CORE FACULTY plan and implement curriculum and curriculum policies under the coordination of the Faculty and Curriculum Chair, teach Core Curriculum offerings, serve as student adviser, and participate in student portfolio reviews.

FACULTY are instructors in a number of disciplines who are engaged with the program on an ongoing and generally long-term basis, in a part-time or full-time capacity. Faculty include architectural practice mentors, instructional staff, and independent study mentors.

TEACHING FELLOWS & VISITING SCHOLARS provide key and intensive courses to students and reside on campus. In addition to the faculty members listed below, the School's annual public lecture series hosts a variety of speakers who often stay at Taliesin West for several days and meet the students.

Current Faculty

Effi Casey

Elizabeth Dawsari, MLS

Floyd Hamblen

Kim Hurtado

Terry Kerr

Gigi LaBudde

Lloyd Natof

Sidney Robinson

Chris Winters

Tim Wright

Current Teaching Fellows

Shawn Protz (2017-2018)

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.

Ryan Scavnicky (2017-2018)

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.

Felix Martin (2016-2017)