The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale says it has raised $2 million as it looks to stay open, accredited and become financially independent from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The architecture school needs to prove it is financially and operationally viable to keep its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and avoid a possible shutdown.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has promised some more short-term funding for the school.

The foundation will invest $1.4 million in the school over the next four years.

The architecture school will continue to use classrooms and other facilities at Taliesin West.


HLC, which also regulates other Arizona universities and colleges, changed some of its rules requiring schools like the Wright school to be a separate and viable entity from the parent foundation.

The Scottsdale architecture school will apply for a change of control approval from HLC next year and subsequent accreditation.