Immersive Design Residency

The Fallingwater Institute invites technology professionals who design immersive, virtual environments for a studio-based residency program exploring design theory and practice related to immersive design in one of America’s most significant works of architecture. During this intensive program, participants will be challenged to spend a week unplugged while considering Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, completing a series of hands-on exercises in the studio and developing a personal project inspired by their time in residence.

This residency is led by Chatham University Professor Doug North Cook who started the university’s Immersive Media Program in 2018. He also develops virtual reality art and narrative experiences, and games with a small international team. Doug’s work combines his passion for VR/AR with his obsession with design thinking and theory. His work as both an educator and creator explores our relationship to space, the changing nature of human scale and impact of architectural design on spatial computing.


  • Direct access to Fallingwater
  • On-site housing
  • In-depth discussions related to design thinking, user experience, design process, project conceptualization, accessibility and more
  • Hands-on studio activities, exploring prototyping, project ideation, sketching and storyboarding, interface design and more


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 5,100-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 are provided.


Technology professionals having at least 1-2 years of experience in professional practice as well as experience with developing content for virtual, augmented, or mixed reality platforms will be considered. Enrollment limited to 10 students per session.

Course Offerings

Immersive Design Residency

October 6 - October 11, 2022

Single Occupancy: $2,400/person

Double Occupancy: $1,200/person. Roommates may be requested or assigned.

Price includes housing, meals, materials and tours.


Applications are accepted year-round.

Apply for Immersive Design Residency

COVID-19 Update: For the safety of students and staff, all participants in on-site residencies must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the Centers of Disease Control, during the application process. All students and staff will adhere to the current WPC COVID-19 safety requirements, which will be provided to participants in advance of the course.