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The students of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, are raising funds to help cover the costs of our Desert Shelter Program.  This program is not only the signature project of Taliesin, and has been since 1937, but with your help it will become the thesis project for all twenty-three Taliesin masters students.

By the completion of our three-year master’s degree, students design, develop, and build a shelter, set deep in the Sonoran Desert.  As a means of learning the fundamentals of construction in a collaborative environment, first year students will aid in the construction of third year student’s designs.  Third year students will spend their final year of school inhabiting and learning from their realized designs.

Students will embark on a thorough design process, ultimately submitting their designs to an architectural review board for construction approval.  Shelters will stress building in harmony with the landscape, rustic materiality, and appropriate geometry.

With your help, beginning in January of 2016, the School can preserve this unique and defining project by re-launching our Desert Shelter program as a thesis opportunity for aspiring architects working with licensed architectural mentors!

The materials and tools we are fundraising for are needed to develop a Desert Shelter studio shop distinct from the professional studio shop that is used for preservation.

This is a list of equipment we will need for the Desert Shelter Program.

Taliesin West
Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright's Living Room
Frank Lloyd Wright's Living Room
Taliesin Evening
Taliesin Evening

Risks and challenges

Students will work alongside faculty and licensed architects to augment any design flaws on built projects, ensuring the success and competition of the Shelters.

A complete list of project steps needed for completion are outlined in our Required Design Criteria.

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    Personalized thank you card with original Taliesin image, signed by all students and staff.

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    Taliesin Legacy Tote Bag

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    Taliesin Student Crewneck Sweatshirt

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    Student designed Nature Patterns.

    Nature Patterns are digitally-mastered abstractions of Nature. Born out of the principles of scale and geometry within Nature.

    This graphic design exercise pushes students to translate the color, structure, and pattern of a living organism into a two-dimensional graphic.

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    Custom designed Archiffiti with Supporter's name inscribed.

    Archifitti is beautiful, hand drawn geometric expressions that will be custom made, given as an offer of gratitude towards an individual or party.

    This design abstractly incorporates the recipients name as a visual identity, distinct to Taliesin tradition as a means of gratitude toward individuals of significant support. This is often seen in the design of each students name on their diploma to reflect their personality, aesthetic, and architectural style.

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    Signed Desert Shelter Manuscripts.

    This one of a kind booklet captures the images and design descriptions of the shelter history at Taliesin West. Beginning in 1937 with original shepherd tents to today's creations, this will give you a unique insight into the evolution of desert design by the School's apprentices.

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    Private Desert Shelter Tour by Taliesin Students.

    Come and see for yourself what your pledges are supporting and building. With a support at this level, we invite you to come and take a behind the scenes tour of all that Taliesin West has to offer with a special insight into the desert shelters by the students who will actually build them. Lunch with Legacy Fellows and students is included.

    Reservation is based on a mutually agreed date, any time from October - May, 2016.

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    Overnight stay with accommodations at Taliesin West.

    Come and live the Taliesin apprentice experience! A pledge at this level invites you to come to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, for a private tour of the entire grounds, a tour of the desert shelters, meals with Taliesin Legacy Fellows and current students, and your choice of an overnight stay in one of our desert shelters or Frank Lloyd Wright desgined bedrooms.

    Imagine waking up to the beautiful sunrise cascading over the McDowell Mountains, or in a living room Frank Lloyd Wright designed himself. This is a truly one of a kind experience to live like a Taliesin Fellow, and see the historic studio, school and home Mr. Wright built on what he referred to as "the top of the world."

    Reservation is based on a mutually agreed date, any time from October - May, 2016.

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    Taliesin Evening in Your Honor and Complimentary Weekend Stay.

    Taliesin Evenings are the most revered and important community events among our residents and invited guests. A steadfast tradition since 1932, these black-tie dinners are a way to create and celebrate the Taliesin culture, while providing our students and residents the opportunity to plan, design, and execute beautiful and memorable evenings while sharing the magic of life at Taliesin with artists, donors, celebrities, friends and family. A signature cocktail reception in Frank Lloyd Wright's own living room is followed by dinner and entertainment in the Cabaret Theater. Be our guest of honor with VIP seating for up to 8 of your own guests and enjoy your own magical Taliesin Evening.

    Additionally, a pledge at this level also includes a weekend stay for yourself and up to four guests.

    Weekend at Taliesin West for up to four guests.

    • Friday through Monday accommodations in-residence.

    • Private Estate Tour with Taliesin Residents.

    • Desert Tour including Shelters with a Taliesin Student.

    • Provided Meals with the Taliesin Community.

    • VIP tour to other Wright Sites in Phoenix with the Dean.

    • Time to enjoy the National Historic Landmark on your own.

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