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In Conversation Online: A Closer Look at the Oak Park Studio with Professor Lisa Schrenk

May 23, 2024

Before Taliesin, Taliesin West, or The Fellowship, there was the Oak Park Studio. Wright’s first studio (1989 – 1909) meshed his home and work lives and became a place of community and education. The Studio was not just an iconic building, but also served as a place for experimentation and creativity, providing a setting for early attempts at many of the ideas the architect explored further later in his career.

Join us as Lisa Schrenk, Professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona and Jennifer Gray, Vice President and Director of the Taliesin Institute, discuss Schrenk’s book, The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. This is a virtual program that can be enjoyed from anywhere! Participants will have access to a recording of the conversation for 30 days after the program.   


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10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Adults $25
Students (13-25 with student ID) $17
Members $22.50

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Lisa Schrenk

Meet Our Presenter

Lisa D. Schrenk, Ph.D. (BA: Macalaster College; Master of Architectural History: UVirginia; Ph.D. UTexas, Austin) is a Professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona and co-founder of the global Institute for the Study of International Expositions. She is a former Education Director for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation and has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Architectural Historians and as President of the Chicago Society of Architectural Historians. Her research reassesses developments in modern architecture with focuses on Chicago, international expositions, and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her numerous publications include The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright (UChicago) and Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair (UMinnesota). Dr. Schrenk has documented works of architectural significance in over 85 countries, including while teaching on two around-the-world Semester at Sea voyages. In 2020 she was named AIA Arizona Community Educator of the Year, in part for initiating and serving as faculty advisor for the University of Arizona’s Women in Architecture Society.