High School Residency: Studio 1

Fallingwater Education: High School Residency Studio 1

When Fallingwater was constructed, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. was a young man who had explored several potential career paths ranging from studio art to architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship. His trial and error approach to career exploration combined with time spent at Fallingwater led him to his successful career as a curator and professor of architecture and art history.

High School Residency: Studio 1 is for students in grades 9 through 12 who are curious about careers in design, architecture or the visual arts. Program activities include individual and collaborative projects, drawing, model-making exercises, and daily drawing sessions in and around Fallingwater. Led by professional teaching architects, this program provides an opportunity for students to examine and explore Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas while living and studying at Fallingwater’s remarkable site.


  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater
  • Architecture and design exercises with hands-on drawing and building projects inspired by Fallingwater
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions and applications of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • Career exploration
  • Portfolio preparation


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, shared 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. All meals and snacks are provided, including some prepared by student participants.


Any student entering grades 9 through 12 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

For more information, contact Marie Woof, Fallingwater Institute program manager, at mwoof@paconserve.org.

Sunday, June 27 at 4 p.m. to Friday, July 2, 2021 at noon

Tuition is $1,000, which includes housing, meals, studio materials, house tours and instruction.