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Cosanti is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona built as the home and studio of Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. Cosanti is marked by garden courtyards and terraced landscaping amidst experimental earth-formed concrete structures. Cosanti is located in Paradise Valley just north-east of Phoenix about half an hour from Sky Harbor International Airport. 

The campus is an ideal setting for students to observe the fluid sandcast domes and forms carved directly out of the desert, serving as a springboard for individual experiments in design and building as a critical response to the environment. It’s proximity to numerous cultural, recreational, and culinary experiences make it the ideal location for the research component of TSOA’s graduate program

For site visits, prospective students are encouraged to contact us ahead of time.


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Arcosanti is an experimental city and urban laboratory designed by Paolo Soleri in the high desert of Arizona, about one hour north of Phoenix. Built on a mesa, Arcosanti has expansive views of the natural landscape. You can hike and explore nature, as well as join a thriving and vibrant arts-based resident community. At any particular time there are about sixty people that call Arcosanti home engaged in the arts, design and agricultural activities on site.

The students who commit to designing a built thesis project, spend their last semester in the desert lab, applying their theoretical knowledge to create experimental design solutions. As a remote experimental laboratory, this satellite campus offers the students amenities such as an on-site pool, workout gym, and fully equipped fabrication shop. 

You can either contact us to schedule a trip as a prospective student, or visit the entire complex with a guided tour through the Cosanti Foundation. 


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