Frank Lloyd Wright & The Automobile
April 27, 2021 at 12 p.m., EDT

Photograph of a Cord automobile

Join Brandon J. Anderson, executive director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, as he explores the history of Frank Lloyd Wright’s fascination with the automobile, both in his personal life and in his design concepts.

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If challenging times like these have a silver lining, it’s the innovation that emerges as our lives and our worlds undergo dramatic change. The pandemic has afforded us the freedom to break free of the status quo, reinvent how we do things and think creatively about what the future can bring.

One such idea for Fallingwater’s future was shaped by third-year undergraduate architecture students at Miami University. This past fall semester, the students explored the hypothetical concept of a Center for the Advancement of American Architecture as part of Professor John Reynolds’ Modern Vernacular studio course. Sited beside the Barn at Fallingwater, this center would build upon the legacy of Fallingwater by encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of the built environment through engaging exhibitions, research and educational programs. To create designs respectful of the existing context, the students gained inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas of organic architecture, nearby vernacular forms and principles of sustainable design.

We invite you to join Professor Reynolds, Fallingwater director Justin Gunther, Wescott House director Marta Wojcik and architect Bill James of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, as the students present four distinctive and innovative proposals for a new Center for the Advancement of American Architecture at Fallingwater.

View the presentation boards for the students’ four proposals:

Bryce Hendrickson, Tori Hoffmann, Emma Richards, Cam Rowe

Ben Kollmann, Reba Shoup, Lydia Noll, Gilbert Adu-Boampong

Teddy Walker, Hannah Maule, Paige Cardwell, Kayla Smith

Colin Finnigan, Mackenzie Kicher, Holly Reising, Macy Whitaker


Drawing from decades of on-site observation and photography, Rick Darke will present inspiring visions of Fallingwater and its landscape in all seasons and in its myriad moods and moments. He will explore the rare synergy between Fallingwater’s built architecture and its surrounding landscape, which offers unique insights into immersive design and ecological dynamics that are readily available to keen observers. Through an introduction to the art of observation, Rick will open your eyes to both detailed and broad perspectives of Fallingwater and provide you with basic tools to enhance your enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of the places you care about the most.

Rick Darke is a Pennsylvania-based consultant, author, photographer and teacher whose work blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and conservation of living landscapes. His projects include parks, preserves, scenic byways, private and public gardens, transportation corridors and post-industrial landscapes including the Iron Garden at Pittsburgh's Carrie Furnaces. Darke's work has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and is reflected in his many books including, "The American Woodland Garden," "The Living Landscape (co-authored with Doug Tallamy)," and "Gardens of the High Line (co-authored with Piet Oudolf)." Darke wrote and photographed the chapter Wright in the Woods for Lynda Waggoner's book, "Fallingwater," which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking. He has been studying and photographing Fallingwater's landscape for more than 35 years. See rickdarke.com for further info.

In this 90-minute virtual mini-symposium presented by Fallingwater and Miami University of Ohio on Jan. 16, 2021, leading architects and educators discussed Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture through the lens of contemporary efforts to create a more sustainable built environment for the future.

View this Dec. 14 webinar as Fallingwater’s 2020 Judy Cheteyan Collections Intern Gabrielle Roth shares information about the integral role Edgar Kaufmann jr. played in MoMA’s Good Design exhibition series and discusses how Good Design series objects influenced Fallingwater’s iconic décor.

Learn meditation with Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On October 28, Dr. Kerzin led a free meditation session live from Fallingwater. This unique opportunity explored the therapeutic benefits of meditation in a natural setting.

Watch this Oct. 27 conversation with art conservator Connie Stromberg as she explains the challenges and rewards of conserving the outdoor sculptures at Fallingwater and other museums across the country.

Immerse yourself in nature for this talk with Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on creating balance in our lives: Environment Creating Healthy Wellbeing, Wellbeing Creating Healthy Environments.

Follow Andrew Pielage as he shares his photographs and discusses his creative process in his webinar, Photographing a House in Motion.

Check out Luftwerk: Art in Nature at Fallingwater for an examination of art in nature through immersive, experience-based installations of light and color.

Watch Furnishing Fallingwater: The Kaufmann Textile Collection, as London-based textile designer Eleanor Pritchard and Fallingwater’s registrar, Rebecca Hagen, discuss textiles in the Fallingwater Collection.

View this lecture on the important post-tensioning effort at Fallingwater by structural engineer John Matteo.