The School of Architecture at Taliesin builds architects of the future by offering comprehensive study towards a professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree. The program is designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment focusing on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The School’s specialized approach facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.
We want to change the world through architecture. We believe that architecture should unfold out of our landscapes, our materials, our craft, and the traditions of organic architecture. We will be the boldest experimental architecture school in the world.
Building on Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and thoughts, we are a graduate program in architecture that teaches and practices learning by doing, new ways of looking, an ability to honor and build with the landscape, and experimentation. We learn how to serve our diverse communities by making our environment more sustainable, open to all, and beautiful.
We would like to welcome Ryan Scavnicky to the SOAT family as our Spring Teaching Fellow!
Ryan will be teaching 1st year studio, Communicate Design 2 and Architecture Theory.
Ryan Scavnicky is an assistant teacher at SCI-Arc, a producer with SCI-Arc Channel, and an architectural designer with studio TECHNE in Cleveland. His work engages developments in contemporary culture, aesthetics, and media to seek new agencies for critical practice. He structured a conversation on the changing relationship architectural discourse has with other disciplines through contemporary media as an editor of Offramp 12: Tolerance. He has publications forthcoming on the topic in Offramp 14: Crowds and Power as well as Log 43. Through this interest he has produced and written films with Jeff Kipnis that seek to analyze key takeaways from headline events including the Slavoj Žižek and Graham Harman debate and a lecture by Gregory Crewdson. He has published in ArchDaily, Architect's Newspaper, and Hyperallergic. In addition, he has over 5 years of experience in international offices in Paris, Beijing, San Francisco, and Vienna. He studied at L'Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, DAAP in Cincinnati, and SCI-Arc in Los Angeles where he graduated with distinction as a member of the inaugural Design Theory and Pedagogy track. He has previously held appointments at the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. We included a small portion of his portfolio here!
Shawn Protz - Visiting Fellow
Shawn Protz grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Architecture and a Minor in Hispanic Studies while earning varsity letters in wrestling along with the Norman J. Goldring Prize. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and is a registered architect in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania as well as LEED AP BD+C certified. Previously, Shawn has taught courses in architecture at the University of Arizona and Auburn University.
He has nearly a decade of experience in architecture including working with award-winning practices Kieran Timberlake and Rick Joy Architects among others, and now runs a practice - Protz Studio - with his partner and wife, Christina McMillan. In addition to architecture, he designs and fabricates patterned ceramic tile, an interest that grew from travels to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil, the latter as part of the Butler Traveling Fellowship.