Real estate: Briefs



Center for Architecture Sarasota (CFAS) closes its inaugural spring lecture series with an appearance by architect Felipe Mesa Tuesday, March 18, at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Building Community Room.

A reception is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6. Tickets are required and can be reserved at www.cfas.wildapricot

.org, or purchased at the event.

The lecture is free to CFAS members. Nonmembers pay $10 and students can attend for $5.

Mesa, founder of Plan: b Arquitectos in Medellin, Colombia, is an award-winning architect, professor and author with work featured in four prominent books. He is a celebrated lecturer in South America, Europe and the U.S.

Mesa’s innovative and exuberant designs include private residences, schools, sports arenas, libraries, museums and hotels. He labels his designs as “purposeful” architecture defined by his intrinsic understanding of “convergence, permeability and the ecosystematic condition.”

Plan: b, which was founded in 2000, has received numerous awards in important architectural competitions in Colombia: the Orquideorama for the Medellin Botanical Garden (2006), Flor del Campo School in Cartagena (2008), Four Sports Scenarios for the South American Games in Medellin (2010), and the Kindergartens in San Antonio de Prado, Pajarito and Santo Domingo in Medellin (2012).

Mesa studied architecture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellin in 1998 and earned a master’s degree in Barcelona, Spain, in 2000.

He has taught at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de los Andes in Bogota.

CFAS advocates for the historical preservation and revival of Sarasota school of architecture buildings and marshals resources that promote and educate the community and its visitors on the built environment as it relates to Sarasota’s architectural heritage.


The cover of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s new “Kitchen Planning” volume of the Professional Resource Library features a kitchen by Eurotech Cabinetry of Sarasota.

“Kitchen Planning, Guidelines, Codes, Standards” is the leading resource for kitchen and bath designers and students.

The kitchen, designed by Tracey Scalzo, took first-place honors in the Small Kitchen Category and “The Best of Before and After” of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2012 Design Competition. The same kitchen also won HGTV’s “People’s Pick” award in 2012.

Scalzo is a certified master kitchen and bath designer.

REAL ESTATE is edited by Harold Bubil (; 941-361-4805) with copyediting and design by assistant business editor Terry Galvin.

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