Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Prominent Architect Made an Impact

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Prominent Architect Made an Impact

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RICK FAWLEY, 1949-2015

As both an architect and a businessman, Rick Fawley left his imprint on the region's built environment by designing some of its most prominent buildings.

Among them: the Manatee County Judicial Center in downtown Bradenton (with HOK Architects), LECOM's School of Dentistry in Lakewood Ranch, the IMG athletics field house and other campus structures in Bradenton, and the Herald Court mixed-use building in Punta Gorda.

Fawley, who co-founded Fawley Bryant Architects 20 years ago with Mike Bryant, died Wednesday at his home. He was 65.

"He just loved this community and worked tirelessly on improving it," Bryant said. "He thought he could make a difference, and he did. He hated rules and convention, and was a great one to say, 'What if?' That created discussions around the community that led to making it better. 'What is the best thing to do?' That is the legacy he leaves us.

"It is hard for a business when you lose a leader. Our firm has been planning for transition. We have been bringing on, and elevating from within the company, key staff that can carry on what Rick and I have developed. It came to us earlier than expected, but we have the staff and mechanisms in place to continue the company. Fawley Bryant will go on."

"Rick not only contributed significantly to our architectural profession, but also to our community, and he will be greatly missed," said Lisa Hess, president of the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Fawley Bryant is known for tackling significant public projects throughout the region from its headquarters in Lakewood Ranch. It designed the Out of Door Academy High School, Booker High in Sarasota and buildings at Manatee High. Recently, Fawley joined Sarasota architect Guy Peterson in unveiling the design of the finish tower to be built at Benderson

Park's rowing facility.

"All of us in the architectural world who knew Rick are saddened to hear this," said Peterson, who is the design architect for the finish tower, while Fawley Bryant is architect of record. …

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