Insight/Onsite: Rituals in Architectural Practice

A program of the Fallingwater Institute

For the Kaufmann family, Fallingwater was a place for renewal in nature and inspired thinking. Wright’s thoughtful design took the family’s daily life and personal rituals into consideration in such a way that the house formed around the family’s lives with the same elegance that it forms around the landscape.

During this workshop, Daniel ​M. ​Cohen invites ​architecture and design ​professionals to explore the concept of ritual as a source of continual inspiration in ​their ​professional practice. ​Participants will draw inspiration from Fallingwater during guided tours and self-guided exploration, to design a ritual to reinforce their professional practice. Just as Wright anchored the home around the restorative rituals of the Kaufmann family, participants will explore how they can reconnect with the curiosity and creativity of their professional practice, through a series of guided studio explorations and discussions.

Fallingwater Institute is AIA CES Registered. Participants in this program will be eligible for 14 LU|HSW.


  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater, an international landmark included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, including special evening access
  • On-site housing at Fallingwater Institute’s educational facility, High Meadow
  • Guided hikes, tours, and scholarly discussions
  • Visits to nearby Kentuck Knob and Ohiopyle State Park

About the Instructors

​Daniel M. Cohen

Architect, Educator and Researcher

Daniel M. Cohen is an architect, educator and researcher from Brooklyn, New York. With a passion for materials and assembly, Daniel believes that great architecture should transform over time, by gracefully aging and adapting over time. Daniel has been teaching studios focused on Design / Build at the Fallingwater Institute since 2017, currently practices as a Senior Architect at Dattner Architects in New York, NY, and continues his research into biocomposite reinforcing materials with his company, FibreWerks. ​​ ​


Participants will stay on the property at High Meadow, a 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.


Adult professionals with at least 5 years of professional experience in ​architecture, design, engineering, planning or related practices.​

Program Sessions

October 25 - October 28, 2024

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


$750 per person. All purchases are subject to an additional 6% processing fee which is nonrefundable. Tuition includes lodging, meals, tour tickets, studio materials, and exceptional access to Fallingwater. 

Register Now

For more information, contact

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.