2022 MOD Weekend Logo

NOVEMBER 10 -13 2022

Welcome to MOD Weekend 2022!


In conjunction with our new exhibition, MOD Weekend 2022 is devoted to the subject of tropical modernism. The Sarasota School of Architecture practitioners, led by visionary Phillip Hiss, embodied the critical regional modern ethos that we have come to know as “tropical modernism”. MOD Weekend will explore examples from Sarasota and around the globe through a variety of tours, talks and events. We look forward to seeing you at 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 to take advantage of this Membership benefit or to learn more about Membership.

There are three MOD Passes available: VIP, Ultimate and Essential.
You can view the event descriptions below, and then click to purchase ticket packages here.

Interested in select events? Click each event button below to register today!

VIP Pass – Non-Member price $950; Member price $850
Ultimate Pass – Non-Member price $625; Member price $550
Essential Pass – Non-Member price $300; Member price $250


MOD Weekend Sponsors: Jane and Bill Knapp


10 November 2022

6:00pm VIP vernissage Tropical Modernism

Circle-level Members* and MOD VIP Pass holders 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@architecturesarasota.org


11 November 2022

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 design expert will lead you through an unforgettable tour, beginning with Sarasota School of Architecture practitioner Carl Abbott, who will talk about his Butterfield House, across the Bayou from Paul Rudolph’s Healy Guest House (aka “Cocoon House”). Single or double kayaks available.

Kayak $150/$250 Non-Member price $250/$150; Member price $225/$125


11 November 2022

Opening Party


Sponsored by Lisa Russo

Kick off MOD Weekend at the opening party in a prime example of urban tropical modernism and Sarasota School of Architecture icon, The McCulloch Pavilion. Designed by Joseph Farrell and William Rupp in 1959 for the Barkus Furniture Company showroom, the original Scott building is now the home of Architecture Sarasota. Experience the new exhibition, Tropical Modernism, peruse a great selection of books and design items in the Shop, enjoy delicious food, open bar and great music as we celebrate the launch of MOD Weekend 2022.

Opening Party – Non-Member price $125; Member price $100


12 November 2022

Yoga at Umbrella House


Start your morning by experiencing 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, the 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 Non-Member $40; Member $30


12 November 2022

Lido Shores Walking Tour


Sponsored by Michael Saunders & Co.

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, and gathered talent 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 new examples of subtropical living today.

Lido Shores Walking Tours – Non-Member price $100; Member price $75


12 November 2022

Max Strang Subtropic Reception and Book Signing


Join us in the Architecture Sarasota Shop for a book signing and reception with Max Strang, the principle of [STRANG], 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 SSA’s Gene Leedy and his intergenerational design influence on Max Strang. MOD pass holders will enjoy an additional 10% off all Shop merchandise during the event.


13 November 2022



Join a diverse group of preeminent scholars to discuss a variety of issues around the topic of Tropical Modernism. From the revival of ancient design practices, to cutting-edge technological solutions, to tropical design considerations in a range of ecological conditions around the globe, we’ll explore topics from Africa to Asia to our own Gulf Coast of Florida.

Symposium – Non-Member price $50; Member price $40


13 November 2022

Tropical Modernism Then & Now – Trolley Tour


Sponsored by Nautilus Homes

Join architects and experts as we tour 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 our local environment.