The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation today began a formal search for a new Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The appointment, which has become available for only the fifth time in the school’s venerable 82-year history, will be the first in a series of efforts by the school aimed at challenging established pedagogical models of architectural education.
“We are remaking the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and we are looking for a Director with the energy and vision to help guide the process” said Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “This is an extraordinary opportunity and we are looking for an extraordinary person to grab it.”
The new Director will be the Chief Academic Officer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and will be responsible for the School of Architecture’s pedagogical direction, academic programs, personnel, students, finances, and reputation. The Director will also play a strong leadership role in the broader programs of the Foundation and is expected to set the intellectual tone for the School, engaging in contemporary architectural and design discourse at the national and international level.
Victor Sidy, who has led the School of Architecture since 2005, will be stepping down after the next Director is in place to allow him to return to his architectural practice, which engages in projects ranging from residential to educational and cultural facilities.
“We think it’s time to renew our commitment to discovery and invention, and we’re looking for a leader who is ready to speak to a profession in need of direction,” says Reed Kroloff, chair of the Director Search Committee. “We don’t want someone who designs like Wright. We want someone who can think as boldly as he did.”
Letters of interest and resume/qualifications should be sent to Courtney Larsen at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.
About the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1932 as an alternative to traditional architectural education, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture today provides a fully accredited professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree in an intensive, in-residence academic environment. Students explore the discipline through one-on-one interaction with faculty and through work in the design studio, through architectural practice, and on design-build projects. The students’ educational experience is closely linked to its two architecturally stunning campuses, the main Arizona campus (Taliesin West) and the summer Wisconsin campus (Taliesin).
About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's vision is to be a leading, global, multi-disciplinary center for education, scholarship, debate and research committed to the place of architecture and arts in enriching the quality and dignity of life. The Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Taliesin Collections, to shaping architecture and design at the highest level and to transforming people’s lives through the living experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work. www.franklloydwright.org