The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture announced today that Chris Lasch, a partner at Aranda\Lasch, is the school's new director of academic affairs. Lasch will teach at the school as well as work on curriculum and assessment, employee retention, and academic development.

"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," said the school's dean, Aaron Betsky, in a press release. (Betsky is also a columnist for ARCHITECT.)

Brutal beauty.

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Aranda\Lasch, which has offices in New York and Tuscon, Ariz., was founded in 2003 by Lasch and his partner Benjamin Aranda (seen above, right and left respectively, in front of Moshe Safdie, FAIA's Habitat 67). The studio's work includes the Art Deco Project in Miami, the Quasi Screen in Las Vegas, and the Quasi-series of furnishings.

The press release notes: "The School is currently pursuing a path of independent incorporation and accreditation; upon achieving this goal, Lasch would become Dean of the School, while Betsky would become its President."

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