Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture


Scottsdale, AZ

Degrees Offered

Master of Architecture


The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture offers the professional architecture degree, Master of Architecture (M. Arch), which is a fully accredited program recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The core curriculum of the program is split up into three distinct phases: foundation, exploration, and synthesis. The program is designed to approach each phase respectively, with each section lasting anywhere from 8 to 12 months. The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture replaces the traditional grading policy with one of portfolio reviews from faculty and other knowledgeable representatives of the architecture community; in this way, the school follows very much the same way as the originating apprenticeship that Frank Lloyd Wright established.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture was established in 1932 when the first twenty-three apprentices that came to Taliesin to form the Taliesin Fellowship. Although the school’s development can be dated back many years prior to that, it was the relocation of these individuals to Taliesin that allowed for the resulting Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture that is known today. The school currently has two campuses: Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, and Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. Taliesin West Offers courses during Fall and Spring terms, while Taliesin offers Summer courses. Students are given the opportunity to study at both campuses, which are considered and listed as National Historic Landmarks.
The design of Taliesin West was that of Frank Lloyd Wright. Its construction began in 1937, and the campus buildings now sit on 500 acres of the Sonoran Desert near the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Students can opt to live in the experimental desert shelters during their stay at Taliesin West, or they may stay in rooms or apartments depending on availability.
Taliesin, in Wisconsin, sit on 600 acres of hills and valleys near the Wisconsin River. Many of the students that attend Taliesin West during the Fall and Spring terms move to the Wisconsin campus during the Summer term.