Interview with Aaron Betsky

I have very much emphasized that we are here all to learn from the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright but we are not here to imitate this work. The question is not what should I do that’s like Frank Lloyd Wright but what would Frank Lloyd Wright do today. We also have put a strong emphasis on experimental architecture and on making a more sustainable, open and beautiful environment

Archinet has published an interview with Aaron Betsky, dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Aside from being an interview with a fascinating man, the article offers a brief recap of the past few, challenging years for the school and Betsky's leadership that likely saved the school from quietly slipping away. Most Wright fans are, at the very best, only dimly aware that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture even exists -- this article is a decent place to start learning about this unique school.

So there is a very active culture in that way, and students also have to be willing to be part of that community. You know we all take turns doing the dishes and helping the chef cook. So it takes very particular students and then on top of all of that, I have very much emphasized that we are here all to learn from the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright but we are not here to imitate this work. The question is not what should I do that’s like Frank Lloyd Wright but what would Frank Lloyd Wright do today. We also have put a strong emphasis on experimental architecture and on making a more sustainable, open and beautiful environment.

So if you want to learn how to make pretty boxes, learn that as quickly as possible and get a job upon graduation that pays as much money as possible, then there are plenty of good schools for you. If you want to learn how to change the world through architecture, then we would hope that Taliesen would be the place for you.

Aside from his leadership of the FLW School of Architecture, Betsky is architectural writer and critic -- his column at dezeen is a good place to sample his writing.

If you are interested in the dessert shelters of Taliesin West, a 2014 article from AZCentral.com is a worthwhile read.