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.