Insight/Onsite for Design Professionals

A program of the Fallingwater Institute

Insight/Onsite combines unfettered access to Fallingwater with discovery and observation, group exercises, technical explorations and in-depth scholarly discussions. During this two-day intensive workshop, professional architects and designers will explore Fallingwater and reside on site at High Meadow.

Insight/Onsite for Design Professionals provides participants with a unique understanding of Fallingwater and an opportunity to contemplate historic and contemporary applications of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas. Participants in this unique workshop will be eligible for continuing education learning credits through AIA.

Fallingwater Institute is an accredited provider of continuing education credits through the AIA.


  • Five distinct learning units that prompt exploration of themes like organic architecture, preservation engineering, and preservation design. Participants will participate in scholarly discussions and presentations about the architectural, structural and artistic aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater that still inspire and remain relevant to current design practice.
  • Learn about the feat of engineering, the post-tensioning process that took place in the early 2000’s, that strengthened and preserved Fallingwater’s famous cantilevers.
  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater, an international landmark included on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Hands-on learning and scholarly discussions
  • Continuing education credits through AIA (8.00 LU HSW)
  • Delicious meals provided, including a dinner on one of Fallingwater’s terraces

About the Instructors

Ivan Chow

Ivan Chow is an architect and award-winning artist. He was born in England, grew up in Southeast Asia, and has worked in the United States and around the world as an architect, educator and artist for four decades. Mr. Chow has practiced in various architecture firms including his own; managed a Boston-based private real estate investment fund; been a capital project manager at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; fulfilled leadership roles as department chair and academic dean at the Savannah College of Art and Design; and served as artist-in-residence at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. He received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts in theological studies from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Mr. Chow is a registered architect, a certificate holder with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and a member of the American Institute of Architects. His illustrations are published in a number of booklets including Travel Sketching: Drawing Insights from Istanbul, Sketching Fallingwater and Sketching Savannah. He currently resides in Savannah, Georgia.

John Matteo

John Matteo has played an integral role in the ongoing preservation of Fallingwater for more than 20 years. As part of Robert Silman’s team, he helped to prevent the possible collapse of the house’s cantilevers through the installation of an elegant post-tensioning solution in the early 2000s. Since that time, John has consulted on a range of preservation projects that require his structural engineering expertise. John is the principal of 1200 Architectural Engineers, PLLC located in Alexandria, VA. He is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering.


Participants will stay on the property in the newly constructed residence designed by AIA Gold Medalist architect Peter Bohlin, who is the 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 5,100-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! All meals are provided.


You must be a trained or practicing architect or design professional. Enrollment is limited.

Program Sessions

Insight/Onsite for Design Professionals

September 29 - October 1, 2023

Tuition $900
Price includes lodging, meals, materials, and continuing education credits through AIA.


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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.