Meet Your Tour Guides


Tour #1 - Lido Shores Walking Tour - Sarasota Architecture Foundation

Christopher Wilson, BArch, MA, PhD

Dr. Christopher Wilson teaches architecture and design history at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He also currently serves as Board Chair of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.  Originally from Philadelphia, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree from The Architectural Association, London, England, and a PhD from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Before entering the world of academia, Dr. Wilson worked as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Dr. Wilson’s most recent publication is the Sarasota chapter in a monograph on the life and work of "Sarasota School" architect Victor Lundy, to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2018.


Tour #2 - Downtown Sarasota - Center for Architecture Sarasota

Harold Bubil

Harold Bubil’s first byline in a Sarasota newspaper was printed in December 1974. After serving in a variety of roles with the Sarasota Journal and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, he was real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune from 1994 until his recent retirement. In addition, he has written about architecture for the paper since 1999, and has even covered a few national hurricane conferences along the way. His favorite topics, in addition to real estate and architecture, include development history and green building.

He offers tours and lectures on architecture, real estate and development history. “Florida Buildings I Love,” a weekly series in the Herald-Tribune, is the topic of one of those lectures.

In 2015, he received the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the Florida-Caribbean chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In 2017, he received the Gold Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for the nation’s best residential real estate story of 2016. He was NAREE’s president in 2012.


Tour #3 - Ringling College of Art & Design - Ringling College of Art & Design

Jerry Sparkman, AIA, NCARB


Mark Sultana, AIA, NCARB - Founder and Owner, DSDG Architects 

Since founding DSDG Architects in Sarasota, Florida in 2001, Mark Sultana has focused on cultivating excellence in all aspects of the business – design, execution, personnel and professionalism. Mark and DSDG clients and staff collaborate to bring vision to reality on a consistent, timely and award-winning basis.

Mark’s hands-on approach to architecture extends to his personal life as well - he has designed and built five of his own homes to date and each build has expanded his empathy and understanding of a client’s needs.  

DSDG’s work and awards verify Mark’s ongoing commitment to excellence in architecture for over two decades. From receiving his Architecture degree in 1993 from the New York Institute of Technology to his service as past president of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and past board chair of InStride Therapy, membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and Florida Green Building Coalition, Mark and his professionals consistently earn the trust of their commercial and residential clients in pursuing timeless architectural excellence in form and function.



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