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The School of Architecture at Taliesin founded by Frank Lloyd Wright announced that it would cease operations on both campuses and close by June 2020

Frank Lloyd Wright School To Shut

The iconic architecture school at Taliesin founded by Frank Lloyd Wright will close its doors after almost 90 years.

The School of Architecture at Taliesin founded by Frank Lloyd Wright announced that it would cease operations on both campuses and close by June 2020

The School of Architecture at Taliesin is a private, graduate school of architecture with campuses at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The School focuses on the organic architecture design philosophy of its founder Frank Lloyd Wright. Apprentices who trained here have worked on important Wright projects including the Johnson Wax Headquarters, Fallingwater, Guggenheim Museum, and Monona Terrace.

The apprenticeship program evolved into the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, which was established in response to changing licensing requirements for architects, particularly the requirement to graduate from an accredited institution prior to sitting for the Architect Registration Examination.

Wright, who died in 1959, is considered one of the modern era’s greatest architects

Founded as the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the school was renamed in 2017 after it formally broke away from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

A press release said the school’s closure was due to its inability to “reach an agreement” with the foundation, which retained ownership of its premises.

“This is a sad and somber day for our school, our students and staff and the architecture community,” said Dan Schweiker, chair of the school’s board of governors, in a press statement. “We are saddened we could not reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to continue operating the architecture school.

Apprentices who worked on important Wright projects including the Johnson Wax Headquarters, Fallingwater, Guggenheim Museum, and Monona Terrace had studied at the school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and Taliesin West in the USA

“Our innovative school and its mission were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for connecting architecture to our natural world. Wright’s legacy was not just building. It was a school to promulgate the lessons for all future generations.”

It was reported that prior to the closure announcement, the school and the foundation were in talks to develop alternative educational programming that did not require accreditation. According to the foundation, the proposals that emerged from these discussions were not approved by the school’s board.

Wright, who died in 1959, is considered one of the modern era’s greatest architects. He designed some of America’s most iconic buildings, including the Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania, and New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

web: www.taliesin.edu

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