Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to Maintain Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission Approves Plan for Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to Maintain Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) announced its approval today of the Change of Control application submitted by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (School). This allows the School to operate as an entity independent from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Foundation), and thus maintain its accreditation as an institute of higher learning.

The HLC decision allows the School to continue its three-year Master of Architecture Program, while offering additional programs for continuing education, including an 8-week non-degree Immersion Program. Stuart Graff, CEO of the Foundation, applauded the decision. “This action is a result of a collaborative process between the Higher Learning Commission, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the School. We are pleased this decision results in the continuation of a legacy of education that Frank Lloyd Wright began in 1932 with his apprentices,” said Graff. “Together, the Foundation and the School are now able to extend this approach throughout the education continuum. As the Foundation creates unique K-12 experiences that challenge students to think about the world in new ways, the School will continue to provide exceptional programs for advanced education.” As Graff indicates, the Foundation will expand its own STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education programming for K-12 students.

Since gaining accreditation in 1987, the School has operated as part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. In a proposal submitted in February of 2016, and after responding to communications from the HLC regarding revised accreditation standards, the School demonstrated its ability to operate independently from the Foundation. With the approval of this plan, the School will begin to transition to an independent entity by August 2017 while providing a seamless educational experience for both existing and incoming students.

The Foundation will continue to be a supportive partner as the School works to provide experimental and experiential higher education in architecture. It will continue to donate space at Taliesin and Taliesin West for the School’s operations and providing other support to the School. Aaron Betsky, Dean of the School, said the HLC decision will benefit all parties. “Frank Lloyd Wright established his apprenticeship program to encourage innovative and creative thinking that furthers the School’s mission of learning how to create a more sustainable, open, and beautiful designed environment. We look forward to working with the Foundation and building on this legacy at his homes, Taliesin and Taliesin West.”

Betsky and Graff both expressed gratitude for the work of the HLC and the time dedicated to reaching an outcome that satisfies all parties. The School and Foundation will work together over the next several months to allow the School to begin its new academic year as an independent institution beginning in August 2017.

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Contact: Jeff Goodman
JGoodman(at)FrankLloydWright(dot)org
602.502.3142

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation established by Wright in 1940, is dedicated to preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and inspiring society though an understanding and experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture and design. Wright’s legacy, reflected in contemporary work around sustainable and affordable architecture and excellence in design, is of even greater importance today than in his own time. The Foundation is forward-looking, but rooted in the history of the Taliesin communities. Please visit FrankLloydWright.org for more information on tour schedules, cultural and educational experiences and events.

About the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture:
Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright over seventy years ago as an architecture apprenticeship program, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has been accredited since 1985. It is dedicated to teaching architecture at a graduate level so that students may learn how to make the human-made environment more sustainable, open, and beautiful. Embodying the principles of organic architecture and the notion of working with the land rather than building upon it, the School’s curriculum is based on the concepts of learning by doing and collective experimentation. Students learn from Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture by working and living in its two campuses Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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