Seibert: Talk + Trolley Tour with Harold Bubil and Sam Holladay

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234


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Seibert Talk + Trolley Tour with Harold Bubil and Sam Holladay AIA

Proceeds to benefit the SAF Paul Rudolph Scholarship Fund,
Dedicated in 2019 to Edward J. “Tim” Seibert

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Presentation by Harold Bubil, architecture journalist, with, commentary by Sam Holladay AIA, Principal, Seibert Architects

Harold Bubil will provide an overview of the life and work of Edward J. “Tim” Seibert, FAIA (1927-2018), one of the original members of the “Sarasota School,” whose four-decade career shaped a large majority of the Sarasota area — from downtown, to Southgate, Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key. Sam Holladay, Principal in Seibert Architects, the successor firm that still carries Tim’s name, will enliven the presentation with stories and anecdotes of working with Seibert.

Board a trolley and explore some of the built works created by Tim Seibert during his career, including condominiums, private residences and commercial structures. 

Edward J. “Tim” Seibert, FAIA (1927 - 2018) was the retired founder and principal architect of Seibert Architects. The Sarasota region abounds with examples of his bold, midcentury modernist designs.

Seibert earned his degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 1953. He began his career as draftsman in the Sarasota office of Paul Rudolph, a premier conceptualist of the Sarasota School of Architecture, which won this region international recognition in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1955, Seibert opened his own office in Sarasota, naming it Seibert Architects PA.

In May 1998, Seibert was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, for being “nationally recognized as a leader in the Sarasota School of Architecture and for his commitment to architecture as an art in consistently provocative and elegant design solutions.” In 1999, Seibert was awarded the AIA “Test of Time” award for the John D. MacDonald house on Siesta Key. He had previously received the AIA’s highest Florida Award, the "Florida Award of Honor for Design,” and also the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the University of Florida School of Architecture in 1994. Seibert retired in 1995 and lives in Boca Grande, FL.

In 1994, Seibert passed the leadership of his firm to Samuel C. Holladay, AIA, who became its new principal and owner. However, Seibert maintained a close relationship with the firm’s “third generation” of architects practicing in the Sarasota School tradition. "My interest in the ongoing appreciation of a design tradition so well suited to Florida's environment continues,” he said. “It is a great satisfaction for me to know that our Sarasota School tradition is alive and well, currently enjoying a significant resurgence of recognition here and across the country.”

Harold Bubil’s first byline in a Sarasota newspaper was printed in December 1974. After serving in a variety of roles with the Sarasota Journal and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, he was real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune from 1994 until his recent retirement. In addition, he has written about architecture for the paper since 1999, and has even covered a few national hurricane conferences along the way. His favorite topics, in addition to real estate and architecture, include development history and green building.

He has no formal training in architecture, but developed a passion for it from his early years in picturesque Newport, Rhode Island, and more than 50 years living in among Sarasota's architectural treasures. His informal training includes hundreds of interviews with leading architects in Sarasota and around Florida.

His awards include the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the Florida-Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Gold Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for the nation’s best residential real estate story of 2016. 

Samuel C. Holladay AIA is the principal architect of Seibert Architects and a strong proponent of modernist design.

Holladay received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 1971, and began his career with Seibert Architects in 1972. He became the firm’s president in 1994, after Tim Seibert retired. During that time, Holladay was involved in a host of projects, including residential design, land planning, schools, resorts and multifamily projects. He is a member of the AlA Gulfcoast Chapter, the Florida Association of the AlA and the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Holladay is a director with the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, a past member of the Florida State AlA’s board of directors, and past president of the Gulf Coast Heritage Association’s board of directors.

Talk only: SAF Member: $25; Public: $30; Ringling College Faculty, Staff or Students: FREE

Talk + Tour: SAF Members: $100; Public: $120

Check-in and Refreshments: 12:30 - 1:00 PM
Talk: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Trolley Tour: 2:00 - 5:00pm

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