High School Residency: Studio 1

High School Residency: Studio 1 

4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 to noon on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Price: $1,200, which includes meals, housing and all materials.

This week-long high school residency program is focused on architecture, environment and design in the context of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater, one of America's most significant works of architecture.

Led by a registered architect and educator, this program provides an opportunity for students to examine and explore a host of Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, while living and studying in the midst of this historic building. Situated in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, the house serves as a catalyst to investigate the art and science of building, the history of the region, and environmental stewardship and sustainable design practices.

Students will engage in a series of hands-on exercises focusing on space, light, structure, and materials with special emphasis on creative problem solving, and Wright's ideas about nature and organic architecture. Program activities include individual and collaborative projects, drawing and model-making exercises, and daily working sessions in and around Frank Lloyd Wright's timeless architectural masterpiece. 

The instructor for this course is Daniel M. Cohen, who is a licensed architect and educator based in New York, NY.  A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, he has taught with the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Daniel previously worked for Lubetz Architects (Pittsburgh, Pa), CookFox Architects (New York, NY) and is currently working as a Project Manager for Grant Projects (New York, NY). 



  • Direct access and personal connection to Fallingwater
  • Architecture and design problems with hands-on building projects directly related to the house/site relationship
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions and applications of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • Drawing, design, and materials workshops
  • Interdisciplinary workshops in creative thought and expression



Student residents live dormitory-style at the Kirkpatrick House at High Meadow, a split-level house located on the scenic Bear Run Nature Reserve, within walking distance from Fallingwater. The highlands setting, with unsurpassed views of nearby Laurel Ridge, will recharge your creativity. We hold classes at the adjacent open-air studio and on-site at Fallingwater. Lunch and dinner are prepared by local restaurants, with one cooked by Fallingwater’s chef, featuring seasonal ingredients..


Any student who has completed his or her sophomore or junior year in high school is eligible to apply. An interest in learning more about architecture and the visual arts professions is a must. We limit enrollment to 10 students.

Apply for High School Residency, Studio 1
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017.

For more information, contact Ashley Andrykovitch, Curator of Education at aandrykovitch@paconserve.org