Summer Residency Program Offers Students and Teachers a Week at Fallingwater

Wed, Mar 12th 2008, 15:36. Filed under News Releases.

Mill Run, Pennsylvania, March 12, 2008 − Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Mill Run, Pa., is now accepting applications from high school students and teachers of any subject, at any grade level, to participate in its summer residency programs.

Each program offers twelve people close access to an architectural masterpiece, on-site design studios with practicing architects, thoughtful discussions led by Wright scholars, and other unique study opportunities. Fallingwater from above and below, inside and out, in a detailed exploration of this world-famous architectural landmark.

“There is simply no other way to study a landmark building this closely – it’s an experience that textbooks and videos can’t replicate,” says Cara Armstrong, Fallingwater’s curator of education. “I encourage students and teachers to apply early.”

Former High School Residency Scholar Mike Royer said, "Besides being able to study with a group of peers at one of the most beautiful places on earth, I was able to learn a new way of thinking which has continued to influence me as my education has continued. Fallingwater was my first experience in a studio environment and gave me an advantage in future situations."

For a deeper understanding of the building, residents also examine the ecology of Western Pennsylvania’s unique landscape, explore the value of sustainable building and contextually derived building methods, and pursue the poetry of light and sound, which is a part of Wright’s work. Students complete several design inquiries that encourage a close look at their surroundings, while pursuing a broader dialogue about building materials, forms and methods. Teachers use the process of discovery as a fresh model for stimulating student-directed learning.

Programs are held during the times indicated below. Tuition includes accommodations and most meals.

High School Residency Program:

July 9-16 Tuition: $650
July 19-26 Tuition: $650

Teacher Residency Program:

Beyond Fallingwater June 14-21 Tuition: $650
Learning from the Laurel Highlands June 24-26 Tuition: $75
Focus on Fallingwater August 3-10 Tuition: $650
The Science Behind Historic Preservation August 12–17 Tuition: $650

Additional information and applications are now available online at fw-summer.asp or by contacting Fallingwater Education Assistant Jennifer Hiebert at or by phone at 724-329-1441, ext. 1204 before May 1, 2008.


Fallingwater is easily accessible from Exit 91 of the Pennsylvania turnpike, Fallingwater is located 4 miles south of Mill Run, PA along PA Route 381.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 75th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.

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