Mill Run, Pa. – April 9 – Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, is accepting applications from high school students and K-12 educators for its one-week summer residency programs.
The programs offer two sessions at different skill levels for students, both valuable to those considering architecture as a career, and one session for teachers.
“I found my inner draftsman…the satisfaction I found in completing a new project using skills I’d never used before was immeasurable,” said Bonnie Collins, a 2013 teacher resident.
Organizers teach the classes in an open-air studio and at Fallingwater, house the students at a nearby home and provide meals to participants. During their time in the program, students and teacher residents examine the principles of organic architecture and learn through creative problem solving and collaboration.
“Participants in the summer residency programs are inspired by their time spent in and around Fallingwater to design and build projects in our studio,” said Roy Young, curator of education at Fallingwater. “We use an engaging and informal learning environment to explore the themes of organic architecture, elements and principles of design and critical thinking in the context of the house and its surroundings.”
All applications are due before April 30. For more information or to apply, visit www.Fallingwater.org/learn or call 724-329-7826.
High School Residencies
Architecture Camp: Studio 1
This program, held from July 22 to July 29, is focused on architecture, environment and design in the context of Fallingwater. Led by Peter Goldstein, AIA, an educator and licensed architect from Dallas, this program allows students to examine and explore a host of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas while studying in the midst of this historic building located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.
Students will engage in hands-on exercises focusing on space, light, structure and materials, with emphasis on creative problem solving and Wright’s ideas about nature and organic architecture. Program activities include individual and collaborative projects, drawing and model-making exercises and daily working sessions. Tuition, room and board are $1,300.
Architecture Camp: Studio 2
High school students 17 years and older who are considering an architecture or design undergraduate program and need to build a strong, college-bound portfolio of creative work are encouraged to apply for Studio 2. This program, held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, is ideal for students who are exploring the fields of architecture and design or seeking a gap-year opportunity.
The students will be exposed to traditional elements of the first-year studio foundation, typical of courses required in architecture, design and the visual arts. The intended outcome of this course is to assist students in the creation of three projects suitable for a college-bound portfolio. Students will explore 2D and 3D design problems and mediums, as well as craft and critique. Tuition, room and board are $1,300.
Students applying to this program will need to communicate through their application materials an existing base of skills in one or more art mediums. Digital (CD) or printed portfolios should be submitted with your application to this program. The instructor for this course is Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools at Norwich University’s School of Architecture and Art.
K-12, Teaching through Architecture
K-12 teachers are invited to learn how architecture and design can help students gain 21st-century thinking skills. The Fallingwater Teacher Residency course, held from July 8 to July 15, introduces the concepts of activity-based inquiry and problem solving through architecture.
Within the context of Fallingwater, participants will explore the visual arts, history, architecture, sustainability and the relationship of architecture and nature. This course will be taught by Andrew Phillips, co-chair of the design department at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD). Tuition, room and board are $1,000. Enrollment is limited.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 235,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 135 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of about 12,500 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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