• 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

  • Christine Madrd French

    Christine Madrid French

    Christine Madrid French, an advocate for the study and preservation of American architecture, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Utah in Architectural Studies and worked for the National Park Service as an historian in Washington, D.C. Ms. French earned a master’s degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and worked as the Director of the Modernism Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in San Francisco. She is an Expert Member on the 20th-Century Heritage Committee for the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and teaches at the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Florida. MadridFrench.com

    Tim Seibert Legacy, Panel Moderator: The Midcentury Modern Phenomenon
    Saturday November 11
    8:00 am to 12 Noon
    Ringling College of Art + Design

  • Pamela L. Holladay, ASID

    Pamela Holladay is a Sarasota-based, licensed interior designer.

    After receiving her bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Florida in 1972, Holladay moved to Clearwater, FL, where she began her career working in an architectural firm. Since moving to Sarasota in 1974, she has been an active force in the area design community. Holladay’s approach is to harmonize interior and architectural design, always enhancing the architecture and never ignoring it. While her preference is for modernist design, her work spans a range of styles and backgrounds. She won first place in the North Florida Chapter of the 2001 ASID awards and was an adjunct faculty member in the interior design department at Ringling School of Art and Design from 1995 to 1999. Holladay is currently the interior designer at Seibert Architects.

    Sunday, November 12 from 10 am to 12 Noon, Rosemary District Walking Tour, Seibert Architects
    Sunday, November 12 from 1 to 4 pm, Seibert Siesta Key House on the Bay Tour

  • Samuel C. Holladay, AlA

    Samuel C. Holladay is the principal architect of Seibert Architects and a strong proponent of modernist design.

    Holladay received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 1971, and began his career with Seibert Architects in 1972. He became the firm’s president in 1994, after Tim Seibert retired. During that time, Holladay was involved in a host of projects, including residential design, land planning, schools, resorts and multifamily projects. He is a member of the AlA Gulfcoast Chapter, the Florida Association of the AlA and the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Holladay is a director with the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, a past member of the Florida State AlA’s board of directors, and past president of the Gulf Coast Heritage Association’s board of directors.

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday, November 11 from 1 to 4 pm, Trolley Tour #2: Seibert on the Gulf, Guide
    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

  • Lorrie Muldowney, AICP, Assoc. AIA

    Lorrie Muldowney is a historic preservation consultant practicing out of Sarasota. She has served as a consultant to communities around the state conducting cultural resources assessment surveys, preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and evaluating projects for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for historical rehabilitation. Muldowney is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. She has written articles on Sarasota’s modernist movement for various publications, including Modernism Magazine and Reflections. She also wrote the introduction to Andrew Weaving’s 2006 book, Sarasota Modern. Muldowney serves on the board of directors for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the advisory board for the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, and is an ex-officio director of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation.

    Muldowney received her Master of Science degree in architectural studies (historic preservation) in 1999 from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in 1992. She taught historic preservation in the graduate program at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning and undergraduate classes in historic preservation at Eckerd College.

    MOD 2017 Event
    Saturday, November 11 from 8am to 12 Noon, Seibert Legacy at Ringling College of Art + Design

  • Christopher Wilson MOD 2017

    Christopher Wilson, BArch, MA, PhD

    Dr. Christopher S. Wilson teaches architecture and design history at Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation since 2012 and currently serves as board chair.

    Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree from The Architectural Association, London, England, and a Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Before entering the world of academia, Wilson worked as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

    His most recent book, Beyond Anitkabir: The Construction and Maintenance of National Memory (Ashgate Press, 2013), narrates the story of the five architectural constructions that have housed the dead body of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. Wilson is currently writing the Sarasota chapter in a monograph on the life and work of Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy, to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2018.

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday November 11, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm,  Trolley Tour #1: Seibert on the Gulf, Guide
    Sunday November 12, 2017, from 10 am to 12 Noon, Rosemary District Walking Tour, Guide

  • Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA

    Joyce Owens is a Ft. Myers-based architect, speaker, columnist and architectural critic. After graduating from Notre Dame University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1984, Owens established a London-based practice and relocated to southwest Florida in 2004. Her architectural practices in the United Kingdom and the United States have garnered international attention for their award-winning buildings and site-sensitive designs.

    She currently serves as the AIA Florida’s 2017 President and has been the AIA Florida State Director since 2011. In 2010, she served as President of AIA Florida Southwest and received the AIA Florida Chapter Pullara Award. She is also a 2011 recipient of AIA Florida Southwest’s highest recognition, the W.R. Frizzell Award, for making a profound impact on the architectural profession and the community. In 2013, Owens received the AIA Florida Southwest Individual Honor Award for continued contributions to the profession and chapter. She is a current member of the AIA Florida Southwest Board of Directors.

    She serves as a trustee of the Florida Foundation for Architecture and was the 2014 vice president. Her London practice, Azman Owens Architects, was named one of the 13 Top Emerging Architectural Practices in the UK by Architectural Review in April 2000.

    She is a prominent speaker at conferences and symposiums sponsored by the Sarasota Architecture Foundation and the Miromar Design Center. She has also spoken at events sponsored by the Architecture Foundation, Edinburgh & Cambridge University and the Royal Institute of British Architects Headquarters.

