?a profound impact on the profession over an extended period of time? and has demonstrated ?long-term, noteworthy accomplishments in the AIA, as well as community organizations or governmental bodies and whose career represents over and above what is normally expected.? Because this award recognizes his noteworthy endeavors in the community, we are proud that Guy’s leadership in the restoration design of the Center’s building (along with Joe Farrell, AIA, original 1960 co-architect of the building) contributed to this extraordinary recognition by his peers. Guy is only the second Sarasota-based architect to receive that honor. The first was Paul Rudolph.

Member Spotlight: Cheryl Gaddie

Siesta Key and Sarasota residents have known and respected Cheryl Gaddie for her years of design excellence with her CG Interior Design business and also for the time and talent she has shared with her community and her vibrant personality. While running her thriving business she also has chaired the Siesta Key Village Business Association and the Siesta Chamber of Commerce. This spring Cheryl volunteered to serve as Event Chair for the Center’s Modern Show, and it was tremendous success. Her business expertise and leadership skills are truly impressive, and her drive and sense of humor make working with her a joy. She motivated every donor and every volunteer to do their best– and they did.

The astonishing side of this achievement was that at the same time she was chairing the Show, Cheryl was completing the final work toward her Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Not only was she chairing this major fundraising event in Sarasota, she was finishing her thesis and flying to and from San Francisco for her final reviews. Her hard work was rewarded and she now has another academic feather in her cap. May was a banner month for Cheryl (but we doubt she got much sleep).

Cheryl, you have our congratulations and our deepest respect and gratitude.

Upcoming Events

Welcome and Scholarship Awards Reception
Date to be announced

CityLab Sarasota Exhibit and Programming
Date to be announced

October Kick Off – Exclusive Tour of Elling O. Eide Foundation
Date to be announced

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.?

For more information on this exhibit, please visit

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. 

For more information on this exhibit, please visit

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.

For more information on this exhibit and lecture, please

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.

Register at

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.

Register at

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 


Visit us on Facebook and YouTube

Visit our Website, which we update often

Gallery Hours:
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
Closed Sunday and Monday

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 

Newsletter: October 2015 – Issue 4

October 1st, 2015


October – Architecture and Design Month

Our third annual October celebration offers our members some rare opportunities. There’s still time to enjoy these unique programs.

October 1 – October 31
Our Building A Day Daily e-Blast on our architectural heritage in Florida returns this year to provide you daily photo and history of a significant building in Florida. It will be seen on our website, but you, our members, will see it in your Inbox every day in October. Last year we received a tremendous response from our members who say they looked forward to it every day. For more information on our Building A Day entries so far, please visit

October 10 9 AM – 11AM
Architecture in the Neighborhood: Walking Tour in the CFAS neighborhood. We will discover some hidden gems right in our neighborhood with the delightful and erudite John McCarthy as our tour guide. Charge is $20/members $25 non-members and refreshments will be served after tour.

This event has been sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please email

October 16 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Toshiko Mori Keynote Gallery Talk and Exhibit Opening: “Dialogue in Details.” Founder and principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, New York, Ms. Mori was given the great honor to create an exhibit for the 2012 La Biennale di Venezia. This will be the first time she has exhibited this extraordinary exhibit in the U.S. Reception will follow. $25/members $30/non-members. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Register at

October 17 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ms. Mori will lead a tour of the Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key. In 2000, she was invited to design an addition to the original Paul Rudolph House and the tour will provide a rare opportunity to hear her impressions and inspiration. $25 members only. New members eligible. Ticket includes transportation to the house from offsite parking. Space is limited and registration is required.
Register at

October 28 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Our monthly Atelier Talk will be hosted by talented Sarasota designer Jake Brady at his studio, Concrete by Design at 614 Florida Ave. Refreshments will follow. $10 for all. Please Register at

Toshiko Mori Exhibit ?Dialogue In Details’ Captures the Imagination


Have you been to the Center to see our new exhibit? If not, please join us for this brilliant, thought-provoking exhibit “Dialogue in Details,” originally created in 2012 by invitation for La Biennale di Venezia, a major international arts festival in Venice, Italy. This is the first US showing of this exhibit and will be at CFAS until December 15. Ms. Mori will be in Sarasota to lecture on Friday, October 16 at 5 pm at the Center. You are cordially invited. Space is limited. Registration required. Register at

As Ms. Mori says about the Exhibit, ?This is a series of ?dialogues’ with four American masters transpired from projects that required me to work next to, in addition to, or in reference to their creations. And so these four pairs of ?totems,? or wall sections, express common technical concerns while they mark the historical transition of architecture from the past, through the present, into the future.? The four American masters are Paul Rudolph, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.

