• Selma Göker Wilson

    Selma Göker Wilson, International Assoc. AIA, RIBA, TMMOB

    Selma Göker Wilson has a truly international background having lived in Turkey, Japan, Syria and UK. She trained as an architect in the United Kingdom and is licensed both in the UK and Turkey. Over the past 25 years Göker Wilson has worked on projects ranging in scale from private homes to opera houses, with a particular specialization in performance buildings. She has practiced professionally in Tokyo, Japan; London, UK; Ankara, Turkey, and more recently, in Sarasota where she has worked with Solstice Planning and Architecture. She spearheaded Solstice’s projects for the renovation of the Paul Rudolph-designed Sarasota High School Addition, the renovation of the Van Wezel Concert Hall, the development and design of the St. Armands Parking Garage and Rosemary Square, currently under construction in the Rosemary District.

    Göker Wilson believes that practicing architecture is enhanced by academic involvement. To this end she has over 6 years teaching
    experience at university level where she has taught studio design as well as developing a professional practice course and an elective on performance buildings. Göker Wilson also has various articles published in journals in Turkey and Japan.

    MOD 2017 Events
    Saturday and Sunday, Lido Shores House Tour, Low Tide House

    Sunday, Rosemary District Walking Tour, Solstice Architects

  • Todd Sweet, AIA

    The original founder of Sweet Sparkman Architects, Todd was born and raised in the northeast where he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University. Todd spent his internship at Arquitectonica in Miami, Florida where he worked on projects throughout Europe, South America and the United States. In 2002, Todd started the firm TOTeMS Architecture (the original firm name). In 2004 he partnered with Jerry Sparkman to form Sweet Sparkman Architects. The firm has built a national reputation for design excellence and has recently been asked to participate in La Venice Biennale; a bi-annual architecture exhibit in Venice, Italy. In his 20 years of practice, Todd has enjoyed the study of simple building volumes and the exploitation of materials in an unconventional fashion. Civic planning/architecture are Todd’s award-winning specialty.

    Todd enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and running. Always quick with a witty comeback and a sharp dresser to boot, he remains our fearless leader. SweetSparkman.com

    MOD 2017 Event:
    Sunday, Rosemary District Walking Tour, BOTA Center

  • Joe Kelly, AIA, NCARB

    Joe Kelly, AIA, NCARB

    Joe Kelly, AIA, NCARB is a lifelong Florida resident who grew up in Treasure Island, Florida – 40 minutes North of Sarasota. Since his birth, he has been surrounded by creativity, art, and design. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida from a graphic designer father, and mother who single handedly managed numerous successful real estate investments for overseas clients, Joe used to spend hours in his dad’s design studio, watching him draw, mix colors, paint, design logos, and develop countless corporate identities. Joe and his father also shared the common passion for designing and racing cars. They built their own sprint and enduro Karts from the ground up that they raced locally and nationally across the country, winning multiple championships throughout his racing career. As a teenager, Joe was introduced to architecture by his best friend’s father, a local residential architect, that sparked his interest in building design and the built environment.

    Joe received his Bachelor of Design Degree with honors in 2001 and went on to earn a Master of Architecture Degree with high honors in 2003. Throughout his 6 years at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Joe received numerous design awards and scholarships. Most notably, he received a Design Achievement Award in 2001 for his first year graduate design studio sequence, an Academic Excellence Award for a graduate thesis project in 2002, and was a nominee for the SOM Traveling Fellowship.

    Professionally, Joe began his career working for Guy Peterson, FAIA in 2004, where he served as Project Architect on numerous award winning residential projects. Over the next 12 years, he specialized in coastal houses and state permitting, and has completed projects on Longboat Key, Lido Shores, Siesta Key, Casey Key, and Palm Island. Joe left his position in 2016 to launch and serve as Principal Architect at Hive Architects Inc.