    Owens is a columnist for USA Today’s 10Best and also writes the “Architect About Town” column for the Fort Myers News-Press. In 2011, Owens curated the exhibit “SWFL MCMO: Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida” at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.


    MOD 2017 Events
    Saturday, November 11 from 8 am to 12 Noon, Seibert Legacy at Ringling College of Art + Design, Conversation with Tim Seibert and Panelist

  • Tim Rohan

    Timothy M. Rohan

    Timothy M. Rohan is an architectural historian and associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is presently a fellow at the Newhouse Center at Wellesley College. Rohan has a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Harvard University. He was the first scholar to examine Paul Rudolph’s papers and he helped organize the Paul Rudolph Archive at the Library of Congress. He has published articles on diverse subjects in leading journals, such as Grey Room, Casabella, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and CLOG. He curated the exhibition “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven” for the rededication of Rudolph’s Yale Art & Architecture Building in 2008. His book, The Architecture of Paul Rudolph (Yale University Press, 2014) is the first book about one of the most important modernist architects of the late twentieth-century. He is working on a new book about experimental Manhattan domestic interiors from 1965 to 1985.

  • Tim Seibert

    Edward J. “Tim” Seibert, FAIA

    Edward J. “Tim” Seibert is the retired founder and principal architect of Seibert Architects. The Sarasota region abounds with examples of his bold, midcentury modernist design.

    Seibert earned his degree in architecture from the University of Florida in 1953. He began his career as draftsman in the Sarasota office of Paul Rudolph, a premier conceptualist of the Sarasota School of Architecture, which won this region international recognition in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1955, Seibert opened his own office in Sarasota, naming it Seibert Architects PA.

    In May 1998, Seibert was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, for being “nationally recognized as a leader in the Sarasota School of Architecture and for his commitment to architecture as an art in consistently provocative and elegant design solutions.” In 1999, Seibert was awarded the AIA “Test of Time” award for the John D. MacDonald house on Siesta Key. He had previously received the AIA’s highest Florida Award, the “Florida Award of Honor for Design,” and also the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the University of Florida School of Architecture in 1994. Seibert retired in 1995 and lives in Boca Grande, FL.

    In 1994, Seibert passed the leadership of his firm to Samuel C. Holladay, AIA, who became its new principal and owner. However, Seibert maintains a close relationship with the firm’s “third generation” of architects practicing in the Sarasota School tradition. “My interest in the ongoing appreciation of a design tradition so well suited to Florida’s environment continues,” he says. “It is a great satisfaction for me to know that our Sarasota School tradition is alive and well, currently enjoying a significant resurgence of recognition here and across the country.”

    SAF will present Mr. Seibert with the Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOD 2017 Opening Party at the Hiss Studio on Friday night. An exhibition of his award-winning yacht designs and models along with photos of his architectural legacy will be on display at the Blue Pagoda building during MOD Weekend.

  • Carl Abbott SarasotaMOD

    Carl Abbott, FAIA

    Carl Abbott is an original practitioner of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Over the four decades of his Sarasota practice, Abbott has adapted the thinking behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture to designs appropriate to the subtropics. He is the honorary chairman of SarasotaMOD Weekend.

    After studying under Paul Rudolph at Yale University, Abbott received his master’s degree in architecture in 1962. After beginning his practice in Hawaii, he went on to work with I.M. Pei in New York City, and was an original member of TEAM4 in London with his Yale classmates, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. In the 1960s, Abbott opened his firm in Sarasota, where he soon became a recognized exponent of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

    Abbott’s design has a modern yet timeless quality. He is strongly informed by the sacred architecture of the ancient Egyptians and Maya—the manner in which their designs responded to the land and the movements of sun and stars. He feels strongly that architecture and nature shape our lives.

    Abbott has been actively involved in the Sarasota Architectural Foundation since its start in 2001. He is a Distinguished Architectural Alumnus at the University of Florida and has lectured and taught in Europe and throughout the United States at such venues as the World Monuments Fund, Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, the Paul Rudolph Foundation, Docomomo International, Yale University and Harvard University. Abbott’s survey of his work, In/Formed by the Land: The Architecture of Carl Abbott FAIA, was published in 2012, and accompanied by a critically acclaimed exhibit at Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design that same year.

    Abbott is one of the most highly awarded architects in the Florida/Caribbean region. His regional recognitions include a host of AIA Florida awards, including the Medal of Honor for Design, the Architectural Firm Honor Award, and the greatest number of Test of Time Awards ever presented for “architectural designs of enduring significance.” On the national level, Abbott was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He also received Millennium Magazine’s Millennium Award as “one of the outstanding architects of the 20th century.” Abbott continues to design new projects and deliberately keeps his firm small to allow for close personal involvement. He is also working with National Geographic Archeologists at ancient sites in the Yucatan to decipher the spatial genius of the Maya.

    MOD 2017 Events:
    Saturday, November 11 from 8 am to 12 Noon, Seibert Legacy at Ringling College, Panelist
    Saturday, November 11 from 1 to 3 pm, Hiss Studio House Tour
    Sunday, November 12 from 1 to 3 pm, Hiss Studio House Tour