The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture can be as unconventional as its founder. Since 1932, students have largely learned by doing—which in the early days involved learning kitchen design by preparing meals for the Wright family. Back then, students left without diplomas. Wright "thought you didn't have to have a degree—his letter of recommendation was enough," his grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, said.
In recent years, the school has worked to shed its reputation as a kind of cult; in 1992 it earned accreditation, and with it the ability to offer a professional degree. But now it has received an unwelcome blow: starting in 2017, it will no longer have that accreditation, meaning it will have to disband its M.Arch. program, says Sean Malone, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.