Taliesin Colloquium 2018

Starts:  Feb 9, 2018 4:00 PM (MT)
Ends:  Feb 10, 2018 6:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Historic Resources Committee
Photo: Andrew Horne

Reframing Architectural Education: Design + Existing Buildings

The fifth AIA Taliesin Colloquium: Taliesin West is sponsored and hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for the Historic Resources Committee and the Committee on the Environment of the American Institute of Architects.

This year’s colloquium will focus on existing buildings as sixty percent of current work for US firms is on buildings that are already standing. To meet future resilience and sustainability targets, we need to upgrade our commitments to re-using this infrastructure. Because the re-use of existing buildings cuts across all architectural specialties, this topic is relevant to all practitioners. This raises two questions:

  1. What tools do practitioners – especially those who don’t specialize in historic preservation – need in order to have an informed approach to existing buildings?
  2. How should architectural education be re-worked to embrace this new reality? What common ground can be found between architectural design curricula and preservation curricula that addresses this growing need, and how do we convince schools that they need to focus on these topics?


Download the agenda (PDF)

Learning units

It is anticipated that approximately 9 hours of continuing education units will be provided for AIA members who attend both days, contingent on review and approval of the final program by the AIA. You will not be eligible to receive credit for them without submitting a completed registration form and payment.


Type  Before 12/29   After 12/29 
AIA and AIC Member $300 $400
Non-member Professional  $400 $500
Student $50 $50
Guest   $100 $100

Hotels & Transportation

Please refer to the hotel information sheet on our suggested hotels in the Old Town Scottsdale area.  Do note that you are responsible for securing your own hotel reservations, so please do so in a timely manner so that you are able to receive the best rate possible.  All rates indicated in the information sheet are estimated, they are not guaranteed.

Explore Scottsdale

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The museum features regularly changing exhibitions, entertaining events, gallery tours, and engaging activities that bring to life the unique stories of the people, places and events that embody our Western heritage and play a role in shaping its future. Learn more >

Pinnacle Peak Park
A sunset hike at Pinnacle Peak Park is an ideal way to work off the holiday pounds and clear the relatives from the house for a few hours. The trail is wide and plush with saguaros, cholla, ocotillo, creosote, yucca and granite boulders. 26802 N. 102nd Way. 480-312-0990. Learn more >



Taliesin West
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259


Melissa Morancy