SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, January 12th, 2017

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is happy to announce the 2017 Taliesin Forum. The Forum features ten discussions with prominent architects during the Spring 2017 season.  Throughout the Spring our guest lecturers will discuss “Difficult Architecture for Difficult Times.”

The lectures are possible through the generous support of the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Arizona Community Foundation.

Lectures are free, and open to the public by reservation. Reservations can be made by emailing Space is Limited.


SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, July 11, 2016

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Lasch as its new director or academic affairs. In this role, Lasch will work with Dean Aaron Betsky to support and facilitate the educational programs of the School, with a primary focus on curriculum and assessment, faculty and staff support and retention on both campuses, and strategic development of the academic environment. He will also become one of the School’s core faculty, teaching design studios and other courses.

Lasch is a partner in ArandaLasch, a design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. Established in 2003 with Partner Benjamin Aranda, the studio designs buildings, installations, furniture and objects through a deep investigation of structure and materials. They have been winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects + Designers Award in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2014, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2015, and were named one of Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD Innovators. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling book, Tooling. ArandaLasch has exhibited their work internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and architecture biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Dean Betsky believes that Lasch brings an approach to architecture that extends Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of craft, geometry, and space, using new technologies to take design both deeper and further. “We are excited to have Chris join us here at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,” says Betsky. “He brings skills, experience, and international reputation that will be of invaluable importance to us as we seek to all learn how to make an architecture that is more sustainable, open, and beautiful.”

Lasch will help lead a core faculty who are also practicing architects. They bring to the learning environment not only the principles and methodology of architecture, but their real world experience.


Higher Learning Commission Update on Change of Control Application

SPRING GREEN, Wisconsin, July 11, 2016

Press Release from the Higher Learning Commission

Response: We are obviously disappointed by this decision. The School and the Foundation are currently working to further articulate the competencies the Higher Learning Commission has asked us to demonstrate. We fully believe we have the resources, means, planning procedures, and potential autonomy in decision making to be able to operate as an independent operating subsidiary. We  look forward to working with HLC staff as we prepare for a resubmission for a Change of Control in November 2016. In the meantime, the School remains accredited and in good standing with HLC, the NAAB, and the Arizona Post-Secondary Education Commission.

Paint the Town 2016

As part of the ongoing partnerships with the Towns of Globe and Miami, Arizona, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, at Taliesin, coordinated a community painting event in the Town of Miami, Arizona.  The revitalization event focused on painting building exteriors with student designs.  The first of a series of community events between the School and these Towns, it acted as a catalyst to developing strong partnerships and community engagement.

Live Architecture – Taliesin West Spring Forum 2016

Open to members of the Taliesin Community and by invitation to guests free of charge, Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is happy to announce its Spring 2016 Lecture Series. Throughout this spring our guest lecturers will discuss topics on how to make the human-made environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. Approaching these topics through a discussion of their work and an open question and answer session.  Each lecture will be followed by a short reception.  The lecture series is sponsored by The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and The Rio Salado Foundation.

All Lectures start at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise specified, in the Pavilion Theater at Taliesin West. For more information and/or to RSVP please contact

January 28th:  Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

February 18th:  Julie Eizenberg

March 10th:  Thom Mayne

March 24th: Urban Think Tank, Hubert Klumpner

March 31st: Frank Gehry

April 21st: Winy Maas

April 30th: Liz Diller (5:00 PM)

TBD: Zaha Hadid




In 2015, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture formed an official partnership with the Town of Miami and the City of Globe, Arizona. Generous private and individual support was raised from the local community to engage the School for four years of dedicated Studio attention aimed at developing strategies to revitalize these two blighted communities. The Globe-Miami region consists of historic rural mining towns with a collective population of 10,000 located 90 miles east of Taliesin West. As one of the founding areas of Arizona, the Globe-Miami region possesses some of the state’s most significant and historical architecture, history and geographical beauty.

The Globe-Miami Studio serves as an opportunity for students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to design in a comprehensive fashion, rather than in an isolated vacuum, allowing communities with limited resources to leverage and share those resources to the maximum of their potential. The School will spend time developing designs and strategies that beautify existing structures and surfaces and re-purpose significant buildings and spaces. Community engagement and local participation are essential components for Studio success. The Project Manager will play a vital role in the execution of one of the most cutting-edge and experimental architectural projects in the country and will help to pioneer a new model of community revitalization and local engagement.

The Globe-Miami Studio Project Manager will split his/her time between our Taliesin West campus in Scottsdale and the local community of Globe and Miami to execute and attend planning and community meetings. Candidates for this position must be willing to travel as necessary based on the schedules of the community and the Studio.

Apply Here

Fall 2016 Lecture Series

August 24th, 2016 Spring Green, Wisconsin

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin is pleased to announce our Fall 2016 Lecture Series taking place at the Hillside Theater at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Throughout the Fall our guest lecturers will discuss their work and how to make the human-made environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. The Series is free and open to the public by reservation. All events begin at 7:30 pm. We are hopeful that you are able to join us for these insightful and entertaining lectures throughout the semester. Please RSVP to the events by email,

Fall 2016 Lecture Series

August 25th: Marshall Brown

September 1st: Perry Kulper

September 22nd: Brad Lynch

September 30th: Dan Wheeler




June 27th, 2016

NEW Taliesin Shop Needs Your Help

With your support, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin will   expand our capabilities to be the most experimental architecture school in the country.  We are creating a new shop at Taliesin and are looking for donations, tools, and materials.

The Taliesin Shop program uses both conventional and digital fabrication technologies to provide future architects with the experience of learning about design through making. ‘Learning by doing’ is a central principle of the program and students use the shop to make architectural models and projects as well as furniture, decorative objects, and experimental structures.


We are looking for woodworking and metalworking machinery, tools, material handling equipment, storage racks, sheet goods and lumber.

Machinery: planer, drill press, compressor, jointer, mortiser, panel saw, sanders

Portable Tools: chop saws, sanders, drills, planers, angle grinders, routers

Hand Tools: wrenches, hammers, planes, chisels, scrapers, screwdriversMetal Working: wire feed welder, stationary grinder, metal shears and brakes,

Metal Working: wire feed welder, stationary grinder, metal shears and brakes, cut-off saws

Lighting: shop lights, #10 and #12 electrical wire

Lumber: all kinds

Additional Items:flammable cabinet, clamps of all types, pallet racking, cantilever racks

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin offers a 3 year immersive Master of Architecture program designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment focusing on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The small scale of the School facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.  The Taliesin Shop is a crucial component of that experience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.  To donate or for more information please contact:


Jason Donofrio

Director of Development

(602) 820-1913

Photo: Soham Shah

Accepting Applications for 2016 – 2017 Teaching Fellows

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture invites applications for a Teaching Fellow in residence for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Fellowship is open to architects, engineers, artists, designers, and educators who are committed to experimental architecture. We are seeking candidates who are creative, true teachers and learners, and motivated to work in our two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campuses with a small student body of two dozen students. Fellows will follow our motto of “live architecture” by being full-time members of our community, living and working at Taliesin and Taliesin West.

With an emphasis on learning by doing, and an integration not only of the various aspects of architecture into a design search, but also to the understanding of architecture as part of a wider culture, the School seeks catalysts for change who can bring a fresh perspective both to design and to visual presentation, structural integrity, landscape integration, and community change through design, history, and theory. We are especially interested in those designers who can integrate and teach structural exploration with design/build projects.


Independence Campaign News

Dear Friends,

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.

Best wishes,

Jacki Lynn, Board Chair
Aaron Betsky, Dean