Learn from Experts
You learn most from your fellow students.
That is true at every architecture school, but at the School of Architecture at Taliesin you live, eat, and experience everything with your fellow learners all day long, so that you immerse yourself collectively in architecture. Because we are so small and so intense, you also have access to teachers and advisors, as well as visiting lecturers and critics, in a direct and almost continual manner. At one faculty for every three or four students, our instruction ratio is higher than that in any other graduate program of architecture in the United States. We also have a wide network of practitioners and experts who visit Taliesin and Taliesin West on a regular basis. Finally, the School attracts leading designers and thinkers to share their work and thoughts at least eight times a year in our Taliesin Forum lecture series. During their stays, they often also give workshops and critiques, and, as they stay on campus, are available on an informal basis as well.
From Frank Gehry to Erin Besler, Wolf Prix to Tatiana Bilbao to Sir David Adjaye, the Taliesin Forum has brought some of the best architects of the world to Taliesin and Taliesin West. Students conduct interviews with the lecturers for the student magazine WASH, and enjoy interacting with the lecturers when they are on campus.
In addition to our Core Faculty, the School also draws on a community of experts in fields as diverse as theory, furniture making, theater, and law to give students a broad overview of the knowledge and background they need to succeed in the field. Visiting Teaching Fellows bring fresh perspectives to the studio every year.
The School has a Core Faculty of three instructors: Dean Chris Lasch, Matthew Trzebiatowski, AIA, and Ron Geren, AIA. These teachers not only oversee required courses, but also act as mentors and faculty advisors during a student’s whole time at the School.
- Taliesin Forum
2019 SPRING LECTURE SERIES
SPEAKER/S AGENCY DATES Sir David Adjaye Adjaye Associates Thurs. January 24, 2019 Erin Besler Besler & Sons Thurs. January 31, 2019 Jeremy Smith Irving Smith Architects Thurs. February 7, 2019 David Ruy Ruy Klein Thurs. February 21, 2019 Barbara Bestor Bestor Architects Thurs. March 14, 2019 Andrew Atwood First Office Thurs. March 21, 2019 Ryan Scavnicky Extra Office Thurs. April 11, 2019
- Visiting Fellows
RYAN SCAVNICKY – 2018-2019
Ryan Scavnicky is the founder of Extra Office. Extra Office engages developments in contemporary culture, aesthetics, and media to uncover new channels for critical practice. His work is published in ArchDaily, Architect’s Newspaper, SCI-Arc Offramp, UCLA POOL, Archinect, and Hyperallergic. In addition, he has over 6 years of experience in international offices in Beijing, San Francisco, and Vienna.
Ryan received his Master of Design Theory and Pedagogy with distinction from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. He studied at DAAP in Cincinnati for his Master of Architecture. Ryan has previously held appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Kent State University, and SCI-Arc.
CRUZ GARCIA & NATHALIE FRANKOWSKI – 2017
Architecture Think Tank is an international studio practicing architecture, urbanism and architectural research. Founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, author and poet, Nathalie Frankowski, WAI and its parallel artist practice Garcia Frankowski are based in Beijing, Lincoln and Roanne. Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski are former Visiting Teaching Fellows at the School of Architecture at Taliesin, and current Hyde Chairs of Excellence at the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They are also founding curators of Intelligentsia Gallery, an alternative art space in Beijing.
WAI focuses on the understanding and execution of Architecture from a panoramic approach. WAI aims to contribute to the collective intelligence of architecture by means of intelligent buildings and master plans, groundbreaking research projects and innovative publications. Recent projects include the shortlisted design of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow, the design of LI Creative Offices, an invited competition for a museum in Suzhou, and the design of the Housetelier in Beijing.
- Core Faculty
Chris Lasch is a teacher, practitioner, and researcher dedicated to experimental architecture. Established in 2003 by with Benjamin Aranda, his studio Aranda\Lasch approaches design through a deep investigation of structure and materials. Recognition includes the United States Artists Award, Young Architects Award, Design Vanguard Award, AD Innovators, and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling architecture book, Pamphlet Architecture 27: Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York. Chris Lasch is based in Tucson, AZ and is currently Dean of the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
RONALD L. GEREN
Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, AIA, CCS, CCCA, CSC, SCIP, is the owner and principal of RLGA Technical Services, LLC, a specifications and building code consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, which includes projects covering many building types such as residence halls, classroom and office buildings, libraries, multifamily residential, commercial office and retail, religious, theaters, and military.
Ron is the author of Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals (Wiley, 2016), a book written about integrating code compliance in the design process.
In addition to his consulting practice and teaching, Ron is a member of several organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Construction Specifications Canada, the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice, the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Building Technology Educators’ Society. In addition to his memberships, Ron is a member of AIA’s Codes and Standards Committee and a member of CSI’s Academic Programs Committee, each at the national level. He is a former board chair of CSI and a past chair of AIA’s MasterSpec Architectural Review Committee.
Ron is a Fellow of CSI, a Certified Construction Specifier, a Certified Construction Contract Administrator, and a Certified Building Plans Examiner.
Matthew G Trzebiatowski, AIA, LEED ap earned a Masters’ Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) in 1997. Trzebiatowski is a licensed architect in Arizona and Wisconsin, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, a Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture at Taliesin (SoAT), and an Assistant Lecturer at The University of Arizona (UoA) in Tucson. Trzebiatowski, who founded blank studio design + architecture in 2006, has won numerous awards for the design work of his studio and was nominated for the prestigious Marcus Prize for Architecture in 2017. The work is published frequently in periodicals such as GA Houses, Architectural Record, DETAIL, Dwell, Blueprint, and Domus.
blank studio design + architecture was created to honor the capacity for architecture to challenge, inspire and elevate design awareness in an environment that is directed toward increasingly simplistic and synthetic solutions: the design process centers upon investigation and synthesis, the experiential use of space, an authentic expression of materiality, and the engagement of the senses. Within this inclusive method of design, blank studio endeavors through its work, to transcend meaninglessness and create that which is a testimony to the potential of the designed environment.