Tim Seibert

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Edward John "Tim" Seibert
Born(1928-02-06)February 6, 1928
DiedDecember 2, 2018(2018-12-02) (aged 91)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materStanford University
University of Florida
B.A. Design (Architecture)
OccupationArchitect (FAIA)
AwardsAIA College of Fellows, AIA Test of Time Award, AIA Award of Excellence, SAF Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Florida Citation of Merit, University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Award
PracticePaul Rudolph Architects
Seibert Architects
BuildingsHiss Studio
Bayport Beach and Tennis Club, Bay Plaza
Beachplace
Inn on the Beach
Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Lido Beach Pavilion
MacDonald House
Cooney House
Mitchell House
Seibert House
Websiteseibertarchitects.com

Edward John "Tim" Seibert (September 27, 1927—December 2, 2018) was an architect based in Sarasota, Florida. Seibert was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and one of the founders of the modern movement known as the Sarasota School of Architecture.[1][2][3][4]

Personal life and career[edit]

Hiss Studio (Tim Seibert, Architect, FAIA)
Siesta Key Beach Pavilion Sign (Honoring Tim Seibert)

Seibert was born in Seattle, Washington on September 27, 1927, to Lt. Commander Edward C. and Elizabeth Seibert. His naval officer father was a civil engineer, and designed naval bases in the years prior to World War II. The family was stationed in Hawaii during Seibert's adolescence. His parents were artists and intellectuals. He was home-schooled and was raised speaking Chaucerian English. In 1942, when his father retired from the service, the family moved to Sarasota, Florida.

One of the interests that Seibert inherited from his father was sailing. They shared their interest in sailing together, and Seibert followed his father into the U.S. Navy during and shortly after World War II. Post-war, he attended Stanford University to study art, but transferred to the University of Florida to study architecture.

As a new graduate, Seibert apprenticed in the office of architect Paul Rudolph in Sarasota.[5] There, he was exposed to Rudolph's design philosophy and architectural approach. Seibert once recalled Rudolph jotting a harsh remark on one of his early drawings.[6] Seibert acknowledged that while such criticism was painful, he became a far better architect because of it. He and Rudolph ultimately became close friends.[7]

One of Seibert's first architectural projects was for Philip Hiss, a Sarasota real estate developer (Hiss Studio, designed in 1953). It was one of the first homes in Florida designed to accommodate air conditioning.[8][9][10]

Seibert's house, located on an inlet of Siesta Key, was a small-scale crucible for his future designs, featuring many of the same elements. Both the Seibert House and Hiss Studio were recognized by the American Institute of Architects as examples of extraordinary design, earning the 25 year AIA Test of Time Award.[11][12]

In 1955, Seibert opened his own architecture firm, Seibert Architects. There he met some of his 'Sarasota School' peers, such as Gene Leedy and Victor Lundy. Their shared vision of 'clarity of concept (geometry)' and 'honest use of materials' helped define the modern movement known as the Sarasota School of Architecture.[13][14][15]

Over the next forty years, Seibert designed hundreds of structures, both residential and commercial, along Sarasota's gulf coast. His work with Arvida Development Corporation on Longboat Key resulted in the construction of buildings such as Far Horizons, Avenue of the Flowers, Beachplace Condominiums, Bayport Beach and Tennis Club, Inn on the Beach,[17] and Sunset Place. At one point, Longboat Key city officials were certain that Seibert was involved in eighty percent of the development of the island.[18]

Other local work includes the Bay Plaza Condominium[19] and additions to the Field Club in Sarasota, Craig Residence,[20] Mitchell House,[21][22][23] Godfrey House,[24] Dickerson Residence,[25] 339-361 St. Armands Circle (Shopping District),[26] Siesta Key Beach Pavilion,[27] as well as the Siesta Key home of author John D. MacDonald.[28][29] Examples of his coastal work also extend beyond Florida to Georgia (Skidaway Island), South Carolina (Seabrook Island), Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Australia (Lilian Bosch Residence).

