FIU student Mikhail Mikhailenko's winning design.

FIU student Mikhail Mikhailenko's winning design.

If you’ve ever wondered about living or vacationing in a very cool tiny home, you’ll have your chance to view some of the very best ideas and designs at an exhibition in Sarasota this spring and on the pages of Sarasota Magazine’s March/April issue. The exhibition is the finale for the Center for Architecture Sarasota (CFA)'s statewide “Less is More” Tiny House competition, and judges selected the top designs and winners Jan. 15.

The competition challenged all Florida AIA professional and associate architects and architecture students to design original concepts for a tiny house with the goals of promoting small, flexible, affordable and sustainable alternatives to traditional housing. At the same time, CFA wanted architects to raise awareness for nontraditional housing needs, such as small movable structures that can provide temporary housing for first responders and those displaced by disasters, house aging relatives, returning children, even the homeless.

The winners in the professional category are: first place, Trevor Boyle of Hunton Brady Architects; second place, Hannah Boehmer of Sweet Sparkman Architects and David Morrison of Leader Design Studio; third place, Ron Haase of Haase Design; and honorable mention, Gabe Nisula of Halfants & Pichette Architects; and Scott Gross of DSDG Architects.

The winners in the student category are: first place, Mykhailo Mykhailenko, Florida International University; second place, Joshua Jones, University of Florida; third place, Jason Henning II, University of South Florida; and honorable mention, Madison Seip and Peyton Symth, both at University of Miami.

You can view all the “Less is More” Tiny House Competition winners in the March/April issue of Sarasota Magazine and at Center for Architecture Sarasota from April 29-June 17, 2021 at 265 S. Orange Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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