Architect Selection Process

As of October 2022, a task force has been selected to lead the charge on architect selection.


  • Open and transparent process with six (6) public meetings
  • Process is guided by City ordinance, Florida statute, and CCNA practices


FALL 2022 – SUMMER 2023 (Tentative)

  • Taskforce Meeting #1: Architect Selection Kick-Off & Taskforce Orientation — October 31, 2022
  • Taskforce Meeting #2: Review RFQ Responses, Winnow to 15–20 Shortlist Candidates — December 16, 2022
  • Taskforce Meeting #3: Review RFP Responses, Winnow to 4-6 Semi-finalist Candidates — February 27, 2023
  • Taskforce Meeting #4: Review Findings from Building Tours & Reference Calls; Winnow to 3-4 Finalist Candidates to Interview; Identify Topics for Discussion & Develop a Consistent List of Questions to Ask During the Finalist Interviews — TBD
  • Taskforce Meeting #5: Finalist Interviews with Public Q&A — TBD
  • Taskforce Meeting #6: Final Deliberation & Recommendation for Selected Architect — TBD

Task Force Members

Foundation board Members

Jenne K Britell headshot.

Dr. Jenne K. Britell

Vice Chair of Board
Chair of Task Force

Mark Famiglio headshot.

Mark Famiglio

Board Member

Michele Hooper headshot.

Michele Hooper

Board Member

City of Sarasota Appointed Representative

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Mary Bensel

Executive Director
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Consultant experience

Paratus Group: Project Management. HR&A: Financial Modeling, Economic Impact Study. PFM: City's Owners Rep.
  • National expertise on high-profile cultural projects
  • Sarasota residents, with local affiliations & knowledge of the community
  • Arts and culture expertise, with extensive national networks in the performing arts
  • Economic development and construction experience
State appropriation of $999,000 to fund architect selection and concept design.
All funds must be expended before June 30, 2023.