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, 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 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.

Choose from three MOD Passes: VIP, Ultimate and Essential.
You can preview event descriptions below—then click to purchase ticket packages here.

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

VIP Pass – Not-yet Member price $950; Member price $850
Ultimate Pass – Not-yet Member price $625; Member price $550
Essential Pass – Not-yet Member price $300; Member price $250

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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@architecturesarasota.org


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


Sponsored by Russo Cartier Group

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


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

Sponsored by:

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 principle 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.

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


November 13, 2022

Symposium: Tropical Modernism

8:30am – 12:00pm

Education Partner:

Join a diverse group of preeminent scholars as they discuss a variety of issues focused on 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, they’ll explore topics from Africa to Asia to our own Gulf Coast of Florida.

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


November 13, 2022

Tropical Modernism Then & Now
Trolley Tour

1:30 – 4:30pm

Sponsored by:

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.