Fallingwater Institute

When Edgar Kaufmann jr. entrusted Fallingwater to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963, he envisioned Fallingwater not only as a place where visitors would come to experience great architecture, but also where a deeper experience of art, design and nature might occur.

Kaufmann imagined that Fallingwater could become a place where artists, scholars, designers and learners might come to find inspiration from the building and its landscape while pursuing individual or group study. Today, the Fallingwater Institute, formally established in 2015, honors that vision by providing a stimulating location for creative collaboration and inspired thinking through immersive classes, workshops and residencies. By serving an international community through its innovative programming, the Fallingwater Institute works to create and disseminate new ideas that promote harmony between people and nature.

For a complete list of available sessions, see the Fallingwater Institute Program Calendar.

Student Handbook

Fallingwater Institute’s student handbook includes further information about travel, directions, housing, and more. Please be sure to review the student handbook before arriving on site.

Virtual Summer Camps

Learn about Fallingwater and Frank Lloyd Wright’s design philosophy while preparing for the college application process. Learn about careers in fields like design, architecture, fine art, and more, from the comfort of your home. Fallingwater Institute Virtual Summer Camps serve as a companion to our high school residency programs. Virtual Summer Camps are appropriate for high school students of all skill levels. During these week-long educational programs, our expert instructors will lead group discussions, present challenging, independent projects, and provide individualized feedback to help you build your skills.

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College Residency

This opportunity is perfect for groups of graduate or undergraduate students seeking an intensive study in architecture, design, architectural history, landscape architecture, museum studies or conservation.

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We invite proposals from groups and organizations seeking a natural setting for sessions in advanced thinking to spark critical discourse and develop strategies for success.

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