High School Residency: Studio 2

Fallingwater Education: High School Residency Studio 2

High School Residency: Studio 2 is for students age 17 years or older who are preparing for admission to an architecture, design or art school. During the seven-day intensive skill building program, students will create original, portfolio-worthy drawings, models and more. This course is led by a licensed teaching architect, who will guide studio explorations that are comparable to a first-year studio foundation course, which is a typical requirement in undergraduate programs in architecture, design and visual art. Students will enjoy expanded access to Fallingwater and opportunities for reflective writing and sketching from observation.

Students applying to this program will need to communicate through their application materials an existing base of skills in one or more artistic media.


  • 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 awareness
  • Portfolio preparation


Participants will stay at High Meadow, an award-winning residence designed by AIA Gold Medalist architect Peter Bohlin, who is the founding principal of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.  The property is situated within the 5,100-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, which surrounds 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. All meals and snacks are provided, including some prepared by student participants. 


All students who are at least 17 years of age and have completed their junior or senior year in high school are eligible to apply. Applicants should have at least three examples of 2-D and/or 3-D design or visual art work. Students curious about architecture, design or visual art careers are strongly encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited.


Our application requires three examples of student work in 2D and/or 3D media. Images and descriptions of work samples may be submitted as pdf, doc, docx or jpg through the online application form.

Apply to High School Residency: Studio 2

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

Sunday, July 25 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, August 1, 2021 at noon

Tuition is $1,200 and includes housing, meals, house tours, studio materials and instruction.