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,
Media inquiries call 612-578-0952.

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, October 05, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
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    As part of his research for writing the Sarasota chapter in a forthcoming monograph on the life and work of Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy, FAIA, SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson visited the Art and Architecture Archives at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC, in June 2016 and May 2017.

    During his 2016 visit, Christopher investigated Lundy's architectural drawings, both free-hand and hard-line. During his 2017 visit, he investigated the so-called "brain-books" – Lundy's term for his sketchbooks that contained not only architectural sketches but also
    meeting notes, personal thoughts, ramblings, shopping lists, structural calculations, ticket stubs and non-architectural sketches.

    Wilson's presentation is an overview of what he discovered during his research trips. A look at Lundy's architectural drawings reveals the meticulous way in which the architect worked out how to construct his characteristically expressive architecture. Every curved roof beam,
    cantilevered overhang and full-height glass wall is drawn out in painstaking detail to ensure that Lundy's vision became a reality. A look at Lundy's sketches, however, goes beyond the architecture and reveals Victor Lundy the person, his idiosyncrasies, and his method of designing a project and getting it built.

    An audience Q & A will follow the lecture.

    Photo shown: Galloways Furniture Building, 1959, Victor Lundy, FAIA

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

    Questions:, 941-364-2199

    No campus parking restrictions after 5 pm.
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    The Academic Center is #28 on map

    Christopher Wilson, BArch, MA, PhD
    Dr. Christopher S. Wilson teaches architecture and design history at Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation since 2012.

    Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree from The Architectural Association, London, England, and a Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Before entering the world of academia, Wilson worked as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    His most recent book, Beyond Anitkabir: The Construction and Maintenance of National Memory (Ashgate Press, 2013), narrates the story of the five architectural constructions that have housed the dead body of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. Wilson is currently writing the Sarasota chapter in a monograph on the life and work of Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy, to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2018.

    • Friday, October 06, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Chidsey Library, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

    SAF is a proud sponsor of the upcoming exhibit "Jack West Architect - 60 Years of Sarasota Design". Jack West was an original member of the Sarasota School movement, along with Ralph Twitchell, Paul Rudolph, Tim Seibert, Gene Leedy and Victor Lundy.

    Opening Reception

    Friday, October 6, 2017
    5:30 to 7:30 PM
    701 N. Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34236

    This is a FREE event!

    Designed by architect Joe King and hosted by the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center

    The exhibit is open September - December 2017… and it'll be open during MOD 2017!

    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    • 10:00 PM
    • Sarasota, FL

    SarasotaMOD Weekend 2017

    Fourth Annual Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival

    Celebrating Edward "Tim" Seibert, FAIA

    With Tours, Presentations, Parties

    SAF's Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award
    Presented to Tim Seibert

    Tickets go on sale August 2017

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