High School Residency: Studio 2

Students obtain skills and projects in preparation for architecture or design school.

High School Residency: Studio 2 is designed to assist students age 17 years or older in their preparation for admission to an architecture or design school. During the seven-day intensive skill building program, students will develop a strong portfolio of creative work. This course is led by a licensed architect and educator who will guide studio explorations that are comparable to a first-year studio foundation class, 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. In the studio, students will be challenged to reflect and respond further, using both 2-D and 3-D media. Students will create up to three portfolio-worthy pieces during this week-long intensive. They will develop a foundation of studio skills and be challenged to respond critically and collaboratively with peers and professional architects.

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


Interdisciplinary workshops in creative thought and expression including:

  • Direct 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. 


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 for High School Residency, Studio 2
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020.

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

Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, August 2, 2020 at noon

Tuition: $1,500, which includes housing, meals and all program costs including supplies.