High School Residency for ACE Students

A program of the Fallingwater Institute

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 art and architecture history.

High School Residencies at Fallingwater honor Kaufmann’s legacy by providing opportunities for students to participate in immersive studio-based learning, career exploration, creative expression and self-discovery in a collaborative, supportive environment at Fallingwater’s remarkable site.

Thanks to the support of ACE Mentor Program, Fallingwater Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of full scholarships for ACE students to attend this session of High School Residency.


  • 12 full scholarships for tuition are available, provided by ACE Mentor Program
  • Live and work at High Meadow and the fully equipped Cheteyan Studio at High Meadow.
  • Airport shuttle to and from Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Architecture and design exercises with hands-on drawing and design projects inspired by Fallingwater
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions and applications of Wright’s principles of organic architecture
  • Career exploration
  • For additional details, please see the Fallingwater Institute’s Student Handbook.


High school students must be enrolled in ACE Mentor program and must be entering grades 9-12 in 2024. No previous design experience is required. Students curious about careers in creative fields, such as architecture, design, and visual art are strongly encouraged to register. Enrollment is limited.


A limited number of full scholarships are available for tuition, thanks to the generosity of ACE Mentor Program. All applicants will be considered for scholarships.

Please note that scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition only. Tuition includes housing, meals, materials, and instruction. Scholarships do not cover the cost of travel or other expenses. For additional financial support for travel expenses, please speak to your ACE Mentor for fundraising ideas and suggestions.

Program Sessions

High School Residency: Drawing + Model Making for Students of Ace Mentor Program

July 15 - July 19, 2024

High School Residency: Drawing + Model Making 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 drawing sessions in and around Fallingwater. Led by professional teaching architects and artists, High School Residencies provide an opportunity for students to examine and explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas while living and studying at Fallingwater’s remarkable site.


This application is to be completed by student and parent/guardian together.

Applications must be received by March 15, 2024.

For more information, contact fallingwaterinstitute@paconserve.org.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel your registration for a one-day workshop any time up to 30 days before the day of the program, you will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee.

If you cancel your registration for a multi-day program (residencies, Insight/Onsite, etc.) any time up to 30 days before the first day of the program, you will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee and a $150 cancellation fee.

If you cancel less than 30 days before the first day of a Fallingwater Institute program, refunds are not available.