Designer departing from Sarasota's Urban Design Studio

Two pages from the in-progress form-based code. It would include architectural standards.

Two pages from the in-progress form-based code. It would include architectural standards.

Andrew Georgiadis, principal designer with the City of Sarasota’s Urban Design Studio, is resigning effective Oct. 23.

Georgiadis has written much of the draft for the city’s new form-based code, an effort to simplify existing planning and design standards, and a document that, if adopted, would change and regulate the city’s appearance in the 21st century.

Major parts of the code are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with a city commission vote on the matter coming next summer.

Georgiadis said he would rather be leading the effort to assure that it is a “quality document.”

Although Karin Murphy is in charge of the UDS, Georgiadis has reported to Tim Lichet, director of Neighborhood & Development Services, since June.

Murphy said architectural standards "were not part of my scope of work." The UDS contract, Murphy said, calls for it to create a city-wide form-based code, make recommendations for changing the comprehensive plan to receive the code, to help with engineering design criteria recommendations, or “other projects recommended by the city manager,” which turned out to be architectural standards.

“I will work on my portions until the last day,” said Georgiadis. “I have just had a conversation with Lisa Hess, AIA president, in which I told her that I will leave draft material for her and the members so that they can help refine the code as others work on it.”

He has a degree in architecture from the University of Miami and worked for the town planning firm Dover Kohl & Partners, but is not a licensed architect.

Harold Bubil

Recipient of the 2015 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award from the American Institute of Architects/Florida-Caribbean, Harold Bubil is real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune Media Group. Born in Newport, R.I., his family moved to Sarasota in 1958. Harold graduated from Sarasota High School in 1970 and the University of Florida in 1974 with a degree in journalism. For the Herald-Tribune, he writes and edits stories about residential real estate, architecture, green building and local development history. He also is a photographer and public speaker. Contact him via email, or at (941) 361-4805.
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