Summer Design Discovery 2022

The School of Architecture, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932, is pleased to offer our Summer Design Discovery 2022 program for a second year.

This immersion program is open to adults of all ages who are interested in architecture and urbanism. A background in the field is not required.

Our Summer Design Discovery program will explore notions of collective space in architecture and urban design through both historic and contemporary projects across rural and urban landscapes. Participants will engage in tours and private events at a number of significant Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Chicago and Wisconsin, as well as many other important cultural and architectural sites in the region.

Over the course of 6 weeks, home base will move from Chicago to Wisconsin. Studio space will be provided at the iconic architectural sites of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wyoming Valley School in Spring Green and Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at IIT. The program’s two midwestern base locations exemplify two contrasting urban conditions that students will experience and study.

Design Discovery Program Description

At the heart of the Chicago program will be a short design project in collaboration with a local community organization. Students will engage design through a public furniture proposal, informed by their travels and with input from local residents and community partners. Taking cues from this past year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Available City, students will imagine how design can inform, augment, and engage neighborhood communities.

Studio days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and will include architectural tours in and around the Chicago area.

Design Discovery

The last 3-weeks in Wisconsin will include exploration of the “driftless” region of the state, including numerous significant Wright sites in Wisconsin. This dramatic landscape fundamentally informed Wright’s work, including his theories on Organic Architecture and his early Chicago-based projects through which he defined his quest to establish a uniquely American architecture. While in Wisconsin, students will work from the historic Wyoming Valley School, which was built by Wright in 1956. The school will serve as home base for a series of excursions throughout the region organized around visits, tours and events focused on Wright’s work.

Students will participate in a series of short design and documentation exercises themed around Wright’s work, observing relationships between individual and collective spaces, architecture and landscape, and urban and suburban form. These exercises will explore these relationships through the lenses of scale and organization, program, materials, and environment, all of which inform the role of architecture within culture and society. Exercises will be complemented by readings of Wright’s works and thought.

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Option 1

Chicago and Wisconsin                                              June 14 – July 26, 2022 

Please contact for program fees

Participants will gain the full experience of both locations with the opportunity to engage in a three-week studio project in Chicago. 

*Program fees will be credited toward the M.Arch program should a participant decide to enroll.

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Option 2

Wisconsin Only                                                                  July 5 – July 26, 2022 

Please contact for program fees

Participants will gain the Wisconsin experience only, with a focus on learning the history of Frank Lloyd Wright’s works through short exercises and readings.

Vaccination Requirements

All participants must provide proof of full vaccination at least two weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Participants should prepare

Sketchbook, preferred drawing tools, camera or camera phone, laptop or iPad, Rhino/Adobe software (optional for non-background participants), comfortable walking shoes including footwear for a canoe trip

Costs Included

Accommodations, meals, studio space, basic materials for design exercises

Not included

Airfare, local transportation**, final project materials

**Local ridesharing can be coordinated for participants without cars. Please ask about options upon applying.

For more information on the Summer Design Discovery program, please contact