Architecture school started by Frank Lloyd Wright to close

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The architecture school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago is closing.

School officials announced Tuesday that the School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will close in June.

Wright established his school at his studio and home near Spring Green in 1932. Students would split their time between the Wisconsin property and Taliesin West, which was Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The school’s governing board said in a statement the “gut-wrenching decision” was made after no agreement could be made with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep operating the school.

The school currently has 30 students. It will remain open for the spring semester.

School officials say they are working on an agreement with Arizona State University’s design school to allow those students’ credits to transfer.

Taliesin Preservation is an organization located near Spring Green that works to preserve the Wisconsin property while offering public programming to help people gain a better understanding of Wright’s architecture and ideas.

In a release, staff for Taliesin Preservation said it is important for the group to continue its work at Taliesin.

“Through our ongoing commitment, tens of thousands of guests each year will continue to be able to experience a laboratory for organic living – at the intersection of architecture, agriculture, nature, and culture,”  Aron Meudt-Thering, the communications manager for Taliesin, said in a release.

“We remain strengthened through our mission to carry on Wright’s legacy of an organic living mindset and ways to approach living that is ‘of a place’.”

You can learn more about the efforts of Taliesin Preservation by visiting this link.