Summer Immersion 2023

The School of Architecture, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932, is pleased to offer our Summer Immersion 2023 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. Application deadline April 30, 2023.

Our Summer Immersion 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.

Summer Immersion Program Description

For the Chicago portion of the program, students will be based on IIT’s campus in downtown Chicago, centered on the studio space in Mies Van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall. IIT’s campus boasts a number of important buildings by Mies, as well as the 2003 competition-winning Campus Center by Rem Koolhaas/OMA.

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 small public design proposal, informed by their tours and with input from local residents and community partners. 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.

Summer Immersion Program

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 engage local community and culture through special events and dinners.

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.

Throughout the Summer Immersion Program special events will include architectural firm tours, tours of privately-owned and rarely accessible Wright homes, and a series of dinners and social events hosted by the homeowners themselves.

Southern Wisconsin and Chicago are home to an expansive collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright. His important institutional
buildings in the area include Unity Temple in Oak Park, Taliesin in Spring Green, and the Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. Study tours of Wright’s works and other significant buildings will structure much of the program’s activities.

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Option 1

Chicago Only                                                                     June 14 – July 4, 2023 

Participants will gain the Chicago experience only with the opportunity to engage in a three-week studio project.

Program Fee $3,500*. This includes accommodations, meals, studio space, basic materials for design exercises

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

Option 2

Wisconsin Only                                                                  July 4 – July 25, 2023 

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.

$3,500 Program Fee. This includes accommodations, meals, studio space, basic materials for design exercises

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

Option 3

Chicago and Wisconsin                                                   June 14 – July 25, 2023 

Participants will gain the full Chicago and Wisconsin experience

Sign up by May 1 and receive a discounted Program Fee of $5,800. After May 1 the regular Program Fee of $6,000 applies**. This includes accommodations, meals, studio space, basic materials for design exercises

** Option 3 participants will receive 2 elective credit hours toward TSOA’s M.Arch program.

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.

NOTE: A discounted option without housing for local participants is available for discussion. Please contact us.

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 Immersion Program, please contact