She continues, ?Details in architecture are where many issues and elements of architecture meet. Without developing details we can’t construct. This is where imagination intersects with reality, construction meets with technology, and the thinking and the philosophies of architects meet. It’s the kind of thinking we have done throughout all the ages of history.? (View her interview about the exhibit on YouTube)

Toshiko Mori has a distinguished background in both the practice of architecture and academia. Currently, she is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her firm, Toshiko Mori Architect, has worked on urban, civic, institutional, cultural, residential, museum and exhibition design projects around the world — and she is no stranger to Sarasota. She designed two residences here, including the Burkhardt/Cohen house on Casey Key. Two ?details? from that project are a part of this exhibit. Center for Architecture is hosting a tour of this home on Saturday, October 17 at 11 am.
Register at

Don’t miss this fascinating opportunity. The CFAS Gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Noon to 5pm, Wednesday Noon to 8 pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.


Center Society


We introduced The Center Society in last month’s Newsletter.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to this group of forward-looking, community-minded individuals.  They have already provided significant support to the Center for the building’s renovation and they continue to support the ongoing programs the Center brings to you, its members, and to the entire region.

May we again invite you to consider joining this elite group with your contribution of $5,000 or more?  You will be permanently recognized in the building and enjoy ongoing special privileges including private receptions with our visiting lecturers, scholars, students and exhibitors, and private tours and events designed exclusively for our Society members.

If you chose to become a member now, you will join existing members at an exclusive Center Society Day with Toshiko Mori on Saturday, October 17th.  Beginning at 10 am, you will enjoy a private tour with Ms. Mori through the Burkhart/Cohen property on Casey Key.  That afternoon at 5 pm Ms. Mori will host a private showing of the ?Dialogue in Details? exhibit at the Center followed by cocktails and dinner.  This promises to be a memorable day.  For information and to join, please call Sandra Timpson Motto at707.477.0747 or drop a line to

CFAS Goes Big on Social Media

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re now very active on social media. It’s particularly great right now to be able to share our very popular Building a Day. On our YouTube channel, you can view videos of the CityLab student welcome event, the Guy Peterson Naked Exhibit and the Guy Peterson House Tour. The Toshiko Mori Lecture on October 16th will be next. We couldn’t do this without two special members: Erin Adams and Andrew Weis.

Erin manages current news and messages and also finds and shares interesting related issues on our sites. She’s been a loyal member since the beginning and when she isn’t online she teaches at Pure Barre Sarasota, models (you’ve seen her in publications), and frequently enjoys visits to her favorite coffee bar, Perq, with her beautiful daughter Ila Blumetti (age 10 months) and of course her fiancé architect Damien Blumetti (who just happens to have been instrumental in the renovation of the Center).

Andrew Weis found us through an article in Creative Loafing and jumped into action creating a CFAS videography program that feeds social media but also provides important archival records for CFAS. He works in the financial industry by day, but by night and weekends he’s a talented video producer. Andrew was a TV and Film major at the University of Texas and produced work for both UT and local Austin advertising and PR firms. Also while at UT he discovered his love of architecture, studying the prominent 20th century architects and visiting notable works such as Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale and Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum of Art with its 1972 Louis Kahn Building and the 2013 Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Our thanks go out to Erin and Andrew for the generous gift of their time and talents.

Member Spotlight:
Jim Keaton, Member of the Board

Jim Keaton came to Sarasota ostensibly to retire. Pure illusion. He has been designing ever since he could hold a pencil, so how could he possibly stop? He didn’t.

