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Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to Close

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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Officials announced last week that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will close in June.

Wright started the school nearly 90 years ago in 1932.

The school’s governing board said in a statement that the decision was made after it couldn’t come to an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep the school operating. Official negotiations have not been disclosed.

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Officials announced last week that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will close in June.

“This is a sad and somber day for our school, our students and staff and the architecture community,” said Dan Schweiker, chairperson of the Board of Governors.

According to the Associated Press, the Foundation said in its own statement that the school did not have a sustainable business model. The boards of both organizations had come up with a proposal to keep the school going through the end of July 2021.

Had a proposal been adopted, the foundation would have donated use of Taliesin and Taliesin West to the school; however, the school’s board didn’t unanimously approve the plan. The decision left the foundation’s board “disappointed.”

“We continue to stand ready to assist in making sure that this change occurs in the best interests of the students,” said Stuart Graff, the foundation’s President and CEO of the foundation.

The school currently has 30 students and will remain open for the rest of the spring semester. Officials say they are working on an agreement with Arizona State University’s design school to allow credits for those students to transfer.

After the transfer, the foundation said it plans to expand its educational programs for K-12 grades and professionals.

Both sites will also continue operating tours as they were part of the works recognized last year by the World Heritage Committee and added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Asia Pacific; Color + Design; Design; Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Frank Lloyd Wright; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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