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SoAT Community Letter

Taliesin West

SoAT Announcement

The School’s response to the Foundation’s statement regarding not renewing the MOU and therefore evicting the School by June:
Taliesin West, March 17, 2020
Dear Friends,
As you might have heard, the Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently reiterated their decision to not renew the Memorandum of Understanding that forms the basis on which our life at Taliesin and Taliesin West is based. They claim that this is a new decision, which is not true; they also claim that we have not provided them with any documents that show our path forward. This is also not true. They also did not communicate their latest “decision” to our Board or to me.
Since the Foundation informed us on January 25th of what they then said was their final decision, we have been overwhelmed by support from you and from the wider community. We are very grateful for those expressions (including almost 25,000 signatures on an online petition), as well as for the donations we have received. With the commitment of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni (including the Fellows), as well as our lenders, our accreditors, and our partners in the various projects we have deployed and are planning, we are moving forward to secure the future of the School of Architecture at Taliesin. We hope and trust you will be part of our programs in years to come.
Our Board is currently preparing a response to the Foundation’s latest. We can and will take actions that ensure that the School will continue the purpose for which Frank Lloyd and Olgivanna Wright left Taliesin and Taliesin West in the care of the Foundation.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information and thank you again for all your support.
Sincerely,
Aaron Betsky
President

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.

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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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