Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School Closing After 88 Years

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Robison Wells
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The school of Architecture at Taliesin will shut its doors in June after 88 years producing some of the greatest architects in America. The school was founded nearly 90 years ago by arguably the greatest architect in American history, the man behind Falling Water, the Guggenheim, and hundreds of other Prairie-Style homes and buildings around the world.

"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.

"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."

The school, founded in 1932, is not only a school of architects, but is a UNESCO heritage site itself for its groundbreaking architecture. Approximately 30 elite students are currently enrolled, and the institution is in talks to transfer them to the nearby Arizona State University’s design school.

The closing follows a decision in 2017 for the school to become independent of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in order to gain accreditation. The break followed a fundraising drive, but the school has been unable to stay profitable on its own.

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