Taliesin West, Arizona Campus
The construction of Taliesin West, begun by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, was designed by Wright and built over many years by apprentices who were a part of the resident Taliesin Fellowship. Taliesin West is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The buildings rest on 500 acres of preserved Sonoran Desert open space on the South foothills of the McDowell mountains with spectacular views of Scottsdale, Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.
The buildings at Taliesin West include drafting studios, which provide workspaces for students and faculty, classrooms, study rooms, the William Wesley Peters Library, and exhibition spaces. Two theaters provide space for theatrical performances, concerts, music and dance rehearsals, as well as space for videos, films, visiting lecturers, special events, and formal dining. Workspace and equipment are available for woodwork, metal work, painting, printing, photography, sculpture, pottery, and model making.
All students and many faculty live on campus. Much of the living space opens directly to the desert. Taliesin West is a complex of buildings and garden courts linked together by walks and terraces. The seamless relationship between the structures and the natural desert encourages students to make full use of the 500 acres surrounding the central campus core to study the complex desert ecology, to deeply understand the poetic power of the landscape, and to discover the lessons available to the architect from the observation of nature. Students at Taliesin West are provided the option of living in experimental desert shelters during all or part of their residency. Alternately, rooms or small apartments are available for students based on availability, including those for students with spouses/partners. Locker room facilities, a lounge, and a study/reading room are available for students.
Taliesin, Wisconsin Campus
Most of the students and many of the faculty and staff move to Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, the original site of the School of Architecture, for the summer term. The campus comprises over 600 acres of rolling hills and fertile valleys adjacent to the scenic Wisconsin River.
The main residential complex of Taliesin is augmented by the buildings of the Hillside School, the Midway Barn, the Tan-y-deri residence, and several smaller cottages.
The buildings at Hillside include an ample drafting and design studio; classrooms; meeting spaces; a theater (seating 120) which is used for films, musical performances, dance presentations, and lectures; a carpentry shop; a painting and sculpture studio; and vegetable gardens. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, swimming, and ball sports.
At Taliesin all students are assigned to rooms in the various building complexes on campus. The room assignments are reviewed each season and changes may occur. As the prairie shelter program develops further, additional student housing will be available in shelters at the Wisconsin campus.