Mission + History

Advocate. Educate. Celebrate.

The 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 one annual SAF – Paul Rudolph scholarship 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 2017.

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

The 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 the SAF, will continue to be, or will become one of those much-needed champions, so that together we can inform discussions and alter outcomes. We thank 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.

History

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 shares 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.