A New Path Forward for the School of Architecture Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright

The “School of Architecture” is changing more than just its name

The School of Architecture at Taliesin has formally dropped the ‘Taliesin’ component of its original name to be more widely recognized as a renowned graduate degree program rooted in its founder’s philosophies. It is now known as “The School of Architecture” founded by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Taliesin fellowship in 1932.

The School of Architecture was established at Taliesin as an apprenticeship program by Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright and served as a launching point for many of the world’s premier architects since its founding. The new name pays homage to the school’s profound history while in a Wright-like fashion paves the way for uncharted exploration in ways unique to The School of Architecture.

The change occurs both in name and in physical location as The School of Architecture has severed ties with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and has relocated to the nearby culturally significant sites in Arizona that are stewarded by The Cosanti Foundation: Cosanti in Paradise Valley, Arizona and Arcosanti, in Mayer, Arizona.

New President Chris Lasch who had been Dean of The School of Architecture at Taliesin since 2017, will lead The School in the new academic year.


From culture to creativity, travel to community gatherings, life at The School of Architecture provides an experience unlike that of any other, and one that students here will carry with them for the rest of their lives. While the heart of life at the School revolves around the studio and the creative work produced by students in our historic spaces, 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.


The School of Architecture 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.


The School offers an 8-week Immersion experience 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 our historic campuses at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The Architecture Design Studio is the core of the Immersion experience and is designed to be an intensive and hands-on learning experience. During the course of the studio, students navigate the various phases of the architecture design process and explore architecture drawing, making 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.


TSOA Lecture Series Begins!

Eddie Jones of Jones Studio opens the 2021-2022 Lecture Series with a lecture discussing the relationship of local climates, cultures and vernacular design, with and applied to other regions. Jones will present Sonoran responses in his studio’s work as explorations of ‘Portable Regionalism’.

Join us at Arcosanti on September 7 or stream the event live!


A TSOA student works to develop a model of the shelter she plans to build this year using rammed earth construction techniques.




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