Design Challenge: Gnome House

Summer Day Camp: Gnome House Design Challenge

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Do you know a child who is interested in architecture, design, nature or gnomes? Students age 8 to 13 are invited to join Fallingwater's education staff for a full day of fun and learning with gnomes and design.


The gnome project challenges students to design a home for their clients’ needs.

Annual Gnome House Design Challenge

Attention homeschoolers, classroom teachers or any students who are interested in design! Fallingwater invites you to participate in its annual Design Challenge, an educational program for students who are eight to 13 years old.

Whether you live around the corner from Fallingwater or around the world, and whether it’s a home school, after-school or class project, students will experience the architectural design process just like real architects. This project may be completed by students independently or collaboratively as a class. It culminates in a Gnome House Symposium held each May at Fallingwater.

Over the course of the school year or semester, students will learn about Fallingwater and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright while they think creatively and use decision-making skills to plan and design houses for their clients. The students' clients are gnomes, which come with unique challenges and requests for their specific home design. During the Design Challenge, creativity, math, science, technology and language arts skills overlap during the seven hands-on lessons in architectural and design.

The Fallingwater Design Challenge is a great option for homeschoolers, scout troops, school groups and individual students. After an initial on-site workshop (distance learning options are available), students or teachers will receive seven design assignments, which will challenge them to work through the steps of the architectural design process as an independent project or with their classroom teacher.

Teachers and/or parents can request more information by filling out this form.

For questions, please contact Max Adzema at