SAF Events

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation features ongoing lectures, tours and film events.

The Lecture Series features presentations and discussions by distinguished architects and designers. Topics include "Mid-Century Modernism", "Regional Modernism: The Florida Work of Paul M. Rudolph" and "Modernism and World's Fairs: from London to Shanghai".

SAF House Tours enable members and guests to tour architecturally significant homes and talk with architects, designers, contractors and homeowners.

Admission costs vary and are payable online and at each event, depending on availability, by credit, cash or check.

Questions: 941-364-2199, info@saf-srq.org
Media inquiries call 941-524-7665.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 4143 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island FL
    • 34
    Register


    Explore Rudolph's original Walker Guest House
    with Joyce Owens and Joe King!

    Join the SAF at the original "Walker Guest House" on Sanibel Island, off the coast of Ft. Myers. Designed by Paul Rudolph in 1953 - his first commission after leaving Ralph Twitchell - the Walker Guest House has a compact floor plan that provides living, dining, sleeping, kitchen and bathroom spaces - all within only 476 square feet. The house's 8' x 8' exterior flaps can be adjusted for privacy, views, the wind, and can also be used as overhead shading for exterior spaces.

    The Walker Guest House is such an outstanding and exemplary structure of the "Sarasota School" that the SAF exhibited its replica on the grounds of The Ringling Museum between November 2015 and April 2017 in order to educate the public about the building's continued relevance to today. Contemporary interest in "tiny houses" and sustainability and climate issues have proven this to be correct.

    Joe King is an architect and contractor practicing on the west coast of Florida. His design andconstruction work reflects his interest in the region’s development and natural history.

    King's company, Old Cypress Construction, built SAF's Replica of the Paul Rudolph-designed Walker Guest House (1952), which was exhibited on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from November 2015 through April 2017.

    A third-generation Florida native and a graduate of Georgia Tech and Emory University, King has written and lectured extensively on Florida design and building. He is the co-author, with Christopher Domin, of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses. The book and traveling exhibit received the Outstanding Book Award by the Society of Architectural Historians, Southeast. King is also the author of Tour Venice Architecture, which earned the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. His other awards include: Outstanding Private Development for his river forest neighborhood by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association; the Leadership Award by the Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida; and recognition by the Florida Department of Community Affairs for his film, Developing a Better Way: Using Low Impact Development Strategies. King’s exhibit, “J West Architect: Sixty Years of Sarasota Design,” received the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

    Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA is a Ft. Myers-based architect, speaker, columnist and architectural critic.

    After graduating from Notre Dame University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1984, Owens established a London-based practice and relocated to southwest Florida in 2004. Her architectural practices in the United Kingdom and the United States have garnered international attention for their award-winning buildings and site-sensitive designs.

    She currently serves as the AIA Florida's 2017 President and has been the AIA Florida State Director since 2011. In 2010, she served as President of AIA Florida Southwest and received the AIA Florida Chapter Pullara Award. She is also a 2011 recipient of AIA Florida Southwest’s highest recognition, the W.R. Frizzell Award, for making a profound impact on the architectural profession and the community. In 2013, Owens received the AIA Florida Southwest Individual Honor Award for continued contributions to the profession and chapter. She is a current member of the AIA Florida Southwest Board of Directors.

    She serves as a trustee of the Florida Foundation for Architecture and was the 2014 vice president. Her London practice, Azman Owens Architects, was named one of the 13 Top Emerging Architectural Practices in the UK by Architectural Review in April 2000.

    She is a prominent speaker at conferences and symposiums sponsored by the Sarasota Architecture Foundation and the Miromar Design Center. She has also spoken at events sponsored by the Architecture Foundation, Edinburgh & Cambridge University and the Royal Institute of British Architects Headquarters.

    Owens is a columnist for USA Today’s 10Best and also writes the “Architect About Town” column for the Fort Myers News-Press. In 2011, Owens curated the exhibit “SWFL MCMO: Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida” at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.



    1 to 3 PM: Tour, Talk by Joe King and Joyce Owens, Light Refreshments.
    Self-drive, street parking is available. Please do not block driveways.

    Walker Guest House photo above © Ezra Stoller

    • Thursday, May 03, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
    • 180
    Register


    Frei Otto: Spanning the Future is a documentary about the incredible life and work of Frei Otto. As an architect and engineer he laid the foundation for contemporary lightweight architecture, and his ideas are still awe inspiring decades after he revealed them. This fact was cemented when he was named the 2015 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. In one of the final interviews given before his passing, Frei Otto tells how coming of age in the years surrounding WWII influenced his work in tensile architecture. Along with Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, Frei Otto was a visionary. His approach to form finding to solve structural as well as social problems is the foundation for modern architecture. Frei Otto: Spanning the Future takes architecture fans on a journey through a history of architecture that inspires the world of tomorrow. His fundamental knowledge of architecture's relationship to natural forces and a holistic view of the architect's role in the built environment is the foundation of today's tectonic shift in architecture. And as computer technology continues to advance, his methods for complex curvatures are becoming realized in our built environment, as are his broader philosophical concepts about solving some of the world's most pressing issues.



    For more information, visit freiottofilm.com

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota FL 34234

    Questions: info@SAF-SRQ.org, 941-364-2199

    Download Ringling College Campus Map


    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register

    SAF Welcomes AIA Florida Gulf Coast and The Sarasota Design Conference


    Enjoy an entertaining and informative 90-minute walking tour of the Lido Shores neighborhood, atreasure-trove of Modern architecture. You'll see the exteriors of Sarasota School of Architecture residences from the 1950s to the present, illustrating the evolution of the movement over the decades. Understand "Designing for a Change" concepts such as the different architectural approaches to post 1980s FEMA regulations and the multiple ways to add onto a humble 1950s designed home. Plus, experience an exclusive tour of the interior of Paul Rudolph's Umbrella House, described as "One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid twentieth century" by Architectural Digest.

    Guided by Christopher Wilson, architecture and design historian at Ringling College of Art + Design and SAF board chair, you'll view the award-winning works of architects Paul Rudolph, Edward "Tim" Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman, William Rupp, Don Chapell, Guy Peterson and Carl Abbott.

    Lido Shores Walking Tour
    Sunday, June 10, 2018
    10:45 - 12:45pm
    The walking tour, limited to 20 people, features residential exteriors as well as theinterior of Paul Rudolph's Umbrella House.

    Tour begins at the Umbrella House,
    1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL

    Please register in advance.

    Transportation: Trolley from Hyatt Regency Sarasota departing at 10:30am.


    Questions: info@saf-srq.org, 941-364-2199



    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, August 18, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, September 15, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Friday, November 09, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • Sarasota, FL



    Fifth Annual Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival

    Celebrating Paul Rudolph's Centennial 
    Featuring Lectures, Film Screening, Art Exhibition, Exclusive House and Driving Tours, and Cocktail Parties. Plus, meet Paul Goldberger, American architectural critic and educator.

    More details in a MOD minute: SarasotaMOD.com


    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

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