Location & Cost


The ACSF 11 Symposium will take place at Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, Taliesin West offers attendees a place that is naturally and architecturally beautiful and inspiring. It is the perfect context in which to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits participants to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time within and without the remarkable Taliesin West will surely make attendees better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the huge challenges facing the world today.

At Taliesien West we will make use of the excellent 100-seat auditorium space to conduct all our lectures and discussions. If workshops are offered (this depends on the proposals we receive), smaller rooms will be utilized. The large auditorium and small spaces have air-conditioning. We also expect to have some of our social activities and lunches outdoors as the weather should be perfect for such events. We are devoting half a morning for a guided tour of Taliesin West. Since the symposium will conduct all its activities at Taliesin West, we will have ample time and opportunity to explore, feel, and dwell in the place.


Attendees will be lodged in the nearby Franciscan Renewal Center, also referred to as "The Casa." This is a peaceful, confortable, and friendly place offering single, double, and triple occupancy accommodations. Due to the limited number of rooms and contract conditions, ACSF 11 organizers will be booking the accommodations. As in previous symposia, priority will be given to authors/contributors. All the booking information will be made available after papers/proposals have been accepted and the final configuration of the symposium is known. But nobody should feel too concerned about finding places to stay. There are several hotels nearby, such as the Holiday Inn & Suites at Scottsdale North-Airpark, the Courtyard by Marriott at Scottsdale Salt River (near Talking Stick Resort) and the Residence Inn by Marriott (Phoenix Desert View at Mayo Clinic). However, the cost of staying at these hotels will be a bit higher than at the Franciscan Renewal Center.


In terms of getting to Taliesin West, attendees will fly to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). After looking at transportation, we concluded that using buses or rental vans is too expensive and impractical. We will do our best to coordinate so that symposium attendees car-pool. The drive from PHX to Taliesin West (located within the Scottsdale township) is 25 miles and takes about 30-40 minutes to do. Having cars (hopefully as few as possible) will also facilitate the elective trip we are planning to Arcosanti (https://arcosanti.org/ ) on Saturday morning (a 1:15-hour drive from Scottsdale). We utilized this car-pool transportation system when we organized the 2015 Symposium at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and worked very well.


Symposium fee will be $300 and will cover access to all functions including the Taliesin West tour, lunches (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), receptions /social events, and dinners (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). This symposium fee does not include the entry fee to Arcosanti. Accommodations at the Franciscan Renewal Center will cost $118/night for single occupancy, $90/night for double occupancy, and $80/night for triple occupancy. Accommodations at the Franciscan Renewal Center include breakfast. As said earlier, staying at the other nearby hotels will be a bit more expensive unless you share the room. Last time we checked, rooms were at $124 (Holiday Inn), $129 (Courtyard at Mariott), and $189 (Residence Inn by Marriott) whether single or double occupancy.