Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency

K-12, Teaching through Architecture


Join fellow educators for an exhilarating week-long learning opportunity for K-12 teachers.  Experience how learning through architecture and design can assist your students in gaining valuable 21st century thinking skills. The Fallingwater Teacher Residency course introduces the concept of activity-based inquiry with an emphasis on problem solving through architecture.


Focusing on Fallingwater with a transdisciplinary eye, teacher residents will use the evaluation and creative problem solving process of design as a model for stimulating student centered learning. We will explore the visual arts, history, architecture, sustainability, and the relationship of architecture and nature. Teacher residents will be immersed in a transformative and supportive learning environment with a focus on creative inquiry within each of their disciplines. This course will be taugh by a veteran architectural educator with experience specific to K-12 curriculum.











  • Direct and personal connection to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork
  • Exploration of the interrelationships between buildings and the natural environment
  • Investigation and application of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • Creation of student centered projects utilizing a framework for 21st century curriculum
  • Creation of interdisciplinary, problem-based learning activities using the inquiry-based approach to learning


Dates and Tuition for 2014

Comments From Past
Teacher Residents

“It's an opportunity to experience a relationship with a building.”
— Peter Vietgen, Ontario

“….a total immersion into Fallingwater….”
— Linda Danges, Pennsylvania

"I can't thank you enough for what the residency has done for my teaching strategies."
— Peter Tucker, Illinois

“I now have a better understanding of how architecture education can be utilized to enhance instruction and learning. The interdisciplinary inclusion is now a consistent consideration for me.”
— Ron Frenzen, Michigan

“I now recognize and appreciate another side of architecture that I have not known how to teach.”
— H.R. Reynolds, Vermont

“Architecture education is important because it addresses multiple ways to perceive and proceed in developing skills, and teaching people about the relationship of self to others, environment, and a spiritual core.”
— Katie Wolf, California 

Early admission applications must be postmarked by March 31

Standard applications must be postmarked by April 30

Residency dates are: July 8-15

Tuition, room and board: $1,000

Early admission discount: $150

Please include a statement in the application defining your financial need. Fallingwater will consider all requests for financial assistance on a case-by-case evaluation once admission has been granted.


Teacher residents room dormitory-style at the Kirkpatrick House in the high meadow, a country house located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve, a short distance from Fallingwater. The highlands setting with unsurpassed views of nearby Laurel Ridge will recharge your creativity and your spirit. We hold classes at the adjacent open-air studio and on-site at Fallingwater. This is a casual and natural learning experience, where daily activities can inspire great things! Meals are prepared locally and feature seasonal ingredients.



You must be a practicing teacher (any subject, any grade level) to apply. We select Teacher Residents based on your stated interest, qualifications, and your ability to take the Residency into the classroom. We limit enrollment to 10 students each year.


To Apply:

We are currently accepting applications for the 2014 Teacher Residency. 

Please write a statement of your interest in the Fallingwater residency program. Your statement must include the following:

  1. Your name/address/phone/email address
  2. Name of school/school address/phone number
  3. Subject(s) and grade(s) you teach
  4. What you hope to gain from the residency experience
  5. Explain how and what you feel you will contribute to the group
  6. How you can extend this experience into the classroom
  7. Attach a one-page resume and creative example of your research writing or artistic endeavors.

Mail to:

Jennifer Hiebert
Education Programs Coordinator
PO Box R
Mill Run PA 15464

Questions or Additional Information:

Please contact Jennifer Hiebert, Education Programs Coordinator at 724-329-7826 or jhiebert@paconserve.org.