Sarasota Performing Arts Center Architect Selection Task Force Shortlists Six Top Architects to Design New Performing Arts Center

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Pictured: From left to right: Michele Hooper, Mary Bensel, Mark Famiglio, Dr.Jenne K. Britell.Photo: Peter Acker Photography

On Monday, the Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation, formerly known as the Van Wezel Foundation, and the City of Sarasota announced that the Architect Selection Task Force selected six semi-finalists out of the 18 shortlisted candidates who were invited to submit proposals to be architect for the new Performing Arts Center. The Architect Selection Task Force, composed of four distinguished community members, was charged with narrowing the pool of applicants and reviewing proposals (RFP). The six firms selected to advance are: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners Limited, Gehry Partners LLP, Henning Larsen, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Snøhetta. The narrowing of contenders comes on the heels of the announcement of a $10 million contribution from the Paul Seed Fund at KBF CANADA to the Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation to support the architect and design team in building the project. The architect selection process kicked off in October with its first of six public Task Force meetings. Funded through an appropriation from the State of Florida, the Task Force meetings have been held to discuss applicants’ qualifications and submissions. There were submissions from 43 world-renowned architecture firms in response to the RFQ and, the Task Force previously winnowed the firms to the 18 invited to submit proposals. During the next meeting, which is scheduled to take place in May, the Task Force will further winnow the field to a minimum of three finalists who will come to Sarasota for in-person interviews.

Pictured: From left to right: Michele Hooper, Mary Bensel, Mark Famiglio, Dr.Jenne K. Britell.Photo: Peter Acker Photography

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