“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

As a fully accredited, experimental school that is newly independent and continues the apprenticeship program Frank Lloyd Wright started in 1932, TSOA builds on the past to help create the future. Building on Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs and thoughts, our graduate program in architecture teaches and practices learning by doing, new ways of looking, an ability to honor and build with the landscape, and experimentation. We draw on architectural precedents, case studies, and historical examples from cultures around the world. Many of the studio-based projects focus on projects that are socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, and culturally relevant.

We believe design must counter sprawl and the isolating principles of traditional planning. TSOA students learn how to serve our diverse communities by making our environment more sustainable, open to all, and beautiful.

And we are growing – in the number of graduating students, the number of applications, the number of new students, the number of completed construction of shelters, the number of community partnerships, the number of exchange programs, and the number needed for operating expenses.

We ask you to be part of our community by helping us create an environment that provides students with both ideas and tools so that they can become human beings of integrity and vision and make communities better places to live, work and play.

The School of Architecture is a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation. Gifts to TSOA are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The School’s tax ID # is 82-1898299.

Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Gifts by Mail for both campuses

U.S. Mail:
TSOA Development
8776 East Shea Boulevard, #106-601
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Questions? Contact us:
Phone 1-480-750-4470
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Mailing Your Gift
Send gifts to TSOA both campuses via U.S. Mail at the following address:

TSOA Development

8776 East Shea Boulevard, #106-601

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Speak with Staff
It is easy to donate or arrange a pledge by calling the Development and Alumni Relations Office. For general giving support call: 480-750-4470
Our team is ready to provide giving opportunities to TSOA in areas such as estate giving, setting up named scholarships, operating funds, endowment investments, studio community projects, and naming opportunities for endowed chairs and positions.

Donate Stocks and Securities
Gifts of appreciated assets, rather than cash, can be made to The School of Architecture and may provide special tax advantages to you, the donor. Giving appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can allow for the avoidance of capital gains taxes and, in most cases, provide a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the donation.

Wire Transfers
To initiate a *wire transfer, please notify your broker or bank that you intend to wire cash electronically to The School of Architecture. *Banks typically charge for outgoing and incoming wire transfers.

Gifts Matched by Your Employer
To encourage and support the generosity and community involvement of employees, most companies offer a Employee Matching Gift Program, which provides matching funds to the charitable organizations employees personally support and maximize the impact of employee charitable giving.

Planned Giving: Wills & Estates
You want to leave money to The School of Architecture in your will. You also want the flexibility to change your will in the event that life circumstances change. You can do both.


TSOA is the only school of architecture in the United States that was established by Frank Lloyd Wright.

“Shining Brow” is the English translation of Taliesin, “he of the shining brow.” A wizard and bard, Taliesin is the model for our education: evoking the organic nature of all things and building on the past, we see into a future transformed through design. We ask you to become part of a group of visionary and poetic people who will help see us into the future.

As a member of that community, you can help to secure the future strength of The School of Architecture by remembering TSOA in your estate plans. There are many easy giving options from which you can choose—strategies that can be beneficial to you, as well as, to TSOA. Examples include giving gifts of property, life insurance policies, charitable trusts, gift annuities, and bequests. To learn more about these types of gifts please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Please advise TSOA if you have included the School in your estate plans so that we can recognize you as a member of the TSOA Shining Brow Society.


When you become a member of the T Twelve, you make a multi-year commitment to the School. You advise the President on the School’s strategic direction and offer advice on programs and opportunities.

The current T12 membership supports the School at $12,500 annually for five years and includes notable voices in the field such as Frank Gehry, innovative business leaders Mark Friedman, Jason Fried, and Carl Schaffer, and cherished Trustees and Alumni, including the past Chair of the Board, Jacki Lynn, former Fellow and board member Bing Hu, and former Fellows Tim Wright and Karen Ellzey, Charles and Fonda Paterson, and local philanthropic leaders and jazz icons, Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft.


How do you make yourself at home in the modern world? That is the question our students must answer before they can graduate. They develop a thesis for how we can find shelter in a world of continual change, and do so in a way that offers an alternative to the often thoughtless, socially and environmentally destructive, and ugly ways we build our communities. They must come up with the building blocks for a more sustainable way of dwelling on this earth. As a proof of concept, they design, build, and inhabit their own shelter –a tradition Frank Lloyd Wright started at Taliesin West in 1937.

The Desert Shelter Program challenges students to design and build small structures as case studies of how materials come together, how they withstand severe environmental conditions, and how the project realization can happen with resourcefulness and invention. These shelters then form a core component of the housing stock for enrolled students and guests; and serve as a community resource for visitors to learn about creating architecture in harmony with the desert environment.

Each student is responsible for their own shelter, but they –and we—need your help. By adopting one of the shelters, you can provide a model for how to live better in our world, and you can launch a student on her or his way to becoming an architect. You can now also donate directly to the newly opened Shelter Program Fund. 


The Forum Lecture Series follows a long tradition of innovative public discussions and presentations at TSOA. It brings cultural and scientific leaders together with a diverse audience to both discuss ideas fundamental to our society and to understand that such thoughts only have viability within a social life. Past speakers have ranged from Jonas Salk to Frank Gehry.

Ranging from informal salons  to the formal “TSOA Evenings,” these events are legendary. Today, TSOA continues this tradition by bringing world renowned designers and visionaries to the intimate confines of the campus to give these talks, drawing additional inspiration from its remarkable architecture.

Bringing the best people to campus is expensive, and we ask you to help us bring the very best of the world’s thought leaders together with our students, faculty, and staff through your support.