Sustainability of Investment

Today, there are Centers for Architecture in a number of U.S. cities. Sarasota’s Center is unique in that it is working in partnership and sharing space with a major university’s School of Architecture ? thus providing a deeper and more meaningful learning aspect to the organization. The school also adds  significant value to its service to the community by working on specific projects in the area. This partnership speaks to the sustainability of The Center and its programs for a long and successful future.

About the Center

The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2013 in partnership with the University of Florida School of Architecture and the County of Sarasota. Leaders of UF’s Graduate School of Architecture chose Sarasota as the location for a special Master’s degree program, CityLab Sarasota, where students live and earn their degrees within the environment of a working city ?laboratory.? The school’s in-residence graduate students work, study and learn in this building.

The public space in the building is dedicated to a large open gallery for exhibits, programs and events, a multi-media lecture hall, and office space for the Center for Architecture and the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

The Building

The County of Sarasota has provided the ideal building in the ideal location for The Center. The Scott Building, as it was originally known, was designed in 1960 by award-winning and nationally-recognized architects William Rupp and Joseph Farrell ? both protégés of the renowned architect Paul Rudolph. Their legacies as important masters in the Sarasota School of Architecture remain preserved in this building, which beautifully underscores the message our organization champions: to foster excellence in our built environment, preserve our community’s finest architecture and provide a model for our future built environment.


The Center’s programs include lectures presented by international design leaders, exhibits from the world of architecture and design, distinctive architectural tours and its annual October ? Architecture and Design Month, when special lectures, exhibits, community panel discussions on our region’s design and planning issues, atelier talks, tours and the popular Building A Day e-blast program are presented.

Initial Major Contributions

Significant gifts and grants provided almost $1 million, which covered the renovation of the Scott Building. The building was renamed the McCulloch Pavilion in honor of Sarasota resident Nathalie Warren McCulloch for her major gift. Other significant early grants included those from the Selby Foundation and the Chapell Family. The Center is also building a loyal group of volunteers whose assistance is essential to its ongoing programs.


The Center enjoys a broadly-based membership of individuals, families and organizations from around the region. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, from community and business leaders to educators, artists, and preservationists, along with members of the architecture, design, development and urban planning community ? all of whom understand the value of good design and responsible planning.

Importance and Benefits of Membership

Your membership will help to guarantee ongoing support for the Center’s programs. Your legacy to our community and the beauty and sustainability of our built environment will be recognized in the building. In addition, you will enjoy special privileges including private receptions with our visiting lecturers, scholars, students and exhibitors, private tours and private events designed exclusively for our Center Society members.

For further information and to become a member, kindly contact Sandra Timpson at 941.350.5430 or send an email to