The Sarasota Design Conference organized by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is a design-oriented conference held in Sarasota, Florida. The first Sarasota Design Conference was organized in 1988 with speakers Antoine Predock and Peter Eisenman. There were two other conferences until 2002, when it became a regular biennial event, attracting award-winning speakers from around the world.
The Conference aims to be motivational for both speakers and attendees. It has a history of featuring design-innovative speakers, both established and up-and-coming, who interact with guests in a casual setting, cultivating dialogue and learning
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The American Institute of Architects was created in 1857 by a group of architects in Washington, D.C. The goal of the first members was to have a place where members could meet for lectures, conventions and meetings. The original 13 have grown to over 200 chapters around the world representing over 95,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. AIA members adhere to a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that assures clients, the public and colleagues of their dedication to high standards in professional practice. Florida’s state association was formed in Jacksonville in 1912.
The AIA Florida Gulf Coast chapter is a non-profit membership corporation incorporated in the State of Florida on May 26th, 1964 and chartered by the Institute on January 18th, 1964, and represents over 150 members in Manatee, Sarasota, Highlands, Hardee, & Desoto counties.