Born and raised in the western United States, his love of design developed early. He wanted to be an artist, a designer, the creator of a visually thrilling experience. His career began in Washington DC working for magazines and, after a few years of agency work, he formed his own group, Gardner Keaton. He flourished and his talent earned him accolades and awards, from the Graphis international awards (graphic design, advertising, photography and art/illustration) to the Addys (top creative award of excellence in the art of advertising).

Jim never met a project he could not design. And he is always exacting. Typesetters cringe when his jobs come in. Printers hate to see him coming due to his push for excellence in getting the job right. His creativity comes, in part, from an ardent desire to learn and push the boundaries of design.

Keaton was a CFAS Board member from the very beginning, and the organization has been the fortunate recipient of both his exceptional design talent and his kind and steady leadership ability. His involvement has been a great source of pride, although he is not one to step easily into the limelight. He’s dealt brilliantly with every challenge that has been asked of him ? even the tough ones. But no one loves a challenge more than Keaton.

Jim, we thank you.

AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Holds Annual Meeting with Noted Miami Architect Allan Shulman, FAIA

October 15, 2015 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
Keynote speaker Allan Shulman founded Miami-based Shulman + Associates in 1996. He is also an author, editor, lecturer, curator, associate professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and serves as Board Vice President of Miami Center for Architecture and Design. His firm is helping redefine Miami’s local vernacular. Many of his projects balance contemporary style with the need to celebrate the history of South Florida’s historic homes and buildings. He is a dynamic, passionate, and dedicated force and has been able to merge his love for architecture with his desire to support local organizations and visual artists.

All are welcome to attend, both AIA and non-AIA members.
Register at

AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Site Tour Series Presents Gulf Gate Library Tour

October 22, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The new 25,800-square-foot Gulf Gate Library, which opened in January of this year, includes a host of enhancements, including an automated book return. The $7.7 million structure was designed by Harvard Jolly architects to reflect the modern Craftsman style architecture in Sarasota. A reception will follow immediately after the tour. Please register at Free of charge to all.

Event Registration

Toshiko Mori “Dialogue in Details” Exhibit
Exhibit Open to the Public Now Through December 15Architecture in the Neighborhood:
Walking Tour of the CFAS Neighborhood
Saturday, October 10 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
EVENT SOLD OUT – email for wait list

Toshiko Mori Lecture
Friday, October 16 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Registration Required

Burkhardt/Cohen House Tour
Saturday, October 17 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Required

Atelier Talk – Jake Brady Concrete By Design
Wednesday, October 28 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Atelier Talk – Harold Bubil
Real Estate Editor at the Herald Tribune
Wednesday, November 18 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Save The Date

UF CityLab Sarasota Student Work Exhibit and Presentation
Exhibit Open to the Public Tuesday, December 15
Save The Date

Newsletter: July 2015 – Issue 1

July 31st, 2015


Note From Chair

Welcome to the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s first newsletter- our monthly publication of news and events to keep you informed about what is happening at the Center.

After the highly successful Grand Opening of the McCulloch Pavilion and the Center for Architecture, plans are being finalized for the Center’s fall and winter scheduling.

In July, CFAS will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation to welcome those interested in learning more about our organization and who would like to join our group as we begin our first season in the beautiful new building. Please see below for date and time.

The first class of the UF Graduate School of Architecture CityLab Sarasota students will be starting in August and we are hosting a Meet and Greet on August 26 to introduce them to Sarasota. CFAS is very pleased that every student will begin their studies at CityLab Sarasota with a scholarship thanks to the generous scholarship funds of Joseph A. Barbetta, Mel and Gary Schmidt, Michael K. Walker, Guy W. Peterson and the AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter who have made it possible to award $14,500 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.

CFAS is especially pleased to announce that in September we will be hosting the book launch and exhibit of Guy Peterson, FAIA. Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson book signing and lecture will be held on September 10 with the proceeds to be donated to the CFAS Scholarship Fund. The exhibit will be opening September 1.

Our plans for our 3rd annual October – Architecture and Design Month are almost complete and offer a wonderful variety of programs. Please check our website and event calendar often for announcements on all of our upcoming events and please sign up early – many of our events sell out quickly.

