It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you today that the School has passed its milestone of raising $2 million to ensure its future as independent program. This means we can now move forward in our application to the Higher Learning Commission to become an educational institution with its own finances, management, and fiduciary Board.
We are so grateful to all of you who supported us during this difficult process. Many of you gave above and beyond your means, and thus showed your commitment to our continuation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy in buildings and thought. We are especially grateful to our major supporters, including the Taliesin Twelve (Jacalyn Lynn, Tim Wright and Karen Ellzey Wright, Charles and Fonda Paterson, Frank and Berta Gehry, Bing Hu and Wenchin Shi, Mark Friedman, Jason Fried, Carl Shaffer, Robert and Gretchen Ravenscroft), the United Fund of Globe-Miami, IDA of Gila County, Capstone Mining, MGM Resorts International, BHP Billiton, Sentry Insurance, the Rio Salado Foundation, and the Graham Foundation. We cannot thank you enough. We also wanted to give our gratitude to all the students, family, Fellows, Board members, friends, and the staff and Board of the Foundation, all of whom worked so hard with us to make this possible.
Now we will move forward with what will be a complex process of changing our status. In the meantime, we will continue the hard work we have been doing here at the School. In the last year, we obtained reaccreditation for our Master of Architecture program from the NAAB for a full, eight-year term. We streamlined our curriculum and added courses in design, theory, and digital fabrication. We have made the designing, building, and inhabitation of a shelter at Taliesin West a required part of all students’ three-year, twelve-semester program here by embedding it in a year-long thesis program. We look forward to more improvements that will embed notions such as organic architecture and learning by doing in more thorough and complete ways in our learning process.
We are also very excited because we are turning towards design/build projects in local communities as a way to bring back the notion that the School is not just a place to learn about architecture through theoretical projects, but one where you practice on and in the real world. In particular, we look forward to a four-year set of projects in which we will be working the towns of Globe and Miami, Arizona to develop facilities and civic improvements, some of which we may construct ourselves.
We are not forgetting about Frank Lloyd Wright’s notion of educating the complete person: we have intensified our encounters with local practitioners and artists, and this spring will bring design luminaries such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Liz Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, Thom Mayne, Julie Eizenberg, Todd Williams and Billy Tsien, Winy Maas, and Urban Think Tank (Hubert Klumpner and Alfredo Brillembourg) to the campus’ intimate theater for discussions with students, faculty, and invited guests. We are also looking to bring more performances back to Taliesin and Taliesin West.
This was a collaborative process that not only involved the School’s Board, staff, and students, but the entire Taliesin community. All of your dedication, passion, and support have helped to keep the spirit and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture alive, and we look forward to walking the path towards independence with you. Together, we will make the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture the best experimental architecture school in the country. Again, our thanks, and please feel to get in touch with us if you would like any further information.
Jacki Lynn, Board Chair
Aaron Betsky, Dean
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Taliesin’s M. Arch program continues to gain worldwide attention. ARCHH has recognized Taliesin as a Top 10 program
Applications to the Master of Architecture program at Taliesin are accepted year round. Application decisions are ongoing
TALIESIN WEST LECTURE SERIES 2015
The 2015 lecture series entitled "Free and Open to the Public" will explore open-source, pro bonoand public space design by some of the worlds leading architects and designers. Lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7PM in the Pavilion and are open to everyone, free of charge.
TALIESIN SUMMER IMMERSION
The Summer Immersion session is planned for May 27 – July 24, 2015 at the Taliesin campus in Wisconsin. Applications must be received by May 13, 2015. The cost for the program is $4,800, which includes tuition, room, and board.
Lotus Shelter Restoration and Rehabilitation
Taliesin and ASU students collaborated with Kamal Amin on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic 1963 Lotus Shelter at Taliesin West. (more images and story after the jump).
Juhani Pallasmaa reflection on Taliesin West
Orchestrating Architecture: Atmosphere in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings. Article on Archinet by Juhani Pallasmaa, Scholar in Residence 2012-13, reflecting on his experience at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West campus.
Learn more about the personal-scale experimental living structures at both campuses with a long tradition of design/build learning experiences that provide opportunities to integrate design skills while making place for poetic habitation.
Watch new videos produced by the School and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, showcasing several aspects of the Taliesin learning experience; from the beautiful campus in the desert, to the academic vigor of learning by doing.
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION - TALIESIN SCHOLAR
Each year, CAF offers six high school students the chance to experience a life-changing apprenticeship at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Spring Green, Wisconsin during their summer break. The Taliesin Scholar Program is an intensive, week-long architectural studio. This opportunity is reserved for six select Chicago Public School high school students who participate in the CAF Newhouse Architecture & Design Competition.
This small Accessory Dwelling Unit designed and constructed by students and faculty, has received numerous awards, and is now also produced in three sizes and three material finishes by Lindal Cedar Homes.
TALIESIN DESIGN AND LINDAL CEDAR HOMES
A portfolio of designs created through the collaboration of faculty and graduate students for the charter launch of the Lindal Architects Collaborative program. Lindal utilizes a modular structural grid for the wooden post/beam construction and guarrantees a high-standard environmental performance.