TSOA COMMUNITY LETTER
The School of Architecture is moving to Cosanti and Arcosanti.
The School of Architecture – founded by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1932 as the Taliesin Fellowship – is in the process of moving its renowned graduate degree program to the culturally and architecturally significant sites of Cosanti in Paradise Valley, Arizona and Arcosanti near Cordes Junction, Arizona, which were built by over 8,000 volunteers under the direction of the late architect Paolo Soleri (1919-2013) – a notable Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice in the 1940s.
The School of Architecture and The Cosanti Foundation have joined forces on past projects, and this new venture expands on their continued collaboration. “We’re incredibly thankful for the support of our alumni, who championed the school through donations, new ideas and continued commitment to our unique place in the architecture world,” said Dan Schweiker, the school’s board president. “We see the school’s new location and leadership as an opportunity to reinvigorate our dedication to our entire community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.
John Walsh, board chairman of The Cosanti Foundation, said: “It is fitting for our two institutions to work together to influence a new generation of architects, much as our founders influenced architectural innovation in their lifetimes. The Cosanti Foundation has always nurtured the interests of architects, designers, urban planners and scholars who have come to Arcosanti and Cosanti to study our experimental architecture and the unique philosophy of arcology at the heart of our mission.”
Chris Lasch, an award-winning designer, has been serving as the school’s dean and became its interim president when former president Aaron Betsky was appointed director of the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech University in May. Lasch is also a partner at Aranda/Lasch, an experimental design studio whose work is featured in international galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
“The school has a bright future and we look forward to working with The Cosanti Foundation at both of its sites – Cosanti and Arcosanti,” Lasch said. “I’m confident that through our collaboration we will continue to provide an exceptional educational experience that lives up to Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary vision, and also draws inspiration from the innovative urban planning theories of his one-time apprentice, Paolo Soleri. Together, we will honor our shared past and continue to leave an important mark on the architecture world.”
In the coming months, the school and The Cosanti Foundation will communicate additional details on their collaboration and the school will announce its new name.
From culture to creativity, travel to community gatherings, life at The School of Architecture provides an experience unlike that of any other, and one that students here will carry with them for the rest of their lives. While the heart of life at the School revolves around the studio and the creative work produced by students in our historic spaces, students are encouraged to gain perspective from field trips to local artists’ workshops, living in and building their own shelter, and joining the community around them.
Master of Architecture Degree
The School of Architecture offers a three-year immersive Master of Architecture (M.Arch) program designed for students who thrive in a multifaceted environment focusing on rigorous design, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The small-scale of the School facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.
The M.Arch degree is an accredited, professional graduate degree leading to qualifications for architectural licensing. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter leadership roles within the architectural profession and become licensed architects upon completion of internship experience and passing the architectural exam.
The TSoA offers an 8-week Immersion experience geared to college-level participants and adults interested in deepening their understanding of architecture, this experience provides an opportunity to learn the discipline side-by-side with faculty and students.
During the program, participants investigate the basics of design, as well as our historic campuses at Cosanti and Arcosanti. The Architecture Design Studio is the core of the Immersion experience and is designed to be an intensive and hands-on learning experience. During the course of the studio, students navigate the various phases of the architecture design process and explore architecture drawing, making and three-dimensional modeling techniques. Participants design an architecture project responding to a particular design challenge and the final projects are presented and reviewed by faculty and students.
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