Lectures by architects Carl Abbott and John Howey are on the SAF’s August calendar, while Guy Peterson will be the guest of honor at a panel and reception presented by the Herald-Tribune.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation will present a lecture titled “Maya to Modern: The Architecture of Carl Abbott” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Ringling College’s Academic Center Auditorium, 2699 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota.
Howey, author of “The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966,” will speak from 5:30 to 7:30 Friday, Aug. 5, at the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. His topic is “Summer Abstractions” as an exhibit opens on the abstract works of artists John Chamberlain, Syd Solomon, Richard Roblin, Josette Urso, Sonia Smith, David Shapiro, Helen Shulman and John Henry.
Abbott will discuss his emphasis on designing “with the land.” He recently toured ruins in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and for years has studied design both ancient and modern. His own designs are guided in ways similar to those of ancient designers, whose architecture was in harmony with the natural environment.
A reception and book signing of Abbott’s book, “In/Formed by the Land,” will follow the presentation.
Reservations for both events can be made online at www.saf-srq.org.
Architect Guy Peterson, who received the 37th Gold Medal from the Florida-Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects on July 23, will be the guest of honor at a reception and panel discussion presented by the Herald-Tribune in August.
The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the media group's headquarters, 1741 Main St., Sarasota. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Harold Bubil will host the event in the Community Room, interviewing Peterson and then moderating a panel discussion that will include Sarasota architects who also won design awards at AIA Florida's convention here. They are Jerry Sparkman and Todd Sweet of Sweet Sparkman Architects, Michael Halflants and John Pichette of Halflants + Pichette Studio for Modern Architecture, Jonathan Parks of Solstice Architects, Carl Abbott of Carl Abbott Architect and Planner, Sam Holladay and Michael Epstein of Seibert Architects, Greg Hall of Hall Architects and Peterson.