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Upgrade U: Taliesin students translate a longtime tradition into an urbane guest residence

Taliesin Design-Build Class
July 2009

By David Sokol

Photo © Bill Timmerman

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Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona, has enjoyed a string of good years. In one example, says school dean Victor Sidy, AIA, “Our projected enrollment for this fall is in the low 30s, which is higher than it’s been since accreditation in 1987.”

For Taliesin, crowding on its desert campus has been the price of success. Indeed, every first-year student participates in the Taliesin Shelter program, in which she lives in an eight-foot-square freestanding shelter of her design and making. When architect and professor Michael P. Johnson initiated a design-build class early last year, the students decided to solve another side of the housing shortage by applying the principals of the Shelter program to an upgraded residence for visiting faculty, lecturers, and other school supporters…


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