SAF Board of Directors Election - August 2017

Christopher Wilson, PhD was elected Board Chair and Anne Marie Bergevin is the new Vice-Chair. Janet Minker, SAF's Chair since 2012, will continue to serve on the SAF Board.

Wilson, professor of architecture and design history at Ringling College, has resided in Sarasota since 2011. In 2012, he became a SAF Board Member and in 2016, Vice-Chair. Wilson has been involved in the growing presence of SAF, particularly with the organization's tours, film screenings and lectures, as well as reviewing candidates for the annual SAF-Paul Rudolph Scholarship. Wilson looks forward to furthering the growth and reputation of SAF.

Bergevin joined the SAF Board in 2015 and was instrumental in managing and training SAF’s Walker Guest House Replica volunteer docents, leading daily, docent-led tours for over 57,000 visitors on the grounds of The Ringling. Bergevin looks forward to transferring these skills to supporting the SAF Board.

Wilson, Bergevin and Minker, along with fellow SAF Board members, Michael Bush, Carrie Cox, Anne Essner, Elliott Himelfarb, and Dr. Michael Kalman, are looking forward to working together for the future success of SAF under this new leadership.

Board of Directors

Anne Marie Bergevin
Michael Bush
Carrie Cox
Anne Essner
Elliott Himelfarb

Dr. Michael Kalman

Janet Minker

Christopher Wilson, PhD

Advisory Board

Carl Abbott, FAIA

David Brain, PhD

Robert Essner

Gregory Hall, AIA LEED AP

Dwight E. Holmes, FAIA

Martie Lieberman

Lorrie Muldowney
AICP, Associate AIA

Joyce Owens, RIBA, AIA

Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA

Sarasota Architectural Foundation Mission
Advocate. Educate. Celebrate.
SAF is dedicated to increasing awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.

• We inform city and county leaders about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and the benefits of preserving its unique structures.

• We award two annual SAF - Paul Rudolph scholarships to the best and brightest architecture students with financial needs. The program is in its seventh year.

• We present ongoing films, lectures and tours, and the annual SarasotaMOD 3-day architecture festival in November. SAF built and exhibited a full-scale Replica of architect Paul Rudolph's iconic Walker Guest House on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum from November 2015 – April 30, 2017.

This is what we do best. With the generous support of our members and the community, we will accomplish even more.

Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is passionate in our belief that an informed and motivated public ultimately results in a better built environment — one that is both respectful of our buildings and our history. Every day, midcentury structures across America are reduced to rubble because they have few defenders. We hope that you, as a member and supporter of SAF, will continue to be, or will become one of those much-needed champions, so that together we can inform discussions and alter outcomes. SAF thanks our dedicated members, homeowners, sponsors, donors and volunteers who continue their support and involvement throughout the year, and invite everyone to join our very special organization. Become a SAF Member Today.


The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is the outgrowth of "An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium," a five-day showcase in 2001 of Sarasota County's unique mid-century modern architecture known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Developed by members of the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Inc. (FASS), the tour was attended by over 1,000 design professionals, scholars, and individuals from around the world, and comprised lectures, guided bus and boat tours, a documentary, exhibitions and social events. A core group of tour organizers subsequently formed SAF to focus on the ongoing preservation and celebration of the Sarasota School structures, and the promotion of architectural excellence within the Sarasota community.

Since SAF's incorporation in 2002, the organization has presented numerous architectural tours, film screenings, and educational events for design professionals and the general public. SAF's core membership is a diverse group of individuals, each of whom share the vision that Sarasota is an epicenter of significant architectural design. Membership in SAF supports that vision and broadens its appeal, being part of Sarasota's future, while celebrating the richness of its past.

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not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement
and advocates to preserve the midcentury modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles.
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