The School of Architecture, renowned for its distinctive pedagogy focused on Learning By Doing, Immersive Learning, and Material Experimentation within the rich landscape of the Arizona desert environment, is proud to showcase two design-build Shelter projects from this past Spring 2023 semester. These innovative structures demonstrate the school's commitment to experimental building practices in response to the direct environmental and cultural contexts that inform them.
This Summer, TSOA conducted its second Summer Immersion Program based out of IIT's Crown Hall in Chicago, IL. Over the course of four weeks, students developed a Bronzeville-sited Library Kiosk and Cafe studio project in dialogue with the City of Chicago's Invest South/West Initiative, visited dozens of significant architectural sites (including many privately-owned Frank Lloyd Wright houses), enjoyed a 3-day excursion to the school's origins in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and even made a trip to Fallingwater near Pittsburgh, PA.
The school’s location is changing as our commitment to the legacy of architectural excellence and experimentation endures.
TSOA appears in the article “Desert Dwellers” in Monocle Magazine The Forecast 2023.
Italian architecture and design review publication The PLAN features three new TSOA student shelters in an article entitled “In The Footsteps Of Frank Lloyd Wright: Three Shelters In The Arizona Desert”.
At TSOA students are given the opportunity to design and construct a shelter instead of completing a traditional senior thesis. Archpaper highlights three new student shelters in this article.
Designer Jessica Martin has designed a rammed-earth structure in the Arizona desert that is meant as a refuge for humans as well as for plants and animal life.
This group exhibition, organized by The School of Architecture founded by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1932, does not ascribe to any singular definition of the term, but rather expands on the multitude of its interpretations through the lens of process in design.
Alexander Josephson of Toronto architecture firm Partisans travels to Phoenix to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy first-hand – just as students at the recently rescued School of Architecture at Taliesin are presenting their visions for temporary desert shelters.