The Hands and Hearts That Built Arcosanti
Arcosanti Alumni are the 8,000+ people who have completed a 5-6 week apprenticeship-style workshop at Arcosanti and Cosanti since the first “Silt Pile Workshop” in 1963. Participants came from around the world, representing a variety of trades, disciplines, socio-economic backgrounds and education. Galvinized by a shared belief in finding a better way to build cities and communities while respecting the ecology of the plane, these volunteers helped to build Arcosanti.
We fondly refer to this special group of people in the history of our organization as alumni. Without them, Arcosanti would not have been built or been recognized in the history of architecture for its contributions to sustainable building practices. Many alumni have stayed on – or returned – to volunteer their time and talents to Arcosanti, which in the parlance of Arcosanti Alumni is sometimes called simply, “The Project.” Still others went on to apply their experiences and knowledge gleaned during their Workshop into their lives and their work. The hard work and time that Arcosanti’s alumni gave in the service of the Urban Laboratory continues to impress and astonish us and all those who visit Arcosanti.
United by their unique experiences gained through Workshops, The Cosanti Foundation supports and encourages all of the efforts of Arcosanti Alumni to remain connected to each other and to what is happening at Arcosanti today.
2022 Alumni Reunion
This summer, we’re celebrating the 8000+ Cosanti and Arcosanti workshop alumni who have helped bring the dream of arcology to life. Join us in June for the 2022 Arcosanti Alumni Reunion!
Can you believe it’s been almost 10 years since the last time a big group of alumni got together at Arcosanti?
This year’s reunion is a long time coming, so we’ve got a lot to share with you. We can’t wait for you to meet all the new staff and residents, including our new CEO & Executive Director, Liz Martin-Malikian, and to see all the improvements that are being made throughout Arcosanti and The Cosanti Foundation.
The weekend will include live music, an Italian Night dinner under the Vaults, an alumni memorial, special tours of Arcosanti, Frugal Soup, our first-ever Alumni Award, opportunities to get involved with the revitalized farm and food program, plenty of time to explore and socialize, and so much more.
Alumni Records Database
Remember those index cards you filled out when you first came to Arcosanti for a Workshop? Well, we’ve gotten a little more sophisticated over the years but we’re still only as accurate as the information you share with us. Please help us keep our records current. Maybe you’ve moved, changed jobs, or have a different email address… whatever it is, we’d like to know so we can stay in touch.
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of when ground was first broken at Arcosanti. Arcosanti Alumni have such incredible stories…we’d love to hear yours. When you share your Arcosanti memory with us, be sure to include your name, workshop year (if applicable), and mailing address. In exchange, we’ll send you a limited edition Arcosanti 50th Anniversary Logo decal and possibly include your memory in our e-newsletter or included on this website.
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