    Hive Architects.com

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday and Sunday, Lido Shores House Tours – Barzman Residence
    Sunday, Rosemary District Walking Tour

  • Gwen Kelly, AIA

    Gwen Kelly, AIA

    Gwen Leroy-Kelly, AIA, was born and raised in France, before moving to Florida at the age of 19 to learn English at St. Petersburg College, attending the English as Second Language Program. She then enrolled in the pre-veterinarian program where she met Joe Kelly, when they were partners in Chemistry Lab. After obtaining their Associate of Arts degrees, they both relocated to Gainesville to enroll in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning at the University of Florida. Gwen went on to receive the International Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement by an International Student and the Harvard Jolly Clees Toppe Scholarship – endowed Scholarship for incoming graduate student. Gwen received her Master of Architecture degree with high Honors from the University of Florida in 2003.

    Gwen joined Sweet-Sparkman Architects in 2005 located in Sarasota, Florida where the focus of her work was public and private commercial projects. She worked as a Project Manager for many municipal projects that included Sarasota County Beach Pavilions such as Casperson Beach and South Lido Park, Fire Station No. 12 on Bee Ridge Road and Fire Station No.17 on Desoto Road near The Mall at UTC, the Selby Library Teen Center, and the Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Library on MLK Blvd. She also served as Associate Director for AIA Gulf Coast Chapter in 2006.

    In 2016, after 11 successful years at Sweet-Sparkman Architects, Gwen joined Joe Kelly, AIA at Hive Architects Inc. to serve as a Principal and Partner. With her commercial background and expertise, she is broadening the firm’s experience level, which allows Hive Architects to pursue a broader range of commissions. Combined, Joe and Gwen have many years of professional experience in architectural practice, including residential architecture, coastal houses and state permitting, historic preservation, and private, civic, and commercial projects.

    HiveArchitects.com

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday and Sunday Lido Shores House Tour – Barzman Residence
    Sunday Rosemary District Walking Tour, BOTA Center Speaker

  • Greg Hall

    Gregory Hall, AIA, LEED AP

    Gregory Hall founded Hall Architects in the fall of 2003 after a career in medium and large multi-disciplinary offices in northeast and southwest Florida. Mr. Hall received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Florida and has over 25 years experience as a licensed architect. During this period he has worked on a full range of project types for public and private sector clients on projects that include custom residential, museums, international airports, festival marketplaces, educational facilities, university buildings, town centers, medium-rise commercial towers, and corporate campuses. Over 50 of these projects have received awards for their design.

    Prior to relocating to Sarasota, Mr. Hall held faculty positions at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction, and Planning as well as the Preservation Institute: Nantucket where he taught courses in architecture, interior design and historic preservation. He was twice recognized as the College’s Teacher of the Year.

    As a professional architect, Mr. Hall has experience in all phases of the building and design process; from space-need determination and site evaluation, to planning, design, contract document preparation, and construction administration. He is recognized as an expert in the problems and practices that accompany working with historic buildings.

    In his free time, Greg enjoys cooking with his wife and joining his boys at sporting events and on scouting trips. He is a wiz at math and science and confirmed to be “Smarter than a Sixth Grader”. HallArchitects.com

  • Pat Ball

    Pat Ball

    Pat Ball, a third generation native Floridian, founded Ball Construction in 1974. He’s built a reputation, in 45 years of building, of doing quality work for such noted firms as Carl Abbott Architects and Planners, Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and Seibert Architects. Over the course of his professional career, Pat has cultivated close ties with key area institutions such as the Historical Society of Sarasota County and has also cultivated friendships and productive working relationships with the area’s best architects, engineers and subcontractors.

    The guiding principle for Ball Construction is to build or remodel a unique custom home for the discerning client, while maintaining the highest commitment to skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail. In achieving this standard the company has been involved in new residential and commercial construction, remodeling with additions and historic preservation of premier locations in Sarasota and surrounding counties for forty years. A few of Pat’s most notable projects include the restoration of John Ringling’s Ca d’Zan mansion, the restoration of the Guptill House at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, and, in the past year, the restoration of the 1949 Paul Rudolph/Ralph Twitchell-designed Revere Quality House on Siesta Key.

