Betsky named Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture dean

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has announced Aaron Betsky — renowned teacher, curator, critic and administrator — to lead the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as its new dean.

Aaron Betsky

Aaron Betsky

Mr. Betsky assumes the role immediately, according to a press release.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to continue the work that for so long made Taliesin into a workshop for reinventing American architecture, Mr. Betsky said in the release.

“I look forward to continuing its traditions and making the School into the best experimental school of architecture in the country.”

As dean, Mr. Betsky will be responsible for the School of Architecture’s academic programs, personnel, students, finances and character. He will also play a role in the broader programs of the foundation and is expected to set the intellectual tone for the school.

His goal will be to strengthen both its academic and its financial resources, while working with the Foundation to build on Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy at both Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Taliesin East in Spring Green, Wis.

Mr. Betsky is a significant voice in contemporary architecture and visual culture.
The author of a dozen books on art, architecture, and design and thousands of articles on those topics, he has also taught architecture for over three decades, including currently at the University of Cincinnati.

In 2008, he was the director of the 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, and in 2015 is co-directing the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism while completing books on modernism (Actar Publishers) and Urban Think Tank (Phaidon Press).

Most recently, he was Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006-2014), where he revived the institution and renovated its building while raising over $80 million and attracting record attendance.  He also writes the twice-weekly “Beyond Buildings” blog for Architect Magazine.

“The selection of Aaron Betsky as dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture speaks to our commitment to innovation and impact,” said Sean Malone, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “We wanted a bold thinker and a talented leader, and we found both in Aaron.”

Mr. Betsky is succeeding Victor Sidy, who has led the School of Architecture since 2005, and who is stepping down to allow him to return to his architectural practice.

Editor’s note: The above photo was taken by Patrick Holland and is published courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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