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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Dedication of Historic Designation of the Scott Building

February 14th, 2017

Center for Architecture Sarasota celebrates the designation of the 1960 Scott Building to the National Register of Historic Places.

Designation Plaque on Scott Building at Center for Architecture Sarasota
Photo by Dylan Cox, DJWC Photography

The Scott Building, renamed The McCulloch Pavilion after generous CFAS donor, Nathalie McCulloch, is a significant surviving example of commercial architecture that was completed during the period that has since become known as the Sarasota School of Architecture, or Sarasota Modern School. The structure was designed in 1960 by award-winning and nationally-recognized architects, William Rupp and Joseph Farrell. The repurpose and preservation was achieved in 2014 through a partnership that was formed between CFAS, Sarasota County, and the UF Graduate School of Architecture to bring to reality the Scott Building as a center for community engagement on the importance of the built environment.

The renovation was completed by the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture, and builder, Michael K. Walker and Associates. The McCulloch Pavilion received the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Historic Preservation in 2015.

Photo by Dylan Cox, DJWC Photography

Architect Joe Farrell with Cynthia Peterson
Photo by Dylan Cox, DJWC Photography

The Scott Building, renamed The McCulloch Pavilion
Photo by Dylan Cox, DJWC Photography


SNN: October 15, 2016

October 15th, 2016

Celebrating design and architecture in Sarasota


All month long, the Center for Architecture Sarasota is celebrating design and architecture on the Suncoast. They’re offering special events for the community.

The Center will host world-renowned architect Marlon Blackwell on October 27th. Blackwell will speak on how architecture can happen anywhere.

The Center is also doing a series of historic walking tours around downtown Sarasota on October 29th, focusing on downtown architecture.

And of course the center is revealing new exhibits. The current exhibit by students of University of Florida envisions Sarasota’s new cultural Bayfront.

Center for Architecture Sarasota’s Cynthia Peterson says the center focuses on the architectural heritage, the design world and what the future will bring.


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Observer: October 12, 2016

October 12th, 2016

CityLab Sarasota students design a new future for the bayfront


The Center for Architecture Sarasota exhibit showcases visions for a bayfront cultural district.

Swedish transplant Gabriella Ebbesson is sick of Floridians’ love affair with air conditioning.

However, as an architecture student with a knack for melding earth, water and sky in her designs for a bayfront symphony hall, she might have found a way to get locals outside their climate-controlled safety nets.

Ebbesson is one of six students from the The University of Florida School of Architecture CityLab Sarasota program who were challenged to reimagine the Sarasota bayfront. Starting in January, the students in the Advanced Graduate Architectural Design II course spent the semester researching the 42-acre plot, designing a master plan and creating models for a new symphony hall for the Sarasota Orchestra. This spring, the students presented their ideas to CityLab faculty members and members of the community group Bayfront 20:20.

Now, the sketches and models created for the project are on display through Nov. 30, at the Chapell Gallery in the the Center for Architecture Sarasota, which doubles as the students’ classroom and studio.

Ebbesson says she and her classmates saw the project as an opportunity to get locals outside to experience the natural beauty that’s hidden from view as they drive down U.S. Highway 41.

Martin Gold, CityLab Sarasota’s program director, says it’s a way for students to learn about civic design and idea presentation. He hopes exhibit-goers will see the designs as a means of connecting the community in a space that’s accessible to all.

?There’s an opportunity here to preserve this in a way that everyone who lives here, no matter how wealthy you are, can access this site in a meaningful way,? Gold says.

The area along Sarasota Bay, bordered by 10th Street to the north, North Tamiami Trail to the east, Boulevard of the Arts to the south and the bay to the west, contains key cultural hubs, including Art Center Sarasota, Municipal Auditorium and the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. They’re all sites that local art aficionados value deeply.

The challenge was redesigning the bayfront in a way that maintains the integrity of these spaces while addressing the future of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Gold says.

Sandy Timpson Motto, the vice chair of the board for the Center for Architecture Sarasota, says everyone in town seems to either ?love or hate? the Van Wezel, which has been one of the most recognizable sites along the bay since it was built in 1968. Its unique shell-inspired exterior as well as its 1,741-seat interior, which Gold says is not big enough to host the high-caliber shows that it tries to attract, presented students with an interesting trial.

During the first month of the project, the students split into teams of two to offer proposals. The result is three master plans designed to either retain, repurpose or replace the hall.

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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

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