    In 2007, Pat was awarded the AIA Florida Mellen C. Greeley Craftsman Award, which honors contractors who have displayed outstanding craftsmanship in architect-led projects.

  • Jourdona LaFate

    Jourdona LaFate, AIA

    Jourdona has a Master’s degree in both Construction Administration and Architecture from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, Jourdona was awarded the Florida AIA Bronze Medal and the Architecture MRP Design Honor Award for her academic achievement in the the study of architecture and work on her Master’s Research Project. She was awarded 1st place for her submission to the AIA-AARP Livable Communities National Student Competition. These accomplishments are not surprising for a lady who built her first model, at home, on the bathroom floor using only q-tips when she was five years old.

    Prior to joining the team at Sweet Sparkman Architects, Jourdona worked for The Haskell Company, an international ​design build firm, where she worked on site as an assistant project manager. When Jourdona is not producing beautifully detailed drawings, she likes to golf and play the piano, but above all else she loves to eat.

    MOD 2017 Event: Lido Shores “Strandhus” House Tour, November 11 and November 12 from 1 to 4 pm

  • John McCarthy

    John McCarthy

    John McCarthy is the Executive Director at Gulf Coast Heritage Association – Historic Spanish Point. A native Floridian, John has a deep appreciation for the state’s communities, heritage and natural systems. In addition to his work at Historic Spanish Point, John shares his knowledge of Sarasota and Florida through writing, programs and tours. John has served as the President of the Historical Society of Sarasota County and the Florida Recreation and Parks Association Foundation. Prior to his current role, John was involved with SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence) and also worked at the Sarasota County Government. During his 33-year career, he served as County Historian, Environmental Specialist and Director of Parks and Recreation. John’s interests include local history, cycling, kayaking, storytelling and woodworking.

  • Harold Bubil

    Harold Bubil

    Born in Newport, RI, Bubil moved with his family to Sarasota in 1958. After graduating from Sarasota High School in 1970, Bubil went on to study at the University of Florida, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1974. He writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and the history of local development for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bubil is also a photographer and public speaker and winner of the 2015 AIA-Florida Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award.

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday, November 11 from 1 to 4 pm, Trolley Tour #2: Sarasota Architecture Sights, Guide
    Sunday, November 12 from 1 to 4 pm, Trolley Tour #4: Sarasota Architecture Sights, Guide

  • Michael Epstein, AIA

    Michael Epstein is on the architectural design team at Seibert Architects in Sarasota. He is a contemporary advocate of modernist design principles.

    Epstein was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. In 1986, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana. Later that year, he became a practicing architect in Sarasota. He has been with Seibert Architects since 1990. Epstein’s range of projects include schools, resort facilities, restaurants, office and commercial buildings, churches, multi-family dwellings and private residences. His design philosophy reveals the profound impact of the early work of Seibert Architects, and other luminaries of the Sarasota School of mid-century modernist design. Epstein’s architecture celebrates the interplay of solid and void, the relationship between indoor and outdoor space, and the sculptural and expressive qualities of form. His work focuses on shaping the experience of the user; his style seeks out the magical moments created by the interplay of light, form and surface. The result is an articulate architecture, designed for a human scale, and utilizing the bold, powerful, abstract forms of modernist expression.

    Epstein has been a guest juror for the University of Florida School of Architecture, Graduate Design Program. His projects have been showcased in a host of publications. Epstein’s work has earned Seibert Architects six AIA design awards over the past few years.

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday November 11 from 8 am to 12 Noon – Panelist, Ringling College
    Sunday, November 12 from 10 am to 12 Noon, Rosemary District Walking Tour, Seibert Architects
    Sunday, November 12 from 1 to 4 pm, Trolley Tour #3 Seibert Then and Now, Guide

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