2017 SAF – Paul Rudolph Scholarship Winners Announced

On Monday, June 12, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) announced the 2017 winners of the sixth annual SAF-Paul Rudolph Scholarships. The awards presentation took place at Ringling College of Art + Design’s Academic Center, Room 207, from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Maxwell Strauss – $5,000 college scholarship
Sarasota Christian School graduate
Bachelor’s Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
Will attend the University of Texas, Austin

Bailey Jordan – $1,000 college scholarship
Venice Senior High School graduate
Will be attending the University of Notre Dame, IN

Emily Cain – $500 college scholarship
Pine View School graduate
Will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Morgan Ann Mulholland – $500 college scholarship
Lakewood Ranch High School graduate
Will be attending both Santa Fe College and University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

About the SAF – Paul Rudolph Scholarship Awards
Since 2012, SAF and the Michael Kalman Foundation has awarded $36,262.00 to twelve Florida high school graduates enrolled in a NAAB-accredited professional degree (5-year BA or BA + MA) in architecture. Applicants must be a graduate of a Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Charlotte, Lee or Collier County, Florida High School and in need of financial assistance.

About Paul Rudolph
Born in 1918, Paul Rudolph studied with Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius at Harvard Graduate School of Design and was later Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University. Buildings of his design can be found in cities around the world, including New York, Boston, Fort Worth, Singapore, Hong Kong and Jakarta. He continued to design buildings into the 1990s, and died in 1997 at the age of 79.

Rudolph, beginning his career in Sarasota, Florida, was one of the most influential architects in all of Florida in the 1950s and was the lead figure in the Sarasota School of Architecture Movement. Among his many award-winning Florida buildings include the Walker Guest House (1952, Sanibel Island), Umbrella House (1953, Sarasota) Sarasota High School Addition (1958, Sarasota), Deering Residence (1959, Casey Key) and Milam Residence (1961, Ponta Vedra).

For more information, please visit https://saf.wildapricot.org/scholarship

2017 SAF Paul Rudolph Scholarships

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Gray Matters More Than Ever

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Join SAF for the Sarasota premier of “Gray Matters”, the award-winning documentary examining the extraordinary life of Eileen Gray, architect, interior designer and furniture designer. The film is an historical, scholarly and cinematic investigation of the career of one of the most influential modernist icons.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Chelsea Bruner, Interior Design Historian, Ringling College of Art + Design
Popcorn courtesy of Brad Battersby, Film Department Head, Ringling College of Art + Design

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
5:30 pm
Ringling College of Art + Design
Academic Center Auditorium
2699 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

SAF Members $10
Public $15
Please RSVP: Ringling College Students and Staff Free, with ID

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Questions: 941-364-2199 or info@SAF-SRQ.org
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Save the Paul Rudolph Canopies in Sarasota FL Under Threat of Demolition

By Alastair Gordon
https://www.facebook.com/alastair.gordon.5

It’s been a rough month for architect Paul Rudolph. First, there was news of his Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY being torn down and now, I just got word from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation that Rudolph’s elegantly minimal pedestrian canopies that extend around the side and back of his Sarasota Senior High School (1958-1960) are in imminent danger of being demolished by none other than Ringling College of Art + Design and the Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA). Why would a museum want to tear down such an important historic artifact that was designed by the most famous architect of the Sarasota School? It truly beggars the imagination! Most cultural institutions would do anything to have such beautiful modernist structures as part of their campus.

Joseph Molitor photo of Sarasota High School showing all the Paul Rudolph-designed canopies, dated February 9, 1960.

Joseph Molitor photo of Sarasota High School showing all the Paul Rudolph-designed canopies, dated February 9, 1960.

Yes, I can see a clunky transition from parking lot to the back entry of the old brick high school building (c.1926) that the college is now renovating into a museum, but any decent architect would be able to figure out a smooth transition that incorporates the Rudolph canopies while doing a minimum of damage and still announcing “entry” to the people who are entering the museum from the parking lot side.

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Sarasota High School Canopy Walkway. Photo courtesy Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University.

The Sarasota County School Board did a commendable job in first saving and then meticulously restoring the Rudolph Sarasota High School Addition. Now Ringling College must follow suit and see the logic and historic necessity of saving the Rudolph canopies that extend from the high school onto their part of the property and link the two buildings as they were originally intended to do. The canopies are as important a part of the overall design as the main school building.

