Group of teachers gathered outside Robie House

Professional development seminar

Teachers of grades 3-8 are invited to explore the union of art, architecture and social history visible in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. This 3-day professional development seminar integrates content about art, design and architecture with humanities and math topics, and provides tours, lectures, discussions, hands-on experiences, online and hard-copy resources, and unit and lesson ideas. Participants will have opportunities to collaborate on ways to engage students in ideas about how architecture affects contemporary communities and shapes how Americans live, work and play.

The American Institute of Architects has declared the Robie House to be one of the ten most significant structures of the twentieth century. Using the Robie House itself as a primary teaching tool, Trust education staff will lead teachers through development of a basic architectural fluency (visual and verbal) that will help them and their students explore the ways in which architecture — as part of our visual culture — is in constant dialogue with the world that surrounds it. Teachers will learn to connect changes in architectural trends to national, city and community-level history. The seminar culminates in the creation of lesson plans to pilot in the upcoming school year.

Morning snacks will be provided each day. Lunch is on your own.

Participants receive 15 CPDUs.

For more information, call the education department at 312.994.4030 or email


Tuesday, August 5, 2014 to Thursday, August 7, 2014


9 am – 3 pm


Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637