Architects Flock To Sarasota To Meet Others Who Best Blur The Lines

"Blurring The Lines of Architecture,'' a conference expected to again attract architects from across to the nation to Sarasota in April, is designed to demonstrate how designers successfully mix architecture with other industries.

The Sarasota Design Conference, presented by the American Institute of Architects Florida Gulfcoast Chapter, will be held at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency April 22-25.

The conference, held every two years (biannually), has been in Sarasota for approximately 20 years. It attracts architects and other building designers interested in blending art and architecture.

"We try to find designers who are up and coming to present," says Jedd W. Heap, project manager with Carlson Studio and member of the conference planning committee. "We've had big names present as well though, like Eric Owen Moss and Peter Eisenman who are star architects."

Speakers for this year's event include Peter Gluck, an architect and contractor; Ned Kahn, an artist who also practices architecture; and international Designer David Kahle.

The conference theme each year is designed to draw thinking "outside of the box," Heap says. "What these guys are doing is not your traditional format."

One of the new features for this year's conference is the Sarasota Architectural Tour. The open trolley tour will take participants through some of the Sarasota School of Architecture's iconic buildings, including historic architecture and some more contemporary designs.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Jedd W. Heap, Carlson Studio
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