Incorporate the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as an independent subsidiary as required by the Higher Learning Commission to ensure this irreplaceable treasure is perpetuated.
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The School’s future is under threat: On Aug. 21, 2014, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced it is considering a course of action that would end the existence of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture as an independently accredited institution.
Cooperating with the HLC in structuring the School as an independent subsidiary of the multi-faceted Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation would enable both the Foundation and the School to move forward with clarity and purpose.
The School is a vibrant, rigorous, and fully accredited contemporary school of architectural design (offering an HLC- and NAAB-accredited M.Arch degree) that fills an irreplaceable niche as an alternative to conventional architectural education, a mandate set forth by Frank Lloyd Wright at its founding in 1932.
The HLC- and NAAB-accredited professional degree is required for graduates to sit for architectural licensing examinations and pursue professional registration — a path that today is critical to practicing architecture.
Beyond preparing students for the technical demands of practice and licensure, today’s School is a sophisticated, nuanced evolution of an apprenticeship program designed to fuel an independent thirst for knowledge and a productive architectural practice.
Students have a hand in tailoring their own curriculum as part of a rigorous system of requirements and evaluations. Students live in, work in, and have a hand in stewarding buildings and landscapes designed by one of the most important architects in the world.
Students benefit from hands-on experiences working under faculty on architectural practice projects; preserving existing buildings; and designing, building and living in their own shelters. Students learn through community activities like cooking, gardening, arranging the dining room for common meals, and hosting high-profile events. They learn how to design for and manage complex operations, dine professionally, speak with important guests, and manage human relationships responsibly.
Wright created the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation as the operational structure for a new kind of educational venture in the preparation of American architects and allied artists. His dying wishes indicated that the Foundation perpetuate “the education and teaching of the art of architecture and collateral crafts” in "the equivalent of a college in the preparation of American architects..."
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