Frank Lloyd Wright school reaches $2 million goal

The drafting studio inside Taliesin West in Scottsdale.

The drafting studio inside Taliesin West in Scottsdale.

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture has reached an important milestone on its path towards independence by raising more than $2 million in cash and pledges, the Chair of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board of Trustees, Alanna Mack, and the Chair of the School Board of Governors, Jacalyn Lynn, announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The school is seeking to become an independent subsidiary of the foundation to comply with new accreditation regulations that require it to be financially and administratively independent.

In collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, of which the school is currently an operating division, the school has sought to raise the funds to demonstrate its financial independence, according to a press release.

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture continues the legacy of the apprenticeship program Mr. Wright started in 1932 at his home, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wis.

Now co-located at his winter home, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, the school is an operating division of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which exists to “preserve Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and enrich society through an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture, and design.”

The Higher Learning Commission in 2011 changed its by-laws and no longer accredits schools that are part of larger institutions with multi-faceted missions. In reaction, the school and the foundation developed a path for the school to become a financially and administratively separate subsidiary.

As part of the agreement, the foundation will continue to support the school financially over the next four years, investing over $1.4 in its operating costs and future growth.

In addition, it will donate the extensive use of historic, residential, and classroom facilities at Taliesin and Taliesin West, which cost the Foundation over $1 million in cash a year for the spaces utilized by the school.  Combined with the more than $2 million raised, this foundation investment of $7 million will support the school through at least 2019, the release stated.

“We are heartened to see the depth and breadth of support for the school among its various communities and constituencies,” stated Alanna Mack, the foundation board’s chair, in the release. “We look forward to working together with school leaders as we all continue on this path towards the School’s independent incorporation.”

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