High School Residency: Studio 1

Students can have hands-on learning experiences in architecture and design.

High School Residency: Studio 1 is for students in grades 9 through 12 curious about a career in design, architecture or the visual arts. This week-long program is focused on architecture, and design in the context of Frank Lloyd Wright's 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 Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, while living and studying at this remarkable site. Situated in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, Fallingwater serves as a catalyst for the investigation of the building, its history, construction, relationship to the setting 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,  model-making exercises, and daily working sessions in and around Fallingwater.


Interdisciplinary workshops in creative thought and expression including:

  • Exceptional access 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


Participants will stay at High Meadow, an award-winning residence designed by AIA Gold Medalist architect Peter Bohlin, founding principal of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.  The property is situated within the 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, adjacent to Fallingwater. High Meadow includes eight bedrooms, each with twin beds and a private bath as well as a kitchen and common areas for relaxing, dining and meeting. High Meadow’s setting, with its unsurpassed views of nearby Chestnut Ridge, is bound to inspire creativity.

Classes are held at the adjacent Cheteyan Studio, and on-site at Fallingwater. Meals are locally prepared.


Any student who has completed his or her sophomore or junior year in high school is eligible to apply. No previous design experience is required. Students curious about architecture, design or visual art careers are strongly encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited.

Apply for High School Residency, Studio 1
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

For more information, contact Marie Woof, Fallingwater Institute Programs Manager, at mwoof@paconserve.org.

For students entering grades 9 and 10:
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. to Friday, June 26, 2020 at noon

For students entering grades 11 and 12:
Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 4 p.m. to Friday, July 10, 2020 at noon

Tuition: $1,200, which includes housing, meals and all program costs including supplies.