The School of Architecture settles into Arcosanti with its first generation of student-built thesis shelters

Following its tumultuous 2020 departure from Taliesin West in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, the School of Architecture (SoA) has hit the ground running at its new home in Arcosanti, 76 miles north. There, at the experimental desert mesa town developed by architect Paolo Soleri, SoA recently unveiled the first generation of thesis projects at its new campus.

The thesis projects are a continuation of SoA’s long-standing program developed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1932: Over the course of three semesters, graduating students, with the guidance of the faculty under the new leadership of Dean Stephanie Lin and President Chris Lasch, develop and construct small shelters of varying permanence

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