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Student Life

Shelter Build in Progress

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.

Students become part of a community of thinkers and creators, each doing their fair share to guide the School’s traditions into the future. In a place that consists of great architecture and infused by all the arts, students are encouraged to engage in the discourse of architecture amongst each other, as well as with the professors who serve as creative mentors throughout this experience. Because most of the members of the community live here, work here, eat here, and make art together, students will feel intertwined and involved with their work, their surroundings, and themselves.

Students find themselves continually inspired both by the quality of Frank Lloyd Wright’s spaces, and the messages they propagate and the communal lifestyle they support. Students will also find themselves humbled by the qualities of the Sonoran Desert and Driftless Areas, while constantly being part of those forces which determine the fragility of these environments. Life at Taliesin will teach students to truly ‘see:’ it encourages them to get out of the studio to look, feel, and create architecture from the ground up. Students leave Taliesin with a renewed sense of pride and responsibility towards their own social, political, and ecological communities. Most of all, Taliesin has the uncanny ability to instill a love for one’s profession and creative potential. With the School’s exciting future as an independent institution ahead of us, we feel excited about helping to steer this legendary location into the future.

The Shelter Experience

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.

Cuisine & Creativity

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.

Study Abroad

Taliesin Travels

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.

Taliesin Evenings

Taliesin Evenings

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.

Paint the Town

Culture Through Community

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.

Studio

Studio Life

Living in and building your own shelter has been a cornerstone of the Taliesin experience for the last eighty-five years. This program helps students understand the fundamental forces in designing and building a place to inhabit. After living in, helping to build, and maintaining desert shelters created by their peers for graduate thesis projects, students design their own structure and learn architecture from the ground up. The opportunity to engage in this design-build activity helps give an exclusive look at how a design progresses from schematic design, through construction documents, approval permits, all the way to the construction phase in real-time. To have such a perspective truly humbles students in what it means to call yourself an architect, and the exciting implications that come with this special career.