High School Residency: Studio 3

High School Residency Studio 3

We invite students who are entering their junior or senior year, who have previously attended Fallingwater Institute High School Residencies and/or who are interested in learning more about careers in design, architecture, visual art, language arts, industrial arts or any other creative field, to collaboratively explore the design process during a unique residency program.

Spend a week exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s harmonious design and discover Wright’s interest in designing everything at Fallingwater, from furniture to light fixtures to social experiences.  Produce portfolio-worthy ideas including drawings, models and a final collaborative project, inspired by Fallingwater. Learn how today’s artists, architects and designers may find themselves on surprising, creative career paths, designing things other than traditional buildings, and what kinds of careers you might consider if you are interested in creative fields.

Join Fallingwater Institute instructor, Nick Liadis, for this interdisciplinary program. Liadis is a cross-disciplinary thinker, working at the interface of architecture and avian conservation biology. Trained as an architect—balancing professional practice with teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Chatham University, and the Fallingwater Institute—he’s defined a new approach to architecture by expanding a strong interest in the natural world, and in particular, birdlife. He cooks, too!

Sunday, August 8 at 4 p.m. – Friday, August 13, 2021 at noon

Tuition is $1,000, which includes housing, meals, studio materials, house tours, and instruction.


Interdisciplinary workshops in creative thought and expression including:

  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater, opportunities to explore both interior and exterior
  • Studio instruction provided by a skilled teaching architect
  • Creative, studio exercises directly related to the house/site relationship
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • A culminating final event (a meal) at Fallingwater, shared with fellow program participants


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, adjacent to 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. Meals are locally prepared, some prepared by student participants.


Any student who has completed his or her sophomore year in high school (entering grades 11 through 12) is eligible to apply. Students curious about creative careers and/or with creative backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students who have attended High School Residency: Studio 1 and/or High School Residency: Studio 2 are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited.

Apply for High School Residency: Studio 3

For more information, contact Fallingwater Institute Program Manager Marie Woof, at mwoof@paconserve.org.