Teacher Residency

Fallingwater Teachers Residency

Teacher Residency: K-12 and Museum Education, Teaching through Architecture

Join fellow teachers and museum educators for an exhilarating week-long learning opportunity.  Experience how learning through architecture and design can assist your students in gaining valuable 21st century thinking skills. The Fallingwater Teacher Residency course introduces the concept of activity-based inquiry with an emphasis on problem solving through architecture.

Focusing on Fallingwater with a cross-disciplinary eye, teacher residents will use the evaluation and creative problem solving process of design as a model for stimulating student-centered learning. We will explore the visual arts, history, architecture, sustainability, and the relationship of architecture and nature. Teacher residents will be immersed in a transformative and supportive learning environment with a focus on creative inquiry within each of their disciplines. This course will be taught by an architectural educator with experience specific to museums and K-12 curriculum.

Andrew P. Phillips, AIA is an award-winning practicing architect and educator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University. His extensive teaching background includes 15 years teaching at The University of Pennsylvania before departing to teach at The Charter High School for Architecture + Design in 2009. He is the Director of Design Education and the Design Faculty Chair. CHAD is a tuition-free, open application, public school of choice to 600 students in grades 9 through 12. There are no admission requirements of any kind to enroll at CHAD. Founded in 1999, it is the first architecture charter high school in the nation.


  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork
  • Exploration of the interrelationships between buildings and the natural environment
  • Investigation and application of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • Creation of student centered projects utilizing a framework for 21st century curriculum
  • Creation of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning activities using the inquiry-based approach to learning

Comments From Past Teacher Residents

“….a total immersion into Fallingwater….”
— Linda Danges, Pennsylvania

"I can't thank you enough for what the residency has done for my teaching strategies."
— Peter Tucker, Illinois

“The interdisciplinary inclusion is now a consistent consideration for me.”
— Ron Frenzen, Michigan


Participants will stay on the property in the newly constructed residence designed by AIA Gold Medalist architect Peter Bohlin, founding principal of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.  This property is situated adjacent to Fallingwater, and includes eight bedrooms, each with a private bath. This secluded site is surrounded by an amazing view of the Bear Run Nature Reserve – the 5,000 acre natural area that is home to Fallingwater.

Classes are held at the adjacent Cheteyan Studio, and on-site at Fallingwater. This is a casual and natural learning environment, where daily activities can inspire great things! Meals are prepared locally.


You must be a practicing teacher (any subject, any grade level) or museum educator to apply. We select teacher residents based on your stated interest, qualifications, and your ability to take the residency into your workplace. We limit enrollment to 16 students each year.

Apply for Teacher Residency
Application Deadline: June 1, 2019.

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

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