Notable career achievements[edit]

Seibert was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1998, and he served as State Director and Gulf Coast Chapter president for the AIA. He won numerous professional awards for his innovative designs, including ‘’AIA Test of Time Awards’’ awards for the MacDonald Residence (1999), Cooney House (2001), Bayport Condominium (2006), Cichon/Mitchell House (2006 and 2016), Beach Pavilion (Siesta Key). Seibert received the AIA Award of Excellence for Lighthouse Point, Ringling Towers, and Inn on the Beach in 1985,[30] and the MacDonald and Thyne-Swain Residences with the Award of Merit in 1972 and 1958. In 1961, Architectural Record gave Seibert their ‘’Award for Architectural Excellence’’ (Mitchell House).[31]

The University of Florida School of Architecture awarded Seibert with its ‘’Citation of Merit’’ in 1964 for his outstanding service to architectural education. Thirty years later, in 1994, he received their ‘’Distinguished Alumni Award’’. Seibert was a member of the University of Florida President’s Council and served on the College of Architecture campaign committee in 1997.[32] All of Seibert's drawings, photographs, project records and other papers are archived in the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.[33]

Seibert was awarded the Sarasota Architectural Foundation ‘’Lifetime Achievement Award’’ in 2017[34] and the American Jewish Committee’s ‘’Civic Achievement Award’’ in (2006).[35]

In November 2017, the Center for Architecture Sarasota held a special exhibit of Tim Seibert's work including archival photos, renderings and drawings by University of Florida Graduate School of Architecture Students An Evaluation and Exploration of Tim Seibert's Life Works.[36] He was also honored by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation with a three-day celebration and tour of his architecture for their fourth annual MOD Weekend.[37][38]

Accomplished sailor and award-winning boat designer[edit]

Seibert was also a competitive sailor, as well as award-winning boat designer. As a young boy, he learned the fine points of sailing from his father. Seibert raced competitively throughout the 1950s and 60s, including several Southern Ocean Racing Conference events from St. Petersburg, Florida to Havana, Cuba. He designed and built his own sloop, Annie-T in 1972. He was one of the founding members of the Boca Grande Yacht Club in 1996, and served as its Commodore from 1998-99.[39]

As a retired architect, he created several award-winning sailboat designs, winning first place in the annual UK Classic Boat Magazine international design competition three times (2005, 2008, and 2012).[40]

Documentaries, architectural publications, and bibliography[edit]

Seibert has been the subject of two architectural documentaries. In 2001, the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota produced An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture profiling the modern architecture movement in Sarasota, featuring interviews with architects Victor Lundy, Gene Leedy, Tim Seibert, Jack West, and Carl Abbott. In 2014, Seibert was the subject of a documentary by independent filmmaker Larry Reinebach, entitled The Seibert Effect where Seibert's work and its continuing influence on the Sarasota area is contemplated by the architect, historians, and peers.[41]

In 2014, the Tokyo Broadcasting System (BS-TBS) featured Seibert's Hiss Studio on their architectural television series ONE X TIME - The World Architecture.[42]

Seibert's structures were featured in dozens of periodicals and trade journals, including Life Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, American Home, McCall’s, Dwell,[43] and Architectural Record.

The following architectural resource books feature the work of architect Tim Seibert:

  • Weaving, Andrew. Sarasota Modern. Rizzoli New York. pp. 56–65. ISBN 9780847828722.
  • Hochstim, Jan. Florida Modern : Residential Architecture 1945-1970. Rizzoli New York. pp. 170–179. ISBN 0847826031.
  • Howey, John (1995). The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941 - 1966. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 209. ISBN 0262082403.
  • Wagner Jr., Walter (1976). Great Houses. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Weaving, Andrew (2005). The Home Modernized. London Jacqui Small LLP.
  • McClintock, Mike (January 1989). Alternative Housebuilding. Sterling Publishing. p. 384. ISBN 978-0806969954.
  • Haase, Ronald W. (1992). Classic Cracker. Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press. p. 112. ISBN 9781561640133.

