Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture Closing After 88 Years
The Design School at Arizona State University is in talks to transfer the units so current students can complete their degrees
After nearly 90 years of fostering architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture at Taliesin will be closing.
The school, also known as SoAT, announced this week it will cease operations after the spring 2020 semester. School officials said it’s a result of being unable to reach an agreement with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to remain operational. The school was founded by Wright in 1932.
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most important architects of the 20th century, and it can be argued that Falling Water is the most architecturally significant home designed in the 20th century. The school was created to honor his legacy and continue to provide students with his teachings. “Our innovative school and its mission were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for connecting architecture to our natural world,” Dan Schweiker, a chairperson of the governing board said. “Wright’s legacy was not just building,” he continued. “It was a school to promulgate the lessons for all future generations.”
There are currently 30 students enrolled in SoAT, and the students split their time between Wright’s retreats housed at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. SOAT is working out an agreement with The Design School at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts so its students can transfer credits and complete their degree programs.