On April 6, The School of Architecture, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932, celebrated 90 continuous years of teaching experimental architecture and Learning by Doing. The event raised over $270,000 for the school. Major donations included those by Bing Hu (H&S International), Chris Koch (Carlisle Companies), and an anonymous donor. To end the evening, a new Swaback Scholarship was announced by Taliesin Fellows Vern Swaback and John Sather of Swaback Architects + Planners.
The keynote of the Spring Celebration program featured 4 eras of education at The School of Architecture. TSOA welcomed back Vern Swaback, John Sather, Victor Sidy, and Michele Yeeles, four architects and alumni whose experiences at the school span from the 1950s to the present, and ultimately project an exciting future for the school and architectural education at large.
Additional remarks were shared by the Mayor of Paradise Valley Jerry Bien-Willner, TSOA Board Chairman Dan Schweiker, Board Member and Alum Bing Hu, Board Member and Alum Pablo Moncayo, President Chris Lasch, and Dean Stephanie Lin. Mayor David Ortega of Scottsdale, and City Council Members were also in attendance.
The School of Architecture thanks our wide community for their ongoing support during this important and exciting time.