The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Lasch as its new director or academic affairs. In this role, Lasch will work with Dean Aaron Betsky to support and facilitate the educational programs of the School, with a primary focus on curriculum and assessment, faculty and staff support and retention on both campuses, and strategic development of the academic environment. He will also become one of the School’s core faculty, teaching design studios and other courses.

Lasch is a partner in ArandaLasch, a design studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building. Established in 2003 with Partner Benjamin Aranda, the studio designs buildings, installations, furniture and objects through a deep investigation of structure and materials. They have been winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects + Designers Award in 2007, the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2014, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2015, and were named one of Architectural Digest’s 2014 AD Innovators. Their early projects are the subject of the best-selling book, Tooling. ArandaLasch has exhibited their work internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs and architecture biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Dean Betsky believes that Lasch brings an approach to architecture that extends Frank Lloyd Wright’s love of craft, geometry, and space, using new technologies to take design both deeper and further. “We are excited to have Chris join us here at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,” says Betsky. “He brings skills, experience, and international reputation that will be of invaluable importance to us as we seek to all learn how to make an architecture that is more sustainable, open, and beautiful.”

Lasch will help lead a core faculty who are also practicing architects. They bring to the learning environment not only the principles and methodology of architecture, but their real world experience.