Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to Highlight New Initiatives

Nov. 7, 2006

(October, 2006) /PRNewswire/ – The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture credits a rigorous, ongoing strategic planning initiative with a turnaround in enrollment and other positive developments at the school.

Victor Sidy, AIA, who assumed the post of dean in August 2005, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO Phil Allsopp, RIBA, hired this spring, have led the school-wide initiative. They believe the results have positioned the school for a successful continuing accreditation review in spring 2007.

“We are addressing a wide range of issues as part of a major rebuilding effort,” says Sidy, “and we have already seen impressive results in important areas including enrollment, which has nearly tripled.”

“Our initiatives for the school align with the Foundation’s explicit strategy to reach out to the world beyond Taliesin and Taliesin West and partner with education and research centers, other Frank Lloyd Wright historic sites, and with civic leadership and corporations,” notes Allsopp.

According to Sidy and Allsopp, as a result of planning efforts, the school has:

  1. Adopted a financial plan for long-term sustainability that includes objectives for increasing enrollment, growing synergistically with compatible organizations, and building the endowment. Reportedly, the Foundation is preparing to assess its readiness for a major capital and endowment campaign;
  2. Adopted an enrollment plan for incremental growth through enhanced programs and recruitment;
  3. Facilitated a curriculum summit in summer 2006, which structured and clarified the experiential learning program and outcomes-based assessment, and set standards for hiring new faculty.

Additional goals include:

Identify innovative concepts in the fields of architecture and design that represent opportunities for future architectural projects, such as NewAmericanVillage;
  • Convene a Dean’s Advisory Council to widen breadth of academic programs;
  • Strengthen ties to the network of practicing architects;
  • Recruit top faculty for key positions as the school grows;
  • Increase outreach to educational and other organizations such as the AIA; the British Columbia School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering; the Department of Energy’s Build America Program; Hafele USA; the Royal Institute of British Architects; the Urban
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