Selected work[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bubil, Harold (December 2, 2018). "Seibert was a lion of Sarasota architecture". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Sarasota Herald Tribune.
  2. ^ Lederer, Philip (December 5, 2018). "Remembering an icon: Edward J 'Tim' Seibert". SRQ Magazine. SRQ.
  3. ^ Howey, John (1995). The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941 - 1966. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 209. ISBN 0262082403.
  4. ^ "Sarasota exhibit spotlights architecture of region" (PDF). Architectural Record. Architectural Record. December 1957.
  5. ^ "Architects Seibert and Abbott: The Sarasota School of Architecture". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  6. ^ Bubil, Harold (December 2, 2018). "Seibert was a lion of Sarasota architecture". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. GateHouse Media.
  7. ^ Bess, Mary (November 30, 2018). "Seibert remembers the peripatetic Paul Rudolph". Boca Beacon/SandPaper. Boca (Grande) Beacon.
  8. ^ "An American Legacy: Sarasota School of Architecture". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  9. ^ "Hiss Studio - Sarasota School of Architecture". Sarasota Modern. SarasotaModernArchitecture.org.
  10. ^ "Hiss Studio". Dwell Magazine. Dwell Magazine. November 2017.
  11. ^ Weaving, Andrew. Sarasota Modern. Rizzoli New York. pp. 56–65. ISBN 9780847828722.
  12. ^ Hochstim, Jan. Florida Modern : Residential Architecture 1945-1970. Rizzoli New York. pp. 170–179. ISBN 0847826031.
  13. ^ Bubil, Harold (December 9, 2018). "The lasting impact of Sarasota architect Tim Seibert". NewGate Media. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
  14. ^ Bruno, Debra. "Sarasota Through the Eyes of One of its Most Outspoken Architects". CityLab. Atlantic Monthly Group.
  15. ^ "Sarasota Retrospect" (PDF). Florida Architect. Florida Architect. October 1976.
  16. ^ "The Seibert Effect". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  17. ^ "Architect Tim Seibert's Bay Plaza and Inn on the Beach". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  18. ^ Johns, Katie (December 5, 2018). "Architect Tim Seibert left input on Longboat Key, Florida". Longboat Observer. Observer Media Group.
  19. ^ "Bay Plaza". Bay Plaza. HOA Websites. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  20. ^ "Craig Residence". Sarasota History Alive. City of Sarasota.
  21. ^ "Special Edition - Twenty Of The Year's Finest Architect-Designed Houses: An Architect Gives Style To A Budget Builder House" (PDF). Architectural Record. Architectural Record. May 1961.
  22. ^ Weaving, Andrew. Sarasota Modern. Rizzoli New York. pp. 150–165. ISBN 9780847828722.
  23. ^ Denton, Ilene (January 5, 2015). "Go Inside a Restored Sarasota School of Architecture Home". Sarasota Magazine. Sarasota Magazine.
  24. ^ "Five Zone House With Much Style For $26,000" (PDF). Architectural Record. Architectural Record. April 1961.
  25. ^ "Dickerson Residence". Sarasota History Alive. City of Sarasota.
  26. ^ "339-361 St. Armands Circle". Sarasota Modern. City of Sarasota.
  27. ^ "Siesta Key Beach Pavilion". Sarasota History Alive. City of Sarasota.
  28. ^ Pickens, Hugh. "Remembering John D. MacDonald and His House". Research and Ideas. MediaWiki.
  29. ^ "Siesta Key Home - John D. MacDonald". Siesta Key Home (Photos).
  30. ^ "AIA Florida Design Awards Archive". AIA (Florida). American Institute of Architects.
  31. ^ "Awards - Seibert Architects". Seibert Architects.
  32. ^ "UF College of Design Distinguished Alumni". College of Design, Construction, & Planning. University of Florida.
  33. ^ "Edward J. Seibert Papers - UF Special and Area Studies Collection". George A. Smathers Libraries. The University of Florida.
  34. ^ "AIA Gulf Coast Chapter - SAF Tim Seibert Architecture Exhibition". AIA (Florida). American Institute of Architects.
  35. ^ Bubil, Harold (October 26, 2006). "AJC to honor three architects tonight". Sarasota Herald Tribune. Sarasota Herald Tribune.
  36. ^ "AIA Gulf Coast Chapter Event: The Seibert Effect". AIA Florida. American Institute of Architects.
  37. ^ Denton, Ilene (August 16, 2017). "MOD Weekend to Honor Architect Tim Seibert". Sarasota Magazine. Sarasota Magazine.
  38. ^ Meakin, Nione. "Modern Love for Architecture in Sarasota". Celebrated Living. Celebrated Living - Nexos.
  39. ^ "Saying'goodbye' to an old friend: The obituary of Tim Seibert". Boca Beacon/Sandpaper. Boca (Grande) Beacon. December 7, 2018.
  40. ^ Meric-Hughes, Steffan (October 2011). "Design Competition". Classic Boat Magazine. Classic Boat Magazine.
  41. ^ "The Seibert Effect". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  42. ^ "Hiss Studio (One X Time) TBS Japan". YouTube. Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
  43. ^ "Hiss Studio Modern Home in Sarasota". Dwell Magazine. Dwell Magazine. November 2017.

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