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Sarasota MOD Weekend 2023

Victor Lundy, Technological Innovation, & Neo-Expressionist Architecture at Mid-20th Century
November 2-5, 2023

Sarasota MOD Weekend 2022 – November 10-13


In conjunction with our new exhibition, Sarasota MOD Weekend 2022 is devoted to the subject of tropical modernism, in which climate elements such as light, heat and humidity inform key decisions in building design. The Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners, led by visionary Phillip Hiss, embodied this critical regional modern ethos that we have come to know as “tropical modernism.” MOD Weekend will explore examples from Sarasota and from around the globe through a variety of tours, talks and events. We look forward to welcoming you at Sarasota MOD Weekend 2022!

MOD Weekend Passes and individual tickets to events are now available. Current Members receive special pricing for all passes and events. Not yet a Member? Please see our Membership page to join today and take advantage of this Membership benefit or to learn more about Membership options.

Individual event tickets are available.

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Passes are still available on a limited basis. 

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November 10, 2022

VIP vernissage: Tropical Modernism exhibition
6pm – 7:30pm

Circle-level Members* and MOD VIP Passholders are invited to join us for a special preview of the exhibition Tropical Modernism, and to meet our special guests, the MOD Tropical Modernism Symposium scholars. The Shop will be stocked with a wide range of books and items related to the exhibition, in addition to our regular collection of design classics, architecture publications, fun kids items, rare books and more. VIP Pass holders will receive 10% off all items in the Shop through the weekend. Champagne and hors d’oeuvre will be served.

*To learn more about Circle Level Memberships, please visit www.architecturesarasota.org/membership or email info@


November 11, 2022

Siesta Key Kayak Tours

9:30am & 1:00pm

Architecture and nature lovers rejoice! There is no better way to view architecture in a coastal environment than from the unique vantage point of the water. A nature guide and a design expert will lead you through an unforgettable tour, beginning with remarks by Sarasota School of Architecture practitioner Carl Abbott, who will talk about his Butterfield House, situated across the Bayou from Paul Rudolph’s Healy Guest House (aka “Cocoon House”). Single or double kayaks available.

Single kayak: Member price $125.  Not-yet Member price $150.

Double kayak: Member price $225. Not-yet Member price $250.


November 11, 2022

Opening Party: Bay Breezes at Ca’ d’Zan


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Kick off MOD Weekend at the opening party at Ringling Museum’s Ca’d’Zan, designed by architect James Baum and completed in 1926. Enjoy a splendid sunset with cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvre, open bar and great music as we celebrate the launch of MOD Weekend 2022.

Opening Party – Not-yet Member $125; Member $100


November 12, 2022

Healy Guest House & Revere Quality House Trolley Tour

8:30am & 10:30am

Visit two of the most pristine Sarasota School of Architecture structures in town: the “Healy Guest House” (aka Cocoon House), 1950, and the “Revere Quality House,” 1948, both designed by architects Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph. You will be guided through these privately owned, meticulously restored homes by a local architect who is well-versed in the Sarasota School of Architecture movement.

Siesta Key Trolley Not-yet Member $100; Member $75


November 12, 2022

Yoga Under the Umbrella


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Start your morning with a rare opportunity to salute the sun at Paul Rudolph’s iconic Umbrella House. Named after the dominant feature that is used to shade the structure from the intense Florida sun, this home is one of the most celebrated residential structures in the United States and is a prime example of tropical modernism here on the Gulf Coast. All levels are welcome for this architecture and movement integrated program.

Yoga Not-yet Member $40; Member $30


November 12, 2022

Tropical Living, Sarasota Style
Lido Shores Walking Tour

1:00 – 4:00pm

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Tour Sarasota’s original “tropical modern” neighborhood, where the Sarasota School of Architecture began. Designer and developer Phillip Hiss brought ideas from around the world, gathering talent here in Sarasota, to create one of the most important experiments in residential modern living in the United States. You will be able to view both iconic Sarasota School of Architecture homes and contemporary examples of subtropical living today.

Lido Shores Walking Tours – Not-yet Member $100; Member $75


November 12, 2022

Max Strang: Subtropic
Reception and Book Signing


Join us in The Shop at Architecture Sarasota’s McCulloch Pavilion for a book signing and reception with Max Strang, founding principal of [STRANG] Design, in celebration of the firm’s new publication Subtropic. The monograph chronicles the firm’s work since the publication of Environmental Modernism and includes a special section on the Sarasota School of Architecture’s Gene Leedy and his intergenerational design influence on Max Strang. MOD passholders will enjoy an additional 10% off all Shop merchandise purchased during the event. Wine, beer and light bites will be served.

Symposium speakers will also be in attendance and their publications will be available for purchase and signing.

Reception and Book Signing – Not-yet Members $50  Members $40 Complimentary for MOD Passholders


November 13, 2022

Tropical Modernism: Climate & Design

8:30am – 12:00pm

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Why does architecture look the way it does? What drives design decisions?

Moderator Morris Hylton III will lead our symposium participants in examining these central questions. Hylton’s own work focuses on adaptive strategies for historic properties as they are increasingly challenged by climate change and thus offers important insight into design practices and their viability in a changing world. Dr. Daniel Barber’s talk on thermal practices will look at architecture in the tropics before and after the arrival of air conditioning, with examples from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Florida and West Africa. Dr. Vandana Baweja will explore the ways in which vernacular architecture was appropriated by colonial powers to establish the ideals of tropical modernist architecture.  Robert Rubin will share his tale of rescuing Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale from the Brazzaville jungle to establishing its current home in Paris at the Centre Pompidou. Dr. Sonia Chao will chronicle the long-established design conversation between Florida and Cuba, with special focus on Arthur Browning Parker, Nicolas Quintana, Mario Romañach and Paul Rudolph. Dr. Christopher Wilson will demonstrate how our own Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners embodied a form of critical regional tropical modernism that went on to span the globe. Throughout all of the talks, we’ll see a wide range of “tropical modernisms,” and learn more about how humans have lived and adapted to the challenges of living in the “torrid zone.”

Speakers: Daniel A. Barber, Vandana Baweja, Sonia Chao, Robert Rubin, Christopher Wilson
Moderator: Morris Hylton III

Symposium – Not-yet Member $50; Member $40


November 13, 2022

Tropical Modernism: Then & Now
Trolley Tour

1:30 – 4:30pm

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Join architects and experts as we tour some of Sarasota’s best examples of civic, commercial and residential tropical modernism. Experience well-known public structures, iconic masterpieces from the Sarasota School and beyond, as well as prime examples of vernacular design adapted to climate challenges in our local environment.



Special rates for The Sarasota Modern

Our hotel sponsor, The Sarasota Modern, is offering Sarasota MOD Weekend guests a special rate of $229/night between November 9 through November 16. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please click the button below to book your stay.