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World-renowned architect Juha Leiviskä is the first guest speaker in the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s lecture series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Community Room, 1741 Main St., Sarasota. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Students are $5. Sarasota Magazine is the sponsor.

Leiviskä, born in 1936 in Helsinki, Finland, is renowned for his sacred buildings and recognized for his subtle use of natural light.

Leiviskä studied architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology, qualifying as an architect in 1963 where he also worked as a teaching assistant from 1959 to 1971. He established his own architectural practice in 1967.

Some of Leiviskä’s best-known works in Finland are the St. Thomas Parish Church and Centre in Oulu (1975), Myyrmäki Church and Parish Centre in Vantaa (1980-84) and the German Embassy in Helsinki (1986-93). Elsewhere, he designed the International Cultural Centre Ad Dar in Bethlehem, Palestine (1998-2003).

Leiviskä was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, and was appointed as an “Artist Professor” by the Finnish president in 1992. In 1994, he was made an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded the prestigious Carlsberg Prize in 1995.


For the second consecutive year, Ashton Woods Homes has been named Most Trusted Builder in America, according to a newly released Lifestory Research study. Ashton Woods builds in four Sarasota communities, with two more on the way.

The study of 43,200 new-home shoppers tracked 133 builder brands. It found that three out of four customers believe trust is paramount in choosing a new home builder.

The study measures trust with a Net Trust Quotient Score (NTQS).

Ashton Woods Homes — the nation’s 20th-largest builder and fifth-largest private builder based on closings — posted a NTQS of 113.2, highest among builders named in the study. Information:

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