Finally, if you haven’t joined, I hope you will consider becoming a member of CFAS. Your membership is important to us and provides the necessary support for all of our programs and initiatives.

Great things are coming your way!



CFAS Receives National Attention For Grand Opening

The Center received wonderful reviews in many national publications including Architect Magazine, Metropolis, Architectural Record, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Tropic Magazine, and others.

For the list of publications and articles: Read More

CFAS Invited to Invitation-Only Pritzker Awards – The Architect’s “Nobel Prize”

Last month, the Center was honored to attend the highly-prestigious Pritzker Prize Ceremony in Miami Beach honoring Pritzker Prize Laureate Frei Otto. Board President Cynthia Peterson attended the ceremony and round table discussion with moderator and well-known architectural critic Paul Goldberger. The prize is often referred to as the profession’s highest honor. ?What a privilege it is to have been invited to this elite event,? Cynthia said, ?and I am so pleased to be representing Center for Architecture Sarasota.?

The international prize, which is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement, was established by the Pritzker family of Chicago in 1979. It is granted annually and recognizes professionals whose built work demonstrates those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment and has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment. The award is conferred on the laureate at a ceremony held at an architecturally significant site throughout the world. This is the first time Miami was honored as the host city.
For more information on the Pritzker Prize visit:

UF CityLab Sarasota

Meet our first class of UF CityLab Grad Students August 26

The first class of University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture Program CityLab Sarasota will begin their studies on August 24. Mark your calendars for the evening of August 26 when you are invited to attend a Welcome Reception and Scholarship Presentations as these talented students begin their two-year program. To date, scholarships have been created in the names of Joseph A. Barbetta, Guy W. Peterson, Mel and Gary Schmidt, Michael K. Walker, and the AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. We thank them sincerely for their generosity.

More information on CityLab: Read More

Call For Volunteers

Volunteer Orientation July 18

Our fall/winter schedule is a busy one, and we are gathering a dedicated group of volunteers to assist us in the following areas: Docent Program, Event Planning and Execution, Programs, Development, Marketing and Communications, Community Outreach, K-12 Programs, and Digital Communications. Please write Sandra Timpson at for further information and to sign up for our Volunteer information/orientation event which is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 11 am. We look forward to meeting with you.

Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson

Exhibit opens September 1
Book signing and lecture September 10

?I believe his [Guy Peterson’s] houses will be placed alongside the best, not only of regional architecture, but of American architecture in general.?
CFAS is especially proud to host the book signing, lecture and exhibit of the work of Guy Peterson, FAIA. Please join us as we welcome AIA Fellow and 2013 AIA Florida Firm of the Year recipient for a relaxed evening of discussion and celebration to launch the release of his new monograph.

Proceeds to benefit the CFAS Scholarship Fund

CFAS Participates in Community Foundation Annual Giving Challenge September 1-2

This year our organization will participate in Sarasota’s Giving Partner Giving Challenge on September 1-2 (noon to noon). Your support is even more important because this year any contribution will be matched up to $250 through the generous support of the Patterson Foundation.

More info:

October – Architecture and Design Month Celebration: Special Guest Toshiko Mori Architect

Plans are being finalized for our 3rd annual festivities with a month of programs and special events including our special guest Toshiko Mori Architect.

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which she established in 1981 in New York City.

Toshiko Mori will lecture at the Center and lead a special members-only tour of the Burkhardt/Cohen House on Casey Key. The Burkhardt/Cohen House was originally designed by Paul Rudolph in 1957 with renovations and guest house addition by Ms. Mori in 1999. The home is in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, which identifies the world’s 1,000 most important buildings.

The Toshiko Mori lecture will be on October 16 and the Burkhardt/Cohen House Tour will be on October 17.  Registration opens in September for both events.

Upcoming Events

UF CityLab Welcome Reception –
Wednesday, August 26 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


Volunteer Orientation Session –
Saturday, July 18 – 11:00 AM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


AIA FLGC/CFAS Form Based Code Discussion, Q&A –
Thursday, July 23 – 5:30 PM

Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236


Naked: The Architecture of Guy Peterson
Book Signing, Gallery Talk –

Thursday, September 10 – 5:30 PM
Location: CFAS – 265 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236