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Who We Are

Taliesin West

Our Philosophy

VISION

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.

MISSION

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.

Student Life

The Taliesin Culture

From culture to creativity, travel to community gatherings, life at Taliesin provides an experience unlike that of any other school, and one that students here will carry with them for the rest of their lives. While the heart of life at Taliesin revolves around the studio and the creative work produced by students in Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic drafting rooms, students are encouraged to gain perspective from field trips to local artists’ workshops, living in and building their own shelter, and joining the community around them.

Programs

Master of Architecture Degree

The School of Architecture at Taliesin offers a three-year immersive Master of Architecture (M.Arch) 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 M.Arch degree is an accredited, professional graduate degree leading to qualifications for architectural licensing. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter leadership roles within the architectural profession and become licensed architects upon completion of internship experience and passing the architectural exam.

Immersion Program

The SoAT offers an 8-week Immersion experience at both the Taliesin and Taliesin West campuses. Geared to college-level participants and adults interested in deepening their understanding of architecture, this experience provides an opportunity to learn the discipline side-by-side with faculty and students.

During the program, participants investigate the basics of design, as well as the Taliesin campuses (Taliesin West in January-February, Taliesin in May-June). The Architecture Design Studio is the core of the Immersion experience and is housed in the studio drafting rooms, where Wright and his collaborators produced his work. During the course of the studio, students navigate the various phases of the architecture design process and explore architecture drawing and three-dimensional modeling techniques. Participants design an architecture project responding to a particular design challenge and the final projects are presented and reviewed by faculty and students.

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