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Sarasota High School Canopy Walkway designed by architect Paul Rudolph. Illustration by John Pirman, http://www.johnpirman.com

Please reach out ASAP and send an e-mail to Dr. Larry R. Thompson who is President of Ringling College and therefore the key decision maker in the building process. (The Sarasota Museum of Art is a project of Ringling College.)

Dr. Thompson’s email address is: officeofpres@ringling.edu

Please don’t hesitate to voice your opinion (esp. all of my architect and arch. critic friends) and let them know how you feel about the importance of these Rudolph’s canopies! Thank you for your participation!


Alastair Gordon is Contributing Editor at WSJ Magazine, Architecture Critic at the Miami Herald and Distinguished Fellow at Miami Beach Urban Studios. He is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books on architecture, art and urbanism including Weekend Utopia, Naked Airport, Spaced Out, Wandering Forms, Theater of Shopping, Qualities of Duration, Beach Houses, Romantic Modernist, and Think or Swim, an in-depth biography of R. Buckminster Fuller. alastairgordonwalltowall.com

SAF Presents Louis Kahn Film and Lecture in December

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“If you think of Brick, you say to Brick, ‘What do you want, Brick?’ And Brick says to you, ‘I like an Arch.’ And if you say to Brick, ‘Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over you. What do you think of that, Brick?’ Brick says, ‘I like an Arch.’ And it’s important, you see, that you honor the material that you use. [..] You can only do it if you honor the brick and glorify the brick instead of shortchanging it.”
— Louis Kahn

Transcribed from the 2003 documentary “My Architect: A Son’s Journey”

Thursday, December 11, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 pm

SAF Film: My Architect – A Son’s Journey

Ringling College of Art + Design Academic Auditorium
2699 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

Join SAF for a FREE night at the movies – including popcorn! We’ll screen Nathaniel Kahn’s 2003 award-winning documentary about his father Louis Kahn (1901-1974), one of the twentieth century’s leading architects. Limited attendance. This is a FREE event, advance registration is recommended.
Click to register online
Questions: info@saf-srq.org, 941-364-2199

Thank You to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for sponsoring SAF’s 2014 – 2015 Lecture + Film Series and to the Ringling College of Art + Design for providing tonight’s venue.

Click to download the Ringling College Campus Map.
This map is helpful if you haven’t been to Ringling College’s auditorium before.

Film Runtime: 110 minutes; Director: Nathaniel Kahn; Writer: Nathaniel Kahn
Soundtrack: Joseph Vitarelli; Photography Director: Karl Freund & Günther Rittau
Cast: Louis Kahn, Nathaniel Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Frank O. Gehry


Thursday, December 18, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 pm

SAF Lecture: Architect Louis Kahn
One of the Most Influential Architects of the Twentieth Century

Presentation by Robert (Bob) Cassway, AIA
Award-winning Architect and Fine Art Photographer

Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236

Join Bob Cassway, a student of architect Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, for a fascinating overview of Kahn’s revolutionary body of work, including the Yale University Art Gallery (1951, New Haven, Connecticut), Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1959, La Jolla‚ California)‚ the Kimbell Art Museum (1966, Fort Worth‚ Texas) and the National Assembly Building (1962, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

The presentation follows Kahn’s life from a small Estonian island to his family’s migration to Philadelphia and explores both his academic and architectural careers. Discover how Kahn’s projects influenced Paul Rudolph’s landmark building at Yale University, Paul Rudolph Hall (formerly the Art & Architecture Building), designed between 1958 and 1963 by Rudolph, who was then the chairman of the Department of Architecture.

Bob Cassway taught at the University of Michigan and Temple University and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as president of the AIA Philadelphia chapter and his current work includes housing for the elderly, public housing and the restoration of historic buildings. In his senior year, Bob was responsible for drafting the structural drawings for Kahn’s Richard’s Medical Research Laboratories (1957), one of the most important buildings on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

1.5 AIA CE LUs, through AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter, will be provided. Sign-up at the event.

5:30 pm Lecture and Q & A
7:00 pm Meet-and-Greet Reception

Advance reservations suggested. Click to Pay Online.
Admission
SAF Members: $10
Public: $15
Students: Free

RSVP and Mail check payable to SAF to: SAF Lecture, PO Box 2911, Sarasota FL 34230-2911
Pay at the Door, cash, check or credit card
Questions: info@saf-srq.org, 941-364-2199

Photo, top: Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1962, architect Louis Kahn, courtesy Architectural Archives, the University of Pennsylvania, photo by Rahman Khan.

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