Taliesin Next & Local First Arizona For(u)m Present “Design in the Desert: Function + Form in Arid Climates”

February 13, 2019
Taliesin West

Join Local First Arizona For(u)m and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Taliesin Next for an informative and entertaining panel discussion with leading authorities on designing for desert environments and the functional impacts of landscaping, sun, water, shade, and soil on form.


Panelists include the following, with introductions by Kimber Lanning (Founder, Local First) & Stuart Graff (President & CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) with Panel Moderator Fred Prozzillo (Vice President of Preservation, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation):

  • Cavin Costello (Principal Architect, The Ranch Mine)
  • Diane Jacobs (Principal, Holly Street Studio)
  • Jay Hicks (Principal Partner, Dig Studio)
  • Eddie Jones (Founder, Jones Studio)
  • Christopher Brown (Co-Founder, Floor Associates)


6:30 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Panel Presentations

8:00 p.m. Q&A & Post-Event Reception



$25 General Admission

20% discount for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members and Local First members. Proof of membership must be shown at check in.



Fred Prozzillo is Vice President of Preservation for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation where he directs the preservation at American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio, Taliesin West, a National Historic Landmark. He interned with renowned conservation architects Sandy, Kentro & Associates, working in Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Kathmandu, Nepal, and has worked on notable projects, such as the award winning restoration of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Prozzillo is a graduate of The School of Architecture at Taliesin.

Cavin Costello is a multiple national award-winning Registered Architect who co-founded the firm The Ranch Mine in 2010 with his wife Claire. Each project they design is informed by their mission statement to Honor the Past, Challenge the Norm, and Inspire the Future. To date their work has garnered accolades such as winning the AIA and Houzz “Future of Architecture” competition in 2015, being touted as the “Modern Desert Dwellers…that embrace local influences and sustainable practices” by Dwell Magazine in 2017 and being featured by Luxe Magazine in 2018 as one of “Ten talented architects leading the way with site specific designs that engage with nature” across the nation.

Diane Jacobs is the founding principal of Holly Street Studio Architects. Since 2005, Holly Street has completed nearly 100 projects in the public realm – Community Centers, Higher Ed Facilities, Parks and Recreation Buildings and Urban Masterplans. The work is consistently recognized for design excellence coming from program driven ideas that are grounded in context and inspired by civic discourse. While leading the firm, Diane has remained a steadfast advocate for Women’s Leadership as the Chair of the 3rd Biennial National Women’s Leadership Summit in Phoenix 2013, President of AIA Arizona in 2014 and Founder of the AZ Women’s Leadership Group which is now an active and thriving force in the AZ AIA.

Jay Hicks has more than 34 years of experience in planning and design for both the private and public sectors, projects ranging from 42-mile long river master plans to downtown urban spaces. His leadership skills were honed as the managing principal of EDAW/AECOM’s Phoenix office and recognized as chair of ULI’s Reality Check Program, past Chair and current Board Member of Arizona Forward, current Board Member of the Phoenix Community Alliance.

Eddie Jones founded Jones Studio in Phoenix, Arizona on June 8, 1979.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday.  It was not deliberate but Eddie likes the story!  He works out of his Tempe studio, sharing it with partners Neal, Brian and Jacob.  Current work includes the modernization of California’s largest commercial land port of entry and a new five story building for ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management in downtown Phoenix.

Christopher Brown, FASLA, is an award winning and internationally recognized landscape architect and founding partner of Floor Associates.  Chris is highly regarded as an industry leader for his pioneering work in sustainable arid region design including work on several LEED Platinum projects and the first and only Sustainable SITES certified project in Arizona.  Chris’ deep understanding and respect for native landscape and our desert vernacular are consistently expressed in beautiful, award-winning works that inspire, educate, and authentically embody their environment. Chris’ work transcends its Southwest desert context to provide a national precedent for the role that landscape architects can and should be playing in the practice of sustainable design and ecological restoration.  Chris earned his BS in urban planning and landscape architecture at Arizona State University and his MS in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2013, in recognition of his career of design leadership, Chris was inducted into the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Council of Fellows.

Taliesin Next & Local First Arizona For(u)m’s “Design in the Desert: Function + Form in Arid Climates” supported in part by our community partner, Chasse Building Team.

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