Inspiration by Howey

Art/ArchitectureFriday, Feb. 16

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Last month, when Stanley Saitowitz (the San Francisco architect chosen to design the new Tampa Museum of Art) spoke at a public forum about ideas for the new building, he gave a shout out to a local author. In addition to a bevy of famous art museums, Saitowitz said he'd be looking for inspiration in Tampa architect John Howey's book, The Sarasota School of Architecture, 1941-1966, about a group of modernist architects who created a uniquely Floridian version of the international movement. Now Howey's own designs, in the form of 3D models, drawings and photographs, and his latest publication, John Howey & Associates: Selected and Current Works, are the focus of an exhibit at the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Produced over Howey's 40-year career, the featured designs put a contemporary spin on modernist fundamentals in residential, public and private buildings, historic preservation, interior design and planning. John Howey: A Retrospective reception and book signing Fri., Feb. 16, 6-9 p.m.; the works are on display through May 16, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gallery AIA, 200 N. Tampa St., Suite 100, downtown Tampa, 813-229-3411.

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