The Center for Architecture Sarasota seeks to foster the public’s understanding of architecture and the myriad ways it enriches the Sarasota region. It is a place where students, design professionals, community leaders and the public can come together to admire, discuss and debate our built environment. A design studio. A classroom. An exhibit space. A lecture hall. The aspiration is for The Center to advance education and promote public engagement with architecture through a program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, films, and other special events.

The renovated facility will be a place for Center for Architecture Sarasota, CityLab-Sarasota, and for anyone interested in architecture, design and the quality of our built environment to learn, teach, celebrate, share and advocate. The facility will include studio space, offices, and program space for both CityLab-Sarasota and CFAS. Students, professionals and the public will visit the center to attend meetings, to participate in discussions, and to attend presentations by regional, national and international experts.

Center for Architecture Sarasota will restore the Scott Building to its beautiful and minimal modernist aesthetic so eloquently expressed by Rupp and Farrell in 1960 and to develop these spaces into a museum-quality exhibition space and a lecture hall with state of the art communication